North Dakota farmers and ranchers won a battle against anti-animal agriculture groups when ballot initiative Measure 5 was defeated in Tuesday’s elections.

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA), which previously fought a similar battle against Proposition B in Missouri with groups such as Missouri Farmers Care, released a statement about the victory.

"We commend the voters of North Dakota for pushing back on the animal rights extremist group HSUS," said Missouri Cattlemen's Association MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering.

"MCA was honored to assist our counter part in North Dakota, the North Dakota Animal Stewards and Missouri Farmer's Care, in educating people about this extremist group, who is determined to put farmers and ranchers out of business."

The press release goes on to say after the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) moved into the state of North Dakota with a radical agenda, the state's agriculture, sportsmen and animal owner's grouped together to successfully defeat Measure 5.

Those who worked together in opposition of Measure 5 formed the North Dakota Animal Stewards. They worked to educate those across their state on the truth of the issue, said MCA.

Measure 5 would make it a class “C” felony for cruelty to dogs, cats and horses. On the North Dakota Animal Stewards website, Jason Schmidt, North Dakota Stockmen's Association president and a fourth-generation Medina, N.D., farmer and rancher, says "It is poorly worded by design to give animal rights groups like the HSUS a foothold in North Dakota to make more sweeping changes later, like they've done in places like Missouri, California and other states."

Deering said North Dakota's victory sends a clear message to activists that voters are not as easy to manipulate as they think.

Read a previous article in Bovine Veterinarian about Measure 5 and the North Dakota Animal Stewards’ fight against it leading up to Tuesday’s elections.