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Letter: Protect animals; no on 71

As we Coloradans vote this fall, we should all be aware of an anti-democratic provision on the ballot that all advocates of good government should oppose. Amendment 71 would take away your voting rights by making it more difficult for citizens to participate in the ballot initiative process.

For those of us who care about preventing animal cruelty, this is especially worrisome. When lawmakers failed to address key animal welfare issues, voters had to resort to ballot initiatives to achieve the reforms. In one case, a constitutional amendment to stop the use of barbaric and indiscriminate steel-jawed leghold traps and other body-gripping traps would not have qualified or been approved by voters if it had to meet the onerous qualification and passage standards stipulated in Amendment 71.

Why is it fair to elect politicians by a simple majority or even a plurality but require a supermajority standard for certain ballot questions? It’s just a way to concentrate more power with elected officials and special interests and deny power and authority to citizens. They treat us as if they know so much more than we do. If you care about opposing animal cruelty and supporting voting rights, vote “no” on Amendment 71.

Aubyn Royall

Colorado state director, Humane Society of the United States


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