2019 Legislative Session- Take Action

There are currently 5 bills in the Mississippi Legislature that are working to improve conditions for animals. We need your help to ensure our state legislators hear it loud and clear: animal welfare is a priority for Mississippians. 

We ask that you contact your state Senators and Representatives to request their support for the bills in their chamber. Find your legislators here.  Please report back via email who you spoke with and what they said. Are they in support of the bill(s)? Do they have issues with them? If so, what are they? Remember to be courteous and respectful. Use this as an opportunity to educate your representative if they are not yet in support. 

 

 

1. HOUSE BILL NO. 984 (Representative Snowden)-AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 97-41-16, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CREATE A FIRST-OFFENSE FELONY OF AGGRAVATED ABUSE OF A DOG OR CAT; TO ENACT DEFINITIONS; TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF COUNTS THAT CAN BE CHARGED ARISING FROM A SINGLE INCIDENT; TO REQUIRE THAT REPORTING OF ALL OFFENSES AGAINST DOGS OR CATS WILL CONFORM TO FBI REPORTING GUIDELINES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

This bill must pass the House Judiciary B. Committee before being brought to the floor for a vote.

Judiciary B
    Angela Cockerham, Chairman; Willie Bailey, Vice-Chairman
      Members: Jeramey Anderson; William Tracy Arnold; Nick Bain; David Baria; Shane Barnett; Joel Bomgar; Cedric Burnett; Deborah Butler Dixon; Kevin Ford; Karl Gibbs; Joey Hood; Kevin Horan; Timmy Ladner; Roun McNeal; Sam C. Mims, V; Noah Sanford; Donnie Scoggin; Fred Shanks; William Shirley; Jason White; Stacey Wilkes; Patricia H. Willis; Henry Zuber III

 

2. HOUSE BILL NO. 843 (Representative Crawford)- AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 97-41-16, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CREATE A FIRST-OFFENSE FELONY OF AGGRAVATED ABUSE OF A DOG OR CAT; TO ENACT DEFINITIONS; TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF COUNTS THAT CAN BE CHARGED ARISING FROM A SINGLE INCIDENT; TO REQUIRE THAT REPORTING OF ALL OFFENSES AGAINST DOGS OR CATS WILL CONFORM TO FBI REPORTING GUIDELINES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

This bill must pass the House Agriculture Committee before being brought to the floor for a vote.

Agriculture
    Bill Pigott, Chairman; Vince Mangold, Vice-Chairman
      Members: Nick Bain; Manly Barton; Donnie Bell; Lester Carpenter; John Glen Corley; Deborah Butler Dixon; Jarvis Dortch; Dan Eubanks; Michael T. Evans; Robert Foster; Karl Gibbs; Jeffery Harness; Gregory Holloway, Sr.; Mac Huddleston; Abe Hudson; Lataisha Jackson; Chris Johnson; Bill Kinkade; Timmy Ladner; Steve Massengill; Doug McLeod; Ken Morgan; Karl Oliver; Orlando Paden; Noah Sanford; Donnie Scoggin; Gary V. Staples; Preston E. Sullivan; Jerry R. Turner; Kenneth Walker; Price Wallace

 

3. HOUSE BILL NO. 990 (Representative Snowden)- AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 97-41-2, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE FOR THE SEIZURE OF DOGS FOR WHICH THERE IS PROBABLE CAUSE THAT THEY ARE USED FOR DOG FIGHTING; TO REQUIRE THAT AN ANIMAL OWNER REQUEST A HEARING WITHIN FIVE DAYS OF ANIMAL SEIZURE OR PERMANENTLY FORFEIT THE ANIMAL; TO AUTHORIZE IMMEDIATE EUTHANIZATION FOR ANIMALS THAT ARE NOT LIKELY TO RECOVER; TO AMEND SECTION 97-41-16, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT SIMPLE CRUELTY TO A DOG OR CAT IS A FELONY; TO PROVIDE THAT MULTIPLE ACTS OF SIMPLE OR AGGRAVATED CRUELTY TO ONE DOG OR CAT ARE SEPARATE OFFENSES; TO PROVIDE THAT ACTS OF SIMPLE OR AGGRAVATED CRUELTY TO MULTIPLE DOGS OR CATS ARE SEPARATE OFFENSES; TO AMEND SECTION 97-41-19, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THE ARRESTING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER SHALL APPOINT A TEMPORARY CUSTODIAN FOR ANY DOGS SEIZED PENDING FINAL DISPOSITION OF THE ANIMAL; TO BRING FORWARD SECTION 97-41-18, WHICH RELATES TO PROHIBITIONS ON FIGHTING ANIMALS, WAGERING AND BETTING, AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

This bill must pass the House Judiciary B Committee before being brought to the floor for a vote.

Judiciary B
    Angela Cockerham, Chairman; Willie Bailey, Vice-Chairman
      Members: Jeramey Anderson; William Tracy Arnold; Nick Bain; David Baria; Shane Barnett; Joel Bomgar; Cedric Burnett; Deborah Butler Dixon; Kevin Ford; Karl Gibbs; Joey Hood; Kevin Horan; Timmy Ladner; Roun McNeal; Sam C. Mims, V; Noah Sanford; Donnie Scoggin; Fred Shanks; William Shirley; Jason White; Stacey Wilkes; Patricia H. Willis; Henry Zuber III

 

4. SENATE BILL NO. 2014 (Senator Hill)- AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 93-21-3, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE DEFINITIONS IN THE PROTECTION FROM DOMESTIC ABUSE ACT; TO AMEND SECTION 93-21-15, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE A COURT, IN ISSUING A PROTECTION ORDER, TO INCLUDE THE PROTECTION OF PETS IN THE ORDER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

This bill must pass the Senate Judiciary B Committee before being brought to the floor for a vote.

Judiciary, Division B
    Hob Bryan, Chairman; Chris McDaniel, Vice-Chairman
      Members: David Blount; Joel R.Carter, Jr.; Dennis DeBar, Jr.; Joey Fillingane; Angela Burks Hill; W. Briggs Hopson III; Sampson Jackson II; Derrick T. Simmons; Gray Tollison; Angela Turner-Ford; Michael Watson; Neil S. Whaley; Brice Wiggins

 

5. SENATE BILL NO. 2101 (Senator Dearing)- AN ACT TO CREATE A LICENSE REQUIREMENT TO OPERATE AS A PET DEALER OR TO OPERATE A KENNEL, STABLE OR ANIMAL SHELTER; TO REQUIRE THE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE TO INVESTIGATE APPLICANTS AND ISSUE ANNUAL LICENSES WHERE REQUIRED; TO REQUIRE THE COMMISSIONER TO SET PERMIT FEES; TO ALLOW FEES TO DIFFER BETWEEN TYPES OF PERMIT HOLDERS; TO PROVIDE FOR A 100% PENALTY FOR LATE APPLICATION FOR A PERMIT OR RENEWAL OF A PERMIT; TO PROVIDE THAT OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENSE IS A MISDEMEANOR; TO PROVIDE FOR
ENFORCEMENT; TO AMEND SECTION 69-1-13, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CONFORM; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

This bill must pass the Senate Agriculture and Judiciary A Committees before being brought to the floor for a vote.

Agriculture
    Billy Hudson, Chairman; Russell Jolly, Vice-Chairman
      Members: Juan Barnett; Jenifer B. Branning; Chris Caughman; Lydia Graves Chassaniol; Eugene S. Clarke; Angela Burks Hill; Robert L. Jackson; David Jordan; Joseph M. Seymour; Willie Simmons; Chuck Younger

 

Judiciary, Division A
    W. Briggs Hopson III, Chairman; Sally Doty, Vice-Chairman
      Members: Juan Barnett; Barbara Blackmon; Jenifer B. Branning; Joel R.Carter, Jr.; Eugene S. Clarke; Dennis DeBar, Jr.; Joey Fillingane; Hillman Terome Frazier; Dean Kirby; Chad McMahan; David Parker; Derrick T. Simmons; Angela Turner-Ford

 

 


Once you have called your legislators, we ask that you write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Find your local papers by clicking here.

Let your friends and neighbors know where our law stands and where it needs to go to make real change. Encourage them to speak to their elected officials.

 

Some things to consider when writing a letter to the editor:

 

-Speak from your heart. If you have a personal story to share that is relevant to the cause, now is the time to do it!

-Be respectful and try to avoid blame- focus on what we can do in the future to make change.

-Encourage others to join you and take action.

-If your letter gets published, please share it with us!

 

 

 

Thank you for your work in helping Mississippi's animals. Our combined efforts make a huge difference!


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  • Lisa Cole
    These bills are crucial in all aspects of the humane welfare for our animals in this State. I would like to strongly encourage you to back and signs these bills. Let’s take Mississippi a step forward in becoming more progressive as our neighboring States across the US whom already have such wonderful laws in place!! Thank you
  • April Wigington
    Please pass the bills. People who are cruel to animals need to be punished we need to set an example. People who fight dogs are making lots of money from hurting animals.
  • Sharon Fox Ladnier
    BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS !!!