Free Animal Welfare Workshops in Tupelo- 12/5/18

Mississippi Spay and Neuter (MS SPAN), in conjunction with Animal Advocacy Initiative of Mississippi (AAIM), are beginning a series of free workshops around the state to meet local animal welfare organizations, municipalities and county leaders. We are starting in Northeast Mississippi and holding two workshops in Tupelo on December 5, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

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Senate Dog & Cat Cruelty Bill dies in committee

Senator Hill's dog and cat protection bill was not brought up during the Agriculture Committee's meeting this year, which means it will not make it to the Senate floor for a vote. 

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Mississippi Ranks 50th in humane policies in 2017

The HSUS composes its Humane State rankings based on a wide set of animal welfare policies that cover more than 90 policy ideas, ranging from penalties for animal fighting to prohibiting bear and mountain lion hunting to providing incentives for low-cost spay and neuter programs for companion animals to improving the lives of animals raised for food. Read more here.

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Media Coverage for Natchez Town Hall on Animal Cruelty Laws

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Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace Advocates for Tougher Cruelty Laws


Sheriff Martin Pace of Warren County has long been an animal advocate, and spoke about animal cruelty as a precursor to violence toward humans at our 2016 conference. During a recent string of burglaries in Vicksburg, a family pet was murdered, once again highlighting the dire need for a first-offense felony for animal cruelty in our state. Please read and share this piece from the Vicksburg Post featuring Sheriff Pace to help us spread the word about this tragedy and to encourage our lawmakers to pass common-sense cruelty legislation in Mississippi.

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Animal Cruelty Bill Efforts featured in Clarion Ledger

"Sen. Angela Burks Hill, R-Picayune, has pre-filed a bill for the 2017 legislative session that would seek to make aggravated animal cruelty a felony as well as allow law enforcement to charge offenders with multiple counts of animal abuse, an option that is not currently available."

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Animal Handling & First Aid Training

The Mississippi Board of Animal Health is sponsoring Pet First Aid, Animal Handling and Animal behavior training on September 24th in Starkville and on November 12th in Raymond.

 

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In response to men who slit dog's throat on video in Louisiana

The two men who committed the heinous act of slaying a dog, that appeared to be one of their own, face charges for conspiracy and animal cruelty.  The gentle dog so trusted them that he didn't flinch the first few times the knife passed across his throat.

 

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Mississippi Cruelty to Animals Statutes- 97-41- 7 & 97-41- 9

Mississippi State Statutes 97-41- 7 & 97-41- 9 Are Useless

Both crimes are covered under MS 97-41- 1 for all creatures, except dogs & cats.

Both crimes are covered under 97-41- 16 (2) (a) or (b) depending on intent.

It is just wrong to charge under statutes that carry a $10 to $100 fine.

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Sample letter to Bob Martin of MS Fair Commission

Dear Advocates working to end the Tippah County Fair “Rabbit Scramble” and any comparable inhumane event in our nation, please email Mr. Bob Martin of the Mississippi Fair Commission. Remember you are the voice for the animals and for their sake and to promote good will and build relationships even with people we don’t agree with please be polite and respectful.  We are sharing the following script as a guideline.  Do not think we are restraining your free will and advocacy, but polite and respectful is tried and true – even if our message isn’t heard this year we Will Be the Voice for Exploited and Cruelly Treated Fellow Creatures.

 

 

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