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.Read more
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.
WJTV- Natchez holds town hall on animal cruelty Natchez Democrat-Senator Dearing discusses new legislation at forum on state dog fighting laws Natchez Democrat- Sheriff Patten receives humanitarian award
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.
"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."Read more
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.
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.
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.Read more
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.
While the effort is not over, we are thrilled that this important issue is gaining national attention and that so many are calling for positive change. Please continue to spread the word and send a letter to the Tippah County Board Supervisors here (thanks to our friends at Justice for Animals). Read the article here.