Animal Advocacy Initiative of Mississippi (AAIM) and In Defense of Animals – Justice for Animals Campaign are taking aim at the Tippah County Mississippi Fair for holding “Farm Animal Scramble” events, during which organizers release rabbits, chickens, pigs, goats and calves into the arena and let small children chase them until they catch them. Rabbits are chased by children aged 4 and under–an age where children have little to no understanding of how animals as vulnerable as rabbits (prey animals with very delicate spines) should be handled. This event is scheduled for August 11th, 2016.

The organizations will be contacting Tippah County officials to put them on notice that the cruel mishandling of animals is against Mississippi State law and advising that this event be replaced by family friendly activities that do not cause harm to animals.  Encouraging children to chase, catch, and carry rabbits in what organizers believe to be a “fun” event for children desensitizes their developing brains and capacity for empathy while causing needless discomfort and suffering of animals.

Find more information and photos please visit: http://rabbit.org/tippah-county-rabbit-scramble/

§ 97-41-5. Carrying in a cruel manner

If any person shall carry, or cause to be carried by hand or in or upon any vehicle or other conveyance, any creature other than a dog or cat in a cruel or inhuman manner, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.


Amended by Laws 2011, Ch. 536, § 4, eff. from and after passage (approved April 26, 2011).


The 2011 amendment inserted “other than a dog or cat”.


Animal Advocacy Initiative of Mississippi is a volunteer-run organization founded in 2016. AAIM works to promote animal-related initiatives that protect and/or promote the physical and psychological well-being of animals.


Founded in 1983 by Dr. Elliot Katz DVM, In Defense of Animals is an international animal rights and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.

IDA is supported by a network of tens of thousands of determined activists, dedicated volunteers, interns and donors. We work to expose and end animal experimentation; protect wildlife and restore balance in their natural habitats; end the exploitation and abuse of wild species living in captivity, protect domestic and wild species worldwide from abuse and slaughter for food, conduct cruelty investigations and rescue operations, and provide veterinary care for sick, abused and orphaned animals in our natural habitat sanctuaries, including Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, MS.

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  • Mandy Miller
    I pray this event is stopped forever how sad. I did not even know such a thing existed. How can parents think this is fun. I would never let my kids participate in harming any animal.
  • Angela Buzzeo
  • Wayne Taylor
    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You !!!
  • Karen Trapani
    Thank you! I have signed the petition to stop this. It amazes me that events like this happen everywhere. What are these adults teaching their children? This is so cruel and just plain mean. Thank you once again for putting the pressure on and making the public aware of these senseless acts.
  • Angela Buzzeo
  • Janet Geren
    Oh thank you, thank you and thank you,! At last i hope and pray that theses scrambles are the past. The cruelty is despicable, and adults are teaching the children that this is ok and it is absolutely NOT.

    GREAT article. I stand with you all the way.