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.
Senator Angela Hill's Dog and Cat Cruelty bill has been assigned a number: #2172. It has been referred to the Judiciary A and Agriculture committees. In order to receive a vote on the floor, the bill must be brought up and passed in each committee.
We need you to call your Senator and ask him or her to encourage their colleagues in these committees to get the bill to the floor for a vote. If your Senator is in one of these committees, ask them to encourage the committee chair to bring forth the bill in committee. Find your Senator by clicking here.
At least three animal protection bills will be presented this session. We ask that you contact your legislators in the house and senate to ask them to co-sponsor the following bills. You can find your representatives and their contact info here.
Animal Cruelty Bill, Senate: Senator Angela Hill. Highlights: A first time offender of aggravated animal cruelty can be charged with a felony (currently a misdemeanor), animal abusers will be registered in FBI database, offenders can be charged with up to ten counts of cruelty (currently one).
Animal Cruelty Bill, House: Representative Greg Snowden. Very similar to the senate bill above.
Dog Fighting Bill, Senate: Senators Bob Dearing, Billy Hudson, Dean Kirby, Juan Barnett. Fines of $1,000 per animal in custody up to $50,000, maximum sentence of 25 years- one year per dog. For spectators: minimum $1,000 fine and 2 years' imprisonment. Offender is responsible for the cost of care for the animals.