Mississippi Legislature: Approve Senator Hill's bill to strengthen animal cruelty laws

Senator Angela Hill proposed a senate bill during the 2016 legislative session to strengthen Mississippi's inadequate animal cruelty laws. Though it did not pass, it will be amended and filed again this year. Please read the bill from 2016 and sign the petition to show your support for increased protections for Mississippi's animals! 

The legislature is now in session for 2017. We also ask that you contact your state representatives to voice your support. Phone calls and emails make a big difference!!

Mississippi's animal cruelty laws are grossly inadequate. We urge the Mississippi Legislature to pass Senator Hill's proposed animal cruelty bill, SB2600, in order to increase protections for cats and dogs. The proposed cruelty bill will do the following:

-Allow for a felony penalty for first time aggravated cruelty

-Allow law enforcement to charge multiple counts of cruelty, up to ten

-Require psychological counseling for offenders

Violence toward animals is inextricably linked toward violence against humans. By improving animal cruelty laws, we can prevent further violence and dissuade others from breaking the law.

As a state with some of the poorest animal cruelty protections in the nation, Mississippi's negative public image is detrimental to Mississippi's tourism and economic development revenue. It also is a deterrent for potential Mississippi citizens and encourages current citizens to move to places that are more humane toward animals. 

The proposed Cruelty Bill is not a threat to farmers and hunters, and will improve the quality of life for Mississippians and Mississippi's cats and dogs.

Who's signing

Mara Edwards
Bobbie Taylor
Patricia Alexander
Natalie Maynor
Cathy Wright
Julie Propst
Bethan Read
Jacqueline Harper
Rebecca Coco
Laurie Preston
Don & Martha Wade
Janice Blue
Carol Ann Sallis
Allison Buckley
Debra Coleman
Dawn McBee
Bill & Linda Wissen
Heather Daw
Lindsay Wallis
Sierra King
Carol Bray
Emily Story
Taylor Reeves
Rachel Hollis
Alexandra Dube
Tammy Price
Valerie Rachal
Barbara Spiars
2,485 SIGNATURES
100,000 signatures

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  • Mara Edwards
    Mississippi Legislature: Approve Senator Hill's bill to strengthen animal cruelty laws for dogs and cats
  • Mara Edwards
  • Bobbie Taylor
    Please pass this bill so that our animals can be better protected. Thank you.
  • Patricia Alexander
  • Natalie Maynor
    Natalie Maynor
  • Cathy Wright
  • Julie Propst
  • Bethan Read
  • Jacqueline Harper
    Residents need to have license to breed and sell which might cut down puppy mills and add to tax base.
  • Rebecca Coco
  • Laurie Preston
  • Don & Martha Wade
    This law is way overdue! Hope the Congress listen to the people and not the lobbyist this time.
  • Janice Blue
  • Carol Ann Sallis
  • Allison Buckley
  • Debra Coleman
  • Dawn McBee
  • Bill & Linda Wissen
    It is a horrific commentary on the State of Mississippi that we don’t have stronger animal abuse laws. Our legislatures should be ashamed of themselves. Don’t know how they can sleep.
  • Heather Daw
  • Lindsay Wallis
  • Sierra King
  • Emily Story
    Mississippi Legislature: Approve Senator Hill's bill to strengthen animal cruelty laws for dogs and cats
  • Carol Bray
  • Emily Story
  • Taylor Reeves
  • Rachel Hollis
  • Alexandra Dube
  • Tammy Price
    Animals have feelings too. Violence towards animals is just like child abuse. They who harms these precious babies should be punished as if it were a child. I cannot express my full ideas of how they should be punished bc God wouldn’t like it too well.
  • Valerie Rachal
  • Barbara Spiars
    Yes, this law needs to pass! Thank you!