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

Virginia Thrasher
Elizabeth Furtado
Jennifer Parsons
Lana Stanton
Marguerite Palmer
Sandra Reynold
Faye Wiggers
Cortney Smith
Jan Stewart
Christina Richardson
Taylor McCary
Mary Lowery
Claudia Bannister
Rebecca Crowder
Merideth Thurman
Murray Windham
Donna Hensarling
Lindy Conner
Jessica Conner
Cheryl Peacock
Teresa Bush
Cindy Hewitt
Dian Mcilwain
Tamara Johnson
Rhonda Eddy
Paula Brewer
Stacy West
2,485 SIGNATURES
100,000 signatures

Will you sign?


Showing 2303 reactions

  • Virginia Thrasher
  • Elizabeth Furtado
  • Jennifer Parsons
  • Lana Stanton
  • Marguerite Palmer
  • Sandra Reynold
  • Faye Wiggers
    It is difficult for me to understand why legislators will not pass this law! They must not have feelings ! It is time to address this issue!
  • Cortney Smith
  • Jan Stewart
  • Christina Richardson
  • Taylor McCary
  • Mary Lowery
    We must protect those who cannot protect themselves. The treatment of children and animals speaks to the collective character of a place. We are better than this! Stand up for the humane treatment of animals.
  • Claudia Bannister
  • Rebecca Crowder
    Animal cruelty has to end and letting large companies run the legislature has to stop. Also, the mentality of " it’s always been this way " has to stop.
  • Merideth Thurman
  • Murray Windham
    Murray Windham
  • Donna Hensarling
    Donna Hensarling
  • Lindy Conner
  • Jessica Conner
  • Cheryl Peacock
    Please help our helpless animals. They are GOD’S gifts to us.
  • Teresa Bush
    Mississippi Legislature: Approve Senator Hill's bill to strengthen animal cruelty laws for dogs and cats
  • Teresa Bush
    Please be their voice. Let’s us make a difference in their lives!
  • Cindy Knight
    Mississippi Legislature: Approve Senator Hill's bill to strengthen animal cruelty laws for dogs and cats
  • Cindy Hewitt
  • Dian Mcilwain
  • Tamara Johnson
  • Rhonda Eddy
  • Paula Brewer
  • Stacy West
    Animal abuse is extremely bad here please help
  • Summer Atkinson
    Mississippi Legislature: Approve Senator Hill's bill to strengthen animal cruelty laws for dogs and cats