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

Karen Craft
Jane Streets
Mary Margaret Judy
Doug Arp
Joey Robinson
Nancy Modjeski
Perry Richardson
Keren Welch
Maryanne Brown
Kim Schutz
Eoin Redmond
Lesley Hutt
cathy crane
Charlie Osborne
Judith Curran
Anne Esteve
Frieda Bartlett
Darlene Ladnier
Larry Jones
Susanne Carver
Tina Gabriel
Liesel Devening
Sydney Worthing
Linda Terry
Tina Sellers
Austin Voytko
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  • Karen Craft
  • Jane Streets
  • Mary Margaret Judy
    Sign the petition: Mississippi Legislature: Approve SB2174 to strengthen animal cruelty laws for dogs and cats
  • Mary Margaret Judy
  • Doug Arp
    Sheriff Paces supportive comments are in Sunday January 1 Jackson Clarion Ledger along with State Senator Angela Hill
  • Joey Robinson
  • Nancy Modjeski
    Cruelty in this state has gotten out of hand! We must pass SB2174 to protect the animals from these crazy criminals. Our state is making national news every day and it is a disgrace that we have allowed this kind of torture to continue.
  • Perry Richardson
  • Keren Welch
  • Maryanne Brown
  • Kim Schutz
  • Eoin Redmond
    Should be longer than 1 year and more money. Animal Cruelty should hold much harsher sentences to eliminate this atrocity.
  • Lesley Hutt
  • cathy crane
    Please help push this through
  • Charlie Osborne
  • Judith Curran
  • Anne Esteve
    These poor animals deserve better treatment and too many suffer severe abuse at the hands of their owners.
  • Frieda Bartlett
  • Darlene Ladnier
    God bless us with these precious animals and how people could abuse them I’ll never know. something most definitely has to be done about it it happens way too often.
  • Larry Jones
  • Susanne Carver
  • Tina Gabriel
    A society is measured by the way it treats animals.
  • Liesel Devening
  • Nancy East
    Sign the petition: Mississippi Legislature: Approve SB2174 to strengthen animal cruelty laws for dogs and cats
  • Sydney Worthing
  • Linda Terry
  • Tina Sellers
    Sign the petition: Mississippi Legislature: Approve SB2174 to strengthen animal cruelty laws for dogs and cats
  • Tina Sellers
  • Austin Voytko
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    Sign the petition: Mississippi Legislature: Approve SB2174 to strengthen animal cruelty laws for dogs and cats