Animal Cruelty Bill Could Die in Session

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An animal cruelty bill is on track to die under a Tuesday deadline in the Mississippi Legislature.

The bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support last month, then was sent for more work in two House committees, Agriculture and Judiciary B.

Tuesday is the last day for House and Senate committees to act on bills that have passed the opposite chamber.

The House Agriculture Committee is not scheduled to meet before Tuesday's deadline, and that means the bill will be killed.

Under the proposed bill, torturing or maiming cats or dogs would become a felony.

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  • by kelly Location: Meridian, MS on Mar 9, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    Jane... How productive is it to attack others on here, especially someone who has given of their time and heart to help animals. Of course she meant "spaying", but come on, stay on topic here. I have seen first-hand that EMAR is a group of hard-working group of VOLUNTEERS, most of whom have changed their lives and routines to help make room for and care for these poor animals. Your comment is mean-spirited and takes away from the whole point of this issue.
  • by jane Location: ms on Mar 4, 2010 at 03:14 PM
    To the person who used to work with EMAR.....What is "spading"? Oh, did you mean "spaying".....I would think that someone who worked with an animal rescue organization would know better....but then again look at the rest of your post.....It isnt even written properly......Embarassing for EMAR and yourself. That is why MS is the way it is....antiquated laws and uneducated people.....What a combination....
  • by Janis Galatas Location: Meridian on Mar 3, 2010 at 01:01 PM
    We do not need any more animal cruelty laws for Mississippi. I have read them. They cover it all. What we need to do is ENFORCE them. Most of the turmoil in all states began when horse slaughter was exposed on the web. Let's make our horses companion animals like dogs and cats and leave the "livestock" alone. We do not need to try to regulate slaughter of our meat animals. USDA and FSIS do a great job of this already. Our food is the healthiest and safest in the world. AMERICA does not raise dogs, cats or horses for food or fiber. This means OUR dogs and cats are NOT food or fur animals and our horses are not for slaughter. I've never heard a child say "Oh Daddy, can I have a meat-horse for Christmas"? Keep your animals on your property, keep them under your control and Animal Control should get out there and do their jobs...not just catching strays but educating the public. Stop the torture of our horses on the meat lines in Canada and Mexico. Period. (Just my opinion)
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    look i use to work with E.M.A.R. can tell you all the trash that we come up on ... personally like to see more spading done and yes those that cant afford it to have help .. but the trouble is hoarders and those that cant even care for themselves have pets and needs to put a stop on that.. if you cant afford shots and basic care dont get a pet no matter what it is even a hamster..
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    MJ- Abuse, neglect, etc animals is already a felony in MS.
  • by MJ Location: Potamo VA on Mar 2, 2010 at 08:52 PM
    I am glad that this bill will not become law. Now don’t start thinking I’ve torture and maimed cats and dogs or anything. But this bill only pertains to cats and dogs. What would be the point in only protecting them and not other animals? As well as how do we interpret torture and maim if I hit a dog with my car would that count? Besides I’m sure there is already a law against animal cruelty. [Lee] There are three possibilities that your pets being shot were not investigated because cops investigate misdemeanors all the time. 1. They didn’t want to get into a domestic dispute with the whole your pets were on my property thing IF they were I don’t know the details. 2. Inability due to the fact that there are so few cops to spare. 3. Cops are lazy. [Charles] You are right.
  • by Anonymous Location: ms on Mar 2, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    I love animals and I can't stand to see one mistreated. But our right to protect our family and our pets come first. Keep your pets in a fence if you don't want them hurt or killed.
  • by RF Location: Meridian on Mar 2, 2010 at 01:30 PM
    Once again Mississippi is falling behind the rest of the nation. Alabama passed animal cruelty laws over 10 years ago. Mississippi politicians are not interested in this because there is no money in it for them. How we take care of domestic animals in this state is a reflection on the overall values reflected by the citizens. I would like to see a listing of representatives who supported the legislation and those who were against it or made the choice to let it die in committee. You don't have to be an animal lover to oppose cruelty to them; you just need to be a human being with a conscience. And as stated in another comment, the first sign of a tendency of abuse or violence toward humans is violent behavior toward humans. Perhaps someone should check to see if Charles has any instances of violence in his past.
  • by CR Location: Meridian on Mar 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    Charles, I understand that a lot of ppl arent animal lovers and to each his own, but these animals are at the murcy of their owner to protect and care for them, if the owner failes to do that and the animal is left to fend for himself, is it the animals fault? the live, breath, hurt, experiance sadness,pain, and joy just like a human. i you were born an animal, you would probably feel differently about all of this. dont you think?
  • by Everette Location: Union on Mar 2, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    I Believe there Should be An Animal Cruelty Bill Passed To Stop people From Starving Animals To Death But Property Owners Should Have The Right To protect Their Property And Animals On Their Property From Loose Dogs That people Evidentaly Dont Care Enough About To keep Them On Their Property If it means shooting These Dogs.
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