Mississippi House sends bill forward to toughen up animal cruelty laws

Senate Bill 2821 creates “an offense of aggravated cruelty if an individual, with malice, intentionally tortures, mutilates, maims, burns, starves or disfigures any domesticated dog or cat,” according to a story from ClarionLedger.com.

Additionally, anyone convicted of aggravated cruelty twice in a five-year period would face felony charges and could be fined up to $5,000 and face one to five years in prison. Now the issue apparently moves back to the Senate.

I really like it that the phrase “overwhelmingly approved” was used to describe the Mississippi House vote. We have to get to a day – sooner rather than later – when every state and the federal government passes stronger anti-cruelty measures overwhelmingly.

I want to ask the elected officials in Missouri who are trying to gut the state’s very important anti-puppy mill measure how they feel about this news out of Mississippi. They are trying to push Missouri backward and make it easier for people to continue to engage in acts of animal cruelty while at least the Mississippi House is hopefully seeing compassion as a better path.

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