Support Harsher Punishments for Animal Cruelty Crimes

Target: Angela Hill, Senator, Mississippi State Senate

Goal: Increase punishments for animal cruelty.

Punishments for animal cruelty crimes in Mississippi could soon become much harsher, should a proposed bill be voted into law. The bill would allow prosecutors to lay felony charges for the first instance of animal cruelty, whereas currently only second or third offenses can be considered felonies. The law would also allow several animal cruelty charges to be laid at once. Currently, no matter how many animals are involved in the cruelty, only one charge can be laid.

Mississippi has some of the most lax animal welfare laws in the country. Here, the penalties for neglect and dog fighting are the same — a fine of between $10 and $100 or a jail sentence of between 10 and 100 days. In contrast, the state of California allows for a $10,000 fine and 18 months imprisonment for dog fighting.

Some residents of the state say that these lax laws can deter law enforcement officials from taking animal welfare crimes seriously. One example is the case of a cat, which is seen on video screeching and writhing in pain as it is burned alive. Though the cat’s body was found, no arrests were made in the case, despite the fact that the video went viral on social media.

In order to protect the pets of the state, it is imperative that animal welfare laws are strengthened. Stronger punishments will help deter potential offenders and encourage law enforcement to take animal abuse more seriously. Sign the petition below to show your support for these proposed changes.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Hill,

Your recently proposed improvements to Missippi’s animal welfare laws would see possible punishments for animal cruelty crimes greatly strengthened. These changes include allowing felony charges to be laid for the first offense, as well as multiple charges to be laid when multiple animals are victimized. Current laws only allow misdemeanor charges for first offenses, and only allow one charge to be laid at once, no matter how many animals are abused or neglected.

Stronger animal welfare laws would encourage law enforcement to take animal cruelty more seriously, as well as help deter potential offenders. We, the undersigned, thank you for proposing these changes and ask that you do everything within your power to ensure that these proposed changes are passed into law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Rikki’s Refuge

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10 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop animal cruelity and go vegan now!

  2. There is only so much chance that a person will be caught when they commit an act of cruelty, they could do something twenty times and not get caught so why have to wait until they commit an atrocity against an animal several times before action is taken? Anything from punching, starvation to rape could prequel something bad to a human after they practice on animals, please stop them?

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  3. Gene Sengstake says:

    Not only stronger laws – but if the judicial system would simply “enforce” the laws that are already on the books – along with taking animal cruelty/atrocities a “lot” more seriously and “seriously” pursue the perpetrators of these evil deeds – all these would be important steps in the right direction – – –

  4. I agree with comment above….if only the current laws were enforced there would be less animal cruelty. I think we are very lax in the laws already so I am ALL in to makes laws much more applicable to the harm they inflict upon animals that most of us feel are much better than most humans.
    FOR STARTS DO YOUR JOB AND ENFORCE THE LAWS NOW!

  5. MAKE LAWS TO DEFEND THE ANIMALS FROM ABUSE AND KILLING NOW.

  6. Taxpayers are sick and tired of animal abusers getting minimal finds, getting “warnings”. 100% ABUSE AGAIN. Animal abuse is a serious crime, we demand changes. We want these criminals off our streets! Keep our animals and children safe…prosecute these monsters!

  7. annie vallet says:

    jail for anyone who abuses and tortures animals all over the world !!

  8. Enforcement with regards to what exists already is a good start – we may have all the laws in the world but if they are not enforced, nothing amounts to anything. Across the world, a HUGE population recognizing current protection and anti-cruelty laws DO NOT DETER predators… In relation to an epidemic of abuse, and perpetrators getting off with “slaps on the wrist” only, “laughing”, protection and anti-cruelty laws clearly need to be strengthened and an abuser registry created (something to think about) which will contribute to countless lives being saved, reducing the expense of a continual investigation and ending the costly and painful cycle of repeated re-offense… SENATOR HILL, we back you and THANK YOU for proposing strengthening changes – they will enable law enforcement officials to take animal welfare crimes more seriously, something long overdue and desperately needed.
    -January comment.

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