Target: Mississippi legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant
Goal: Commend lawmakers for banning Hog-Dog fighting
Hog-dog fighting was banned in Mississippi in 2006, but the law included a provision that could have led to the legalization of staged fights between dogs and captive hogs. The new legislation makes the ban permanent and prevents the legalization of animal fighting in Mississippi.
In hog-dog fighting or “catch dog trials,” dogs chase trapped hogs in front of spectators. Players rank the dogs by how quickly they bite into a hog’s face and pull it down. Dogs and hogs are often wounded in the fights, since dogs teeth gore the hogs and the hogs may spear the dogs with their tusks. To give the dogs an advantage, handlers may outfit the dogs in Kevlar vests, or cut the hogs’ tusks off. Dogs that are in training may be set on farm hogs, who are brutally injured and often die from their injuries.
Hog dog fighting comes from hog hunting, a legal pastime in which hunters use dogs to find, chase, corner, and sometimes catch the hogs. Because feral hogs are considered a nuisance in rural areas, locals still take pleasure in taking down a hog. After an exposé on hog-dog fighting, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi banned it. Attorneys general in Florida and Texas declared that it violates their states’ cruelty laws. Banning Hog-Dog fighting is the right move for Mississippi.
Dear Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant,
Thank you for banning Hog-Dog fighting and passing legislation to keep the ban permanent. Hog-Dog fighting is cruel and inhumane, leading to injuries for both animals. This “Southern pass time” does not reflect well on the state of Mississippi and is incredibly cruel to animals. It is similar to dog fighting, which is generally agreed upon to be incredibly cruel, just with a debilitated hog instead of bait dog. The hog’s tusks are taken off to improve the dog’s chances. Hog-dog fighting is cruel and unacceptable.
The ban on hog-dog fighting is a good step towards getting Mississippi higher on the Humane Society of the United States’ animal cruelty law list. Passing this law shows a commitment to keeping Mississippi’s animals safe, and I commend you.
[Your Name Here]
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