Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
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Animal Cruelty bill headed to the Governor
JACKSON – A bill that makes aggravated cruelty to a domesticated
dog or cat a felony has been approved by both House and Senate conferees
and is now on its way to Governor Barbour for his signature.
SB 2821, originally introduced by Sen. Bob Dearing, is the product of
a compromise between The Humane Society of the United States and the Mississippi
Farm Bureau Federation. These two organizations, originally on opposite
sides of the bill, hammered out their differences and agreed to the amended
“I think this bill addresses the major concerns of both organizations
and the people that they represent,” said Randy Knight, president
of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.
“This legislation provides meaningful penalties for the worst cases
of animal cruelty,” said Lydia Sattler, The Humane Society of the
United States’ Mississippi state director. “We needed a starting
point to update animal cruelty laws, and this is a huge step for Mississippi.
If the bill is signed by the Governor, Mississippi will become the 47th
state to make aggravated cruelty a felony offense.
Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm
organization with more than 197,000 member-families statewide. There
are Farm Bureaus in all 82 counties in Mississippi
where agriculture comprises a fundamental part of
Mississippi 's economy.
Headquartered in Jackson
, the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural
organization and is not associated with any arm of the government.
For more information about Farm Bureau, visit our website at www.msfb.org.