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Protecting Cats and Dogs in Order to Protect Humans: Making the Case for a Felony Companion Animal Statute in Mississippi

By Deborah Challener

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During the 2010 session of the Mississippi legislature, Senator Billy Hewes (R-Gulfport) introduced Senate Bill No. 2623 which, inter alia, made it a felony to "with malice torture, mutilate, maim, burn, starve, disfigure or kill any domesticated dog or cat." The penalty for a conviction under the proposed companion animal statute was one to five years in prison and a fine of $1500 to $10,000. Senate Bill No. 2623 passed the Senate but failed in the House, largely because the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation argued that it would be harmful to Mississippi's farming industry. This objection, along with the others that doomed Senate Bill No. 2623, reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the purposes of animal cruelty laws and, in particular, the crucial role that a felony penalty for malicious cruelty to cats and dogs could play in protecting all Mississippians. Thus, the goal of this Article is to demonstrate that the objections to Senate Bill No. 2623 were meritless and explain why Mississippi should enact a felony companion animal statute as well as other key provisions of Senate Bill No. 2623

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Mason N McLary

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Date 2010
Publication Title Faculty Publications
Volume 28
Pages 499-528
Publisher Mississippi College School of Law
Location of Publication Jackson, Mississippi
URL http://dc.law.mc.edu/faculty-journals/28/
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Abuse
  2. Animal abuse
  3. Animal health and hygiene
  4. Animal roles
  5. Animals in culture
  6. Animal welfare
  7. Cats
  8. Crime
  9. Cruelty
  10. Dogs
  11. Health
  12. Mammals
  13. neglect
  14. Pet ownership
  15. Pets and companion animals
  16. Physical environment
  17. Social Environments