April 20, 2012
The HSUS Applauds New Mississippi Law Permanently Banning Hog-Dog Fighting
The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Mississippi legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant for passage of S.B. 2504, which extends the state’s prohibition on a cruel and inhumane form of staged animal combat called hog-dog fighting.
Hog-dog fighting was banned in Mississippi in 2006, but the law included a sunset 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.
The Humane Society of the United States expresses its thanks to Sens. Angela Burks Hill, R- 40, Sean J. Tindell, R- 49, Nancy Adams Collins, R- 6, Phillip Gandy, R- 43, Josh Harkins, R- 20, Sally Doty, R- 39, Tony Smith, R- 47, and Robert Jackson, D- 11, for their hard work to repeal the sunset provision and crack down on animal fighting.
“I am proud of the hard work done by our legislators to permanently outlaw the inexcusable practice of hog-dog fighting that pits dogs against captive hogs in a horrible public spectacle of animal cruelty,” said Lydia Sattler, Mississippi state director of The Humane Society of the United States. “This is a great example of Mississippians recognizing the difference between hunting traditions and animal fighting activity and responding humanely and responsibly where animal cruelty is involved.”
Despite recent advances on animal cruelty and fighting laws, the Magnolia state has ranked low in The HSUS’ national survey of animal protection laws, coming in 47th out of all states and the District of Columbia in 2011. Mississippi moved up a spot from its 2010 ranking because of the passage of a new law making egregious acts of cruelty to dogs and cats a felony on the second offense. However, Mississippi remains one of only ten states in the nation with no felony penalties for cockfighting, which hurt its ranking.
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