Several animal advocates from the Hattiesburg area joined many others Tuesday from around the state for a peaceful protest at the Farm Bureau headquarters in Jackson.
Many of them believe that year after year Farm Bureau is responsible for legislators not passing laws that would toughen animal cruelty laws in the state. This year three bills dealing with animal cruelty were introduced, and all three failed to come out of committee. One of the bills dealt with giving law enforcement the authority to break into locked vehicles to rescue animals in distress from extreme temperatures. The other two would have added tougher penalties for animal cruelty.
"I hope to accomplish putting some public pressure on Farm Bureau," said Katherine Sammons, Mississippi Animal Advocacy Group. "Instead of working against us every year for dogs and cats, I would like them to come to the table and be a part of the solution and help us craft better laws for dogs and cats in Mississippi."
Mississippi continues to rank near the bottom in animal cruelty laws.