Friday, January 21, 2011

House Ag committee votes down animal cruelty bill

The House Committee on Agriculture voted downHB #831 Wednesday afternoon. The bill, introduced by Representative Linda Whittington of Leflore, would have made animal cruelty a third-offense felony.

The bill would have made a first offense conviction a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not less than $200 and not more than $1,000 and imprisonment from thirty to one hundred eighty days. A second offense conviction would have doubled the fines and increased the minimum term of imprisonment to ninety days. A third conviction imposed fines of not less than $5,000 and imprisonment from one to five years.

Observers at the committee meeting inform JJ only three committee voted for the bill on a voice vote. Observers also said the voices voting against the bill were very loud as committee members showed their true feelings towards the bill. Chairman Greg Ward abstained from voting. It must be noted this is not Senator Hewes' much-publicized bill.

Stay tuned.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

At this point I'm just hoping that they are waiting to vote on the better bill by Hewes.
Wishful thinking, I suppose...

Anonymous said...

I would say, at best, probably only two or three may have actually even read the bill. At this point, I question if even some of them can read. Really, these are the type people we want representing us? I think not!

Anonymous said...

OK, when you were questioned about this bill, Phil Bryant, you made out that it would go through, what happened? I specifically asked you about this bill in a meeting recently. Animals need to be protected and their abusers punished to the fullest extent of the law................

Anonymous said...

What concerns me about this bill is animals that are abandoned or reproduce in the country, then wander up to someone's house. There are very few entities that will take these animals without a hefty charge to have them wormed, spayed, neutered, etc. Why should such homeowners be forced to spend a lot of money when they can take a simple bullet and take care of it or if it is injured put it out of its misery and help control the population and the screwing up of breeds.

Do you really want that homeowner that did not ask for any of that, to be subject to felony charges? If so, maybe you need to establish a statewide rescue mission that operates 24/7/365.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 9:17: Most of the rescue leagues are more than happy to drive out to the east bumble F* you refer to. In fact they have volunteers who will go pick up the dogs and take them to a shelter. Of course, the dumb rednecks who would shoot the dog probably don't give a shit one way or the other.

Anonymous said...

Even South Carolina has an animal felony law on the book. Bizarro world---

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/police-sc-woman-kills-814535.html

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