We must do more in this state to fight animal cruelty and abuse. No animal deserves to be tortured or killed like the cat in the article below. Individuals that torture, harm and kill animals are just as likely to abuse people and become violent criminals. If you would like to see Mississippi’s current statutes pertaining to animal cruelty, click on the following link: http://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/assets/animalcruelty/mississippi.pdf.
“On January 1, 2016, the FBI added cruelty to animals as a category in the Uniform Crime Report, a nationwide crime reporting system commonly used in homicide investigations. While only about a third of U.S. communities currently participate in the system, the data generated will help create a clearer picture of animal abuse and guide strategies for intervention and enforcement. Data collection covers four categories: simple/gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse (such as dogfighting and cockfighting) and animal sexual abuse.” (http://m.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect/facts/animal_cruelty_facts_statistics.html)
Read the following article about a cat in Moss Point that was burned and killed. Help speak out about animal cruelty in your area. Together, we can make a difference.