JACKSON, Miss- The Mississippi Animal Advocacy Group rallied at the Capitol in Jackson today to urge lawmakers to amend state animal cruelty laws.
On the steps of the state capitol the group held signs in hopes to raise awareness on animal cruelty laws. The group hopes to see stricter laws enforced an the possibility to have a first-offense felony provision and the ability to charge an offender with multiple counts for multiple acts of cruelty.
Rally organizer Michells Lombus said “right now our current statutes state that is a misdemeanor charge and we are hoping that there will be a stronger penalty for that.”
Animal abuse from an individual can also be a sign of deeper emotional and psychological issues. Experts say that individuals who harm animals are more likely to go on and harm humans later in life.
The bill to amend the current laws in with the Senate Agriculture Committee.