Friday, April 1, 2011

Pet Rabbits Included in Mississippi Anti-Cruelty Law

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States writes in his blog that an Anti-Cruelty Law Awaits Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour's Signature. The HSUS was instrumental in helping get this law passed. Pacelle said, "If the bill is signed by Gov. Haley Barbour, aggravated cruelty to dogs and cats will be punishable as a felony on the second offense. It will no longer be legal to leave dogs outside in the hot sun or freezing cold without adequate shelter. And pet rabbits and other animals will be protected from cruelty under the law for the first time in a decade." According to Pacelle, "Once this bill is signed by Gov. Barbour, Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota will be the only remaining states in the nation where there is nothing a person can do to an animal, no matter how depraved, that constitutes a felony offense." Hopefully, these last 4 states will take a new look at their own anti-cruelty laws in the near future. Thank you HSUS! (Pictured is Bullet. He is a 5 year old Rabbit surrendered by his owner because they were moving. Available for adoption at Oxford Lafayette Humane Society, Oxford, MS, info@oxfordpets.com)