U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

Mississippi

2018 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #49 (Bottom Tier)
  • + Legal mechanism for pre-conviction forfeiture of cruelly treated animals
  • - No felony provisions for first time cruelty to animals (only fighting)
  • - Felony provisions available only for cruelty against select animals and fighting select animals
  • - No statutory authority to allow protective orders to include animals
  • - No mandatory forfeiture of animals upon conviction, and permissive forfeiture only available for select animals

Select Provisions

Adequate definitions/standards of basic care
Increased penalties for repeat abusers and/or animal hoarders
Court may restrict ownership of animals after a conviction
Mandatory forfeiture of animals upon conviction
Courts may order pre-conviction forfeiture of abused animals

2017 Rank

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2018 Rank

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* Limited to select species

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