Posts Tagged ‘animal rights’

Investigators: Dog fighting sentences send strong message

MONTGOMERY, Alabama  — Investigators in the nation’s second-largest dog fighting bust said defendants’ stiff sentences should send a message that the cruel spectacles will not be tolerated. Those punishments include an eight-year prison sentence to a man who organized fights where up to a $100,000 was routinely wagered on a single match. Prosecutors say that […] [...]

Voters to decide whether hunting, fishing is constitutional right

JACKSON — Van Allen has been processing deer meat and selling gear to hunters and anglers for 20 years in Mississippi and other parts of the South. Like many outdoors enthusiasts, he thinks hunting and fishing are birthrights that ought to be constitutionally protected. “As far as I am concerned anything that protects first our […] [...]

Complaints filed in court on livestock auctions

PONTOTOC and HATTIESBURG — An animal rights group said today that it is filing complaints in courts in Forrest and Pontotoc counties against two livestock auctions sites where it alleges cows, sheep and other animals are being mistreated. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Los Angeles-based Mercy For Animals, said the complaints were being filed […] [...]

USDA sends personnel to check out slaughterhouse

PONTOTOC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it sent employees to a north Mississippi slaughterhouse today to check a complaint that pigs were abused before being killed. Richard McIntire, spokesman for the USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service, told The Clarion-Ledger that the service’s veterinary specialists and office staff went to Southern Quality Meats, […] [...]

USDA revokes zoo’s license; owners plan appeal

COLLINS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has revoked the exhibitor’s license of the Collins Zoo following a hearing before an administrative law judge. The decision adds to the stack of legal troubles facing zoo owners Gus and Betty White following the most recent Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks raid of the U.S. […] [...]

Animal rights group want cockfighting made a felony

JACKSON — Cockfighting is big business because Mississippi has the second weakest cockfighting law in the nation, according to Humane Society of the United States. John Goodwin, HSUS’ director of animal cruelty policy, said Mississippi lawmakers should make the illegal, underground sport a felony. “This cruel blood sport is wide and pervasive in various nooks […] [...]

Judge rules raid on Collins zoo was unconstitutional

COLLINS — A judge has ruled that a January raid on a zoo in Collins and the seizure of animals there was unconstitutional. The Hattiesburg American reports Circuit Judge William Barnett ruled the seizure of the animals without notice to the owners or an opportunity for a hearing violated due process clauses. Barnett said Mississippi […] [...]

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