2005 Regular Session
To: Judiciary, Division B
By: Senator(s) Tollison
AN ACT TO PROHIBIT HOG AND CANINE FIGHTING WHEN INTENTIONALLY CONDUCTED BY ANY PERSON; TO ENACT PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) For the purposes of this section, "hog" means a pig, swine or boar.
(2) It is unlawful for any person to organize or conduct any commercial or private event wherein there is a display of combat or fighting among one or more domestic or feral canines and feral or domestic hogs and in which it is intended or reasonably foreseeable that the canines or hogs would be injured, maimed, mutilated or killed.
(3) It is unlawful for any person to intentionally do any of
the following for the purpose of organizing, conducting or financially or materially supporting any event prohibited by this section:
(a) Finance, commercially advertise, sell admission tickets or employ persons.
(b) Own, manage or operate any facility or property.
(c) Supply, breed, train or keep canines or hogs.
(d) Knowingly purchase tickets of admission.
(4) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any competitive event in which canines trained for hunting or herding activities are released in an open or enclosed area to locate and corner hogs, and in which competitive points are deducted if a hog is caught and held, unless by these actions it is reasonably foreseeable that the canines or hogs would be injured, maimed, mutilated or killed.
(5) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the lawful hunting of hogs with canines or the use of canines for the management, farming or herding of hogs which are livestock or the private training of canines for the purposes enumerated in this subsection provided that such training is conducted in the field and is not in violation of the provisions of subsection (1) of this section.
(6) Any person convicted under the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), imprisoned for not more than six (6) months, or both.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2005.