via the Clarion Ledger:
Mississippi does the right thing and formalizes the hierarchy of charges that can be brought against animal abusers. I do not think this new law goes nearly far enough, in that it only allows for a misdemeanor to be charged if someone abuses animals (even in severe ways) only once in five years, but it's a compromise and that's the soul of governance (and marriage, but that's another matter).
Now the animal protection community can set it's sights on reforming the new law. In the meantime, kudos to Mississippi (I say the whole thing as I type, letter by letter!) for moving forward.