Board of Animal Health
121 North Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 3889
Jackson, MS 39207
Meets: Every other month
NEXT MEETING: Jul 11
400 High St.
Jackson, MS, 39201
Sessions: 1 Year
Convenes: Jan (Tues after 1st Mon)
Adjourns: 90 calendar days /
125 calendar days after election
During Session: 5 days except Sun
After Session: 15 days except Sun
Pocket Veto: No
Mississippi Constitution Art 4 Sec 72
60 days after passage
Mississippi Constitution Art 4 Sec 75
Inherently dangerous animals: Permit needed along with $100,000 per animal up to $1,000,000 of liability insurance and meeting enclosure standards. AZA accredited or official municipal zoos, university research facilities, governmental agencies, transient circuses and rehabilitation and sanctuaries are exempt if they submit an exemption certificate and are approved.
(49 Mississippi Code Ch. 8, 5/1/1997)
There are no regulations of other exotic animals except importation.
NEW: Exotic livestock escapes must be reported within 24 hours (Effective 2/3/17).
Game animals, birds or fish or nongame wildlife: BANS buying or selling.
Captive Propagation Permit required to propagate alligator snapping turtles.
NEW: Grandfathering for game and fur-bearing animals as pets from 1989 was removed and any illegal animals will be confiscated and sent to rehabilitator or euthanized. (Effective 10/22/17)
BANS importation of white-tailed deer except by university research facilities, and completely bans import of wild swine and boars. Rest of wild animals require a certificate of veterinary inspection and import permit. Primates must test negative for TB and macaques negative for Herpes B. NEW: Import permit required for exotic livestock (Adopted 1/4/17 – Effective 2/3/17).
(Mississippi Code Ch. 12; 49 Mississippi Code 49-7-54, 49-7-140)