MS Senate Committee OKs Deer Breeding Farm Bill

By: American Academy of Family Physicians
By: American Academy of Family Physicians

A bill pending before the state Senate would authorize the raising of genetically enhanced deer on breeding farms in Mississippi.

The bill, approved last week by the Senate Wildlife Committee, would allow the import and export of farm-raised white tail deer, its semen, ova, and embryos.

Sen. Tommy Gollott, a Republican from Biloxi, tells WLBT-TV in Jackson that the practice could bring millions to the state annually.

He says Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama already engage in this buying, selling, and hunting of white tail deer.

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation is against the practice, saying it could cause contamination.

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