January 25, 2011 12:12:00 PM
JACKSON -- A bill authorizing the raising of genetically enhanced deer on breeding farms in Mississippi has failed to pass the Senate.
The bill would allow the import and export of farm-raised white tail deer, its semen, ova, and embryos.
Sen. Tommy Gollott, a Republican from Biloxi, told senators Tuesday that Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama already engage in this kind of buying, selling, and hunting of white tail deer. He says the practice could brings millions to Mississippi while helping small farmers.
Tuesday''s vote was 28-22 in favor of the bill, but the measure needed to pass by 30 votes.
The Mississippi Wildlife Federation is against the practice.
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