NJ Bill Woud Require Animal Cruelty Offenders to Pay Vet Expenses

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To New Jersey Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak and  Assemblyman Pat Diegnan for proposing a state bill that would requirepup animal cruelty violators to pay for the care of the animals they injured.

According to a recent news article, two state senators in New Jersey, Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak  and  Assemblyman Pat Diegnan, are sponsoring a new animal protection bill that would make animal cruelty violators financially responsible for their crimes. A-3034 would require animal cruelty offenders to pay for the veterinary costs of their animal victims. Additionally, violators would be required to pay for the food, shelter, bedding, and other care costs of animal victims who are subsequently housed in an animal rescue or shelter. This common-sense measure has the dual purpose of forcing violators to make all possible amends for their actions and reduces the burden of cost upon innocent owners, animal shelters, and veterinarians.

Take Action. Residents of New Jersey, contact your representatives, and urge them to support A-3034 as a means of holding animal cruelty violators fully responsible for their actions.

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New Bill in NJ Would Classify Dogfighting as Organized Crime

Dog fights usually occur in tandem with drug sale and gambling and as such, should be prosecuted as organized crime.

Dog fights usually occur in tandem with drug sale and gambling and as such, should be prosecuted as organized crime.

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To the New Jersey Senate for passing S736 to prosecute dogfighting ring leaders as members of organized crime.

Dogfighting is a grisly offense. It is not restricted to any social or demographic sphere. Thankfully it is illegal in the United States, but sadly many people are not deterred by the law when money is involved.  Dogfighting is closely linked to other forms of serious crimes and it often serves as a platform for other criminal activities including drugs and racketeering. According to a recent news article, the New Jersey Senate is trying to advance S736 into a state law which would classify dogfighting as a form of organized crime.

Take Action: Residents of New Jersey, please contact Governor Chris Christie and urge him to sign S736 into law. Residents of other states, please contact your legislators and encourage them to implement tougher laws against dogfighting offenders.

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New Jersey May Pass New Law to Combat Puppy Mills

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To the New Jersey Legislature for passing a bill to combat puppy mills . 1405554422rof0w

The Pet Purchase Protection Act, also known as S1870, would require pet stores to display on each cage of a dog or cat for sale the full name, address and license number of the breeder who supplied the animal for sale. The bill also requires pet stores to post instructions for customers on how to access the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection reports for breeders.

Additionally, pet stores would be barred from selling dogs and cats provided by breeders without a USDA license or any breeder who has been cited on a USDA inspection report during the two-year period prior to the purchase of the animal by the pet shop. This bill passed unanimously in both the New Jersey Senate and House of Representatives and is now awaiting Governor Chris Christie’s signature to pass into law.

Take Action: Residents of New Jersey, contact Governor Chris Christie and politely urge him to sign this vital bill into law.

The Honorable Chris Christie
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625 609-292-6000

New York Outlaws Pet Piercing and Tattoos; New Jersey May Follow.

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To New York for outlawing the cosmetic piercing and tattooing of dogs, cats, and other pets in the state.

According to a recent news article, New York has banned the cosmetic piercing and tattooing of pets. It is an unfortunate reality that such a law would even be necessary, but when a woman in Pennsylvania was found advertising “gothic” kittens with piercings and amputated tails online, two lawmakers in New York introduced a bill to ban the practice. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law in December. Only piercings or tattoos with a medical benefit will be permitted when the law goes into effect in the spring of 2015. Violators could be punished with a 15-day jail sentence and a fine up to $250. Legislators in New Jersey have also introduced a similar bill to prevent the painful and inherently cruel practice in their state.

Take Action: Residents of New York, contact Governor Andrew Cuomo  and thank him for signing this bill into law. Residents of New Jersey, please contact your legislators and ask them to support S2500  which would classify the cosmetic tattooing and piercing of pets as acts of animal cruelty.

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State NYS
State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

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New Jersey on Verge of Banning Wild Animals in Circuses

If passed, New Jersey bill A 4088 would penalize those exhibiting bears, elephants, lions, and tigers in circuses throughout the state.

If passed, New Jersey bill A 4088 would penalize those exhibiting bears, elephants, lions, and tigers in circuses throughout the state.

A bill before the New Jersey Assembly, A 4088 , would impose a penalty for the exhibition or use in a performance of live bears, elephants, lions, and tigers in that state.

Wild and exotic animals, such as bears, elephants, lions, and tigers, do not belong in the circus. Many animals are forced to perform by the use of bullhooks, electric shocks, ropes, and other abusive tools. Many circus companies have been cited for violations of the Animal Welfare Act yet persist in forcing these wild animals to perform unnatural tricks. These animals not only face years of both physical and psychological distress, but also pose a threat to onlookers during their performances.

Last year, Greece banned the use of animals in circuses; and just recently, the British government did likewise.

New Jersey residents, contact your legislators and let them know you support A 4088, which would effectively ban the use of live bears, elephants, lions, and tigers in exhibitions and performances in your state. Residents of other states, let your legislators know you would like to see similar legislation to protect wild animals in your state.

Patrick’s Law

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Patrick's law has been enacted in the state of New Jersey, honoring Patrick (shown above) for the extreme abuse  he endured as a puppy. This law would increase the civil and criminal penalties involving animal abuse crimes. Photo courtesy of The Patrick Miracle Facebook page.

Patrick’s law has been enacted in the state of New Jersey, honoring Patrick (shown above) for the extreme abuse he endured as a puppy. This law would increase the civil and criminal penalties involving animal abuse crimes. Photo courtesy of The Patrick Miracle Facebook page.

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To the New Jersey State Legislature for enacting Patrick’s Law, S 1303.

The New Jersey legislator has passed S 1303 known as Patrick’s Law in honor of a dog who was starved and then abandoned by his owner. The bill is before Governor Chris Christie for signature.

The bill calls for tougher measures that would increase civil and criminal penalties for animal abuse and neglect and creates a separate offense if an individual is charged with the “needless killing” of an animal.

Take Action: New Jersey residents, thank your legislators for enacting this law and for protecting the animals of your state. Let your governor know you want the bill signed into law. Residents of other states, if your legislators are considering enacting tougher animal cruelty laws, let them know you support them.

Diving with Horses

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To the Atlantic City Steel Pier Associates for dropping plans to bring back horse diving on the pier.

According to a news story, “The owner of the Atlantic City Steel Pier says he’s dropping a plan to bring back the Diving Horse to the New Jersey landmark, a legendary attraction featuring a horse and rider plunging into a 12-foot-deep water tank from a platform 40 feet up.”

Thankfully, we will not be seeing this cruel spectacle at Atlantic City's Steel Pier.

While the owner cites his change of mind on other factors, many animal advocates believe it was the intense pressure placed upon the organization that was at least a partial, if not deciding, factor in his decision.

Animals do not belong on the entertainment circuit, whether in circuses, on the silver screen, in rodeos, or any other entertainment venue. Often, they are forced into performing through sometimes brutal training sessions while living in substandard conditions.

Take Action: Thank the owner for canceling plans to revive the Diving Horse act. Regardless of his reason, many horses have now been spared the abuse that such an attraction could create.

Anthony Catanoso, President
Steel Pier Associates
1000 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Tele. No.: 866-386-6659
Fax: 609-345-7492
E-mail: customerservice@steelpier.com

Source:
International Business Times
USA Today

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