ANIMAL WELFARE

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Through our efforts in NJ we have banned ivory and rhino horn transactions to save elephants and rhinos from extinction, banned the importation and transportation of “trophies” of endangered species, stopped the cruelty of wild animal performances in circuses, banned the shark fin trade, and ended the bear hunt.

 

There is still much to do. Help us continue to advance animal welfare policy change by donating to our cause.

Ban Gestation Crates

We’re working to ban pig gestation crates which create pain, fear, and stress to pigs--animals that form elaborate, cooperative social groups and feel pain, fear, and stress.

Background

Banning Pig Gestation Crates with Bill, S3401/A5236 would establish that confinement of a pig or cow a disorderly persons offense. Cruel confinement is defined as tethering, confining, or creating a gestating sow in a manner that prevents her from turning around freely, laying down, standing up, or fully extending their limbs. The bill would ban farrowing crates which inhumanely separate a mother from her piglets. It will enforce that there is proper care and preparation for the sow ten days before she gives birth.

Read the Bill >>

The Coalition to Ban the Crates>>

Why Advocate

Animal cruelty has no place in a civilized society, but sadly it is still legal in New Jersey to confine a mother pig and veal calf in a crate so small they are unable to stand up, turn around, and take more than one step forward or backward. The Coalition to Ban the Crates proudly supports legislation (A5236/S3401) to ban the cruel confinement of mother pigs in gestation crates and newborn calves in veal crates. Similar legislation to outlaw gestation crates in prior sessions passed not once, but twice, overwhelmingly, only to be vetoed by then-Governor Christie, despite bipartisan backing by our state’s residents and lawmakers. Polling has shown that 93% of New Jersey voters support a ban on the extreme confinement of mother pigs. Ensuring that the cruel confinement of pigs and calves is prohibited in New Jersey is a matter of animal cruelty prevention, and also a proactive step in safeguarding public health and reflecting our state’s values.

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The gestation crate ban, S3401/A5236, is awaiting a full Senate floor vote and action in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. New Jersey residents, contact your legislators and urge them to pass S3401/A5236 into law.

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Deer Fertility Control Programs

We are working to end the inhumane killing of deer and implement deer fertility control programs that would address the root problems of deer overpopulation.

Background

We are working with Union County to implement a deer fertility control program.  Rather than relying on lethal methods, wildlife professionals would dart female deer with tranquilizers. The doe would then be transported to a temporary surgical sterilization site where a licensed and trained veterinarian would perform an ovariectomy and monitor it while in recovery. The program relies on tracking and monitoring to make sure that the proper ratio of sterilized deer is reached within herds to ensure long-term success. Cost of the program is shown to decrease within the first few years of implementation.

Read About the Clifton Deer Project >>

Read About Effective Deer Sterilization >>

Why Advocate

For too long, we have been relying on killing to control deer populations while not considering other methods. Management of deer populations has conventionally focused on lethal, inhumane methods (e.g., bow or gun hunting). In residential communities, lethal deer management strategies have become concerning for safety and ethical reasons. Deer fertility control programs offer a safe and humane alternative to lethal methods and result in long term solutions to deer overpopulation. We should invest in non-lethal programs to keep our communities safe and treat our wildlife with respect.

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It is time that we stop inhumane killing of deer and address the root of the problem with humane methods. Contact Union County Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella to thank him for his consideration of deer fertility control programs, and express your support.

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Courtroom Animal Advocacy Program

The Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (CAAP) will give a voice to abused animals by allowing law students and volunteer lawyers to serve as legal advocates for animals that are the victims of animal abuse.

Background

Courtroom Animal Advocacy Programs (CAAP), S2868/A4533, allow lawyers and law students to be appointed by the court to be animal advocates in criminal cases regarding cruelty, dog fighting, and other animal welfare abuses. Animal representatives will be permitted to monitor the case, attend hearings, consult individuals with knowledge of the welfare of the animal, view records regarding the animal’s welfare, and present their recommendations to prosecutors and the court regarding the best interest of the animal.

Read the Bill >>

Why Advocate

Psychological studies indicate a strong link between animal abuse and future violent behavior. In fact, in the wake of mass shootings plaguing our country, one pivotal warning sign to look out for is animal abuse. Depending on how you parse the data, anywhere from 43% to 80% of school shooters started with animal cruelty. S2868 is legislation that would give a voice to the voiceless in animal cruelty cases. With this law prosecutors will have an additional resource to ensure animal abuse cases get the full attention of the court and will more likely result in action to achieve justice for the abused animal and appropriate punishment for animal abuser including rehabilitation before they reoffend, or extend their violence to humans.

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The Courtroom Animal Advocate Bill was approved by the full Senate on February 19, 2021, and awaits a vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Contact your Assembly member and ask them to co-sponsor and support the legislation.

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End the Bear Hunt

We’re working to end bear hunting and implement non-lethal methods of bear management.

Background

There are many opinions regarding the bear hunt, but it is undeniably a trophy hunt. Hunters justify the killing of bears as a necessary means of population control. Many of them believe that the bear population has grown too large this past decade, and that hunting is the only way to decrease human-bear conflict. Scientists on the other hand disagree, questioning the state’s methods used to quantify the population, and referencing recent studies showing no relationship between hunting and the reduction of human-bear conflict.

Petitioners are calling on the state Department of Environmental Protection to repeal of rules permitting black bear hunting along with the corresponding Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy. NJ’s supervision of the bear hunt has undermined a supreme court ruling allowing for deadly disease to spread between animals and humans, created an increase of bears appearing in residential neighborhoods, and conflicts with the public’s large opposition of recreational trophy hunting. Due to poor comprehensive bear hunt management NJ tax payers have suffered.

Why Advocate

Bear hunts do not reduce human-bear conflict, and are no more than trophy hunts, spilling blood of innocent creatures for pleasure. As it stands, the current status of the bear hunt also fails to meet the requirements set by the New Jersey Supreme Court to keep NJ’s neighborhoods safe from disease. Hunting creates an increase in opportunity for animal–human interactions and can even be attributed to facilitating zoonotic disease transmission. The widely used practice of bating promotes bears to congregate at designated locations, raising the risk of disease introduction, and spillover into other wildlife species, domestic livestock, and humans. Baiting related diseases like Bovine Tuberculosis and Chronic Wasting Disease, have cost affected states hundreds of millions of dollars in direct costs over the past decade. It is possible to live in harmony and co-exist peacefully with bears, and that calls for more effective trash management, and bear-smart policies, not more killing.

Join The Movement

Sign the petition to support the repeal of rules permitting the black bear hunt.

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End Cosmetic Testing on Animals

We are working to ban the unnecessary and harmful use of defenseless animals for testing of cosmetic products.

Background

Banning the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals with NJ bill, S1726/A795 would strengthen laws in place to protect these defenseless animals. Cosmetic testing refers to the internal or external application of cosmetic products, or their ingredients, to any part of an animal’s body. Currently, there is a ban on testing cosmetics on animals in New Jersey when there is a validated alternative method. This bill would go further to outright ban the sale of any cosmetic products tested on animals, even if testing occurred outside of New Jersey.

Read the Bill >>

Why Advocate

Animals used in cosmetic testing spend their lives scared and in pain. They suffer in silence as substances are poured in their eyes, forced down their throats, and rubbed on their skin only to be killed and discarded when they are no longer useful. This process is not only cruel and inhumane, but also unnecessary. Cosmetic companies have thousands of ingredients that require no testing at their disposal. They can also use humane testing methods such as advanced computer models and human-cell based testing which are more reliable and less expensive. There is no need to continue torturing defenseless animals.

Take Action

The ban animal testing on cosmetics bill, S1726/A795, was passed unanimously in the Senate on February 19, 2021 and has been referred to the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee. Contact Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman, Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty to thank him for co-sponsoring the bill, and ask him to schedule it for a vote in the next committee meeting.

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Compassion for Community Cats

We are advocating to end senseless killing of community cats and address the root causes of the problem.

Background

The Compassion for Community Cats Bill, S1034/A4399 would help municipalities in NJ carry out humane, cost-effective, and efficient solutions to curb cat diseases and overpopulation. Trap-neuter-vaccinate-return, also known as TNVR, is a safe, effective solution that we can all agree upon. This revenue-neutral bill would also help New Jersey's residents who are caring for community cats through the Animal Population Control Fund.

Read The Bill >>

Why Advocate

This bill would save thousands of cats from needless, expensive euthanasia which has not ever worked to reduce community cat populations long-term. More than 80% of all animals euthanized in NJ’s animal shelters in 2018 were cats. Municipalities wouldn't have a 'cat problem' if they implemented TNVR. Diseases carried by community cats, such as intestinal parasites, rabies, flea-borne typhus, and toxoplasmosis are no longer problems with vaccination as included in the bill. Furthermore, municipalities would be saving tax dollars by investing in low cost TNVR programs compared to higher euthanasia costs.

Take Action

The Compassion for Community Cats Bill, S1034/A4399 has been referred to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. Contact Senator Paul A. Sarlo and tell him why our communities should invest in this program, and ask him to put the bill up for a vote.

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Traveling Exotic Animals and Public Safety Protection Act

We are working to amend the Animal Welfare Act inorder to ban the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling performances.

Background

Modeled after New Jersey’s Nosey’s law, the Traveling Exotic Animals and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) is a Federal Bill that will amend the Animal Welfare Act to stop the inhumane treatment of exotic animals by restricting the use of exotic animals in traveling performances such as circuses, carnivals, and parades. Once enacted, the bill will minimize the abuse of exotic animals, remove safety risks not adequately addressed by current regulations, and save taxpayer money used for exotic animal related costs.

Read Last Session's Bill >>

Why Advocate

Exotic animals have wild needs and behaviors. They are not naturally suited for traveling performances, and suffer as a result of being unable to fulfill their instinctive natural behaviors. Meanwhile, abuses such as starvation, water restrictions, whipping, and electric shock devices, used to force animals to learn tricks are vial and unethical. Such treatment causes stress, behavioral and health problems that harm the animals, and endanger the workers and the audience of traveling performances.

Join The Movement

Write to NJ federal Senator, Bob Menendez to reintroduce TEASPA to save wild and exotic animals from the cruelty of performance acts.

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Ban Killing Contests

We are working to end the killing of animals for the purpose of enjoyment by banning killing contests.

Background

Banning killing contests with bill S1176/A1365 would put an end to the senseless killing and torment of New Jersey wildlife. This legislation would prohibit competitive events, often referred to as derbies or tournaments, wherein hunters compete to kill the most or largest wild animals to win prizes. The bill would make organizing and participating in these events unlawful, and anyone who violates the prohibition would be guilty of a disorderly persons offense and a suspension of licenses or permits issued by the Division of Fish and Wildlife along with privileges to take or possess wildlife.

Read The Bill >>

Why Advocate

Killing contests represent the worst humankind has to offer, and they happen far more often than many realize. Killing senseless amounts of animals for enjoyment is both ethically wrong and ecologically irresponsible. These events normalize an astounding degree of violence. Organizers and participants perpetuate the myth that killing predators such as coyotes and foxes protects livestock and game species; however, this belief is not based on scientific evidence. Rather, scientists warn that the indiscriminate mass killing of predator species can lead to detrimental ecological effects. These killing contests are inhumane and needlessly cruel. They must be stopped.

Take Action

This bill to ban killing contests, S1176/A1365 , was introduced in the 2020 session and has been referred to the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Agriculture Committee. Contact your Senator and Assembly Members and ask them to co-sponsor and support this legislation.

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Ban Puppy Mills

We are working to shut down Puppy Mills from doing business in New Jersey - those driven solely by greed and which care little about the welfare of the dogs and cats they sell - or the loving pet owners they sell them to.

Background

Banning puppy mills is a push to revise the “Pet Purchase Protection Act,” signed into effect in 2015, to prohibit the retail sale of animals from puppy mills. Legislation would require pet stores to disclose the origins of the dogs and cats they sell, and would bar animal rescue organizations, shelters and pounds from obtaining cats or dogs from breeders or brokers in exchange for payment or compensation. We are asking NJ legislature to put an end to the inhumane treatment of animals by adopting policies that better monitor and restrict the sources of cats and dogs sold by pet dealers in New Jersey.

Why Advocate

Puppy Mills are large-scale commercial establishments that breed dogs to sell typically on an intensive basis and in inhumane conditions. Dogs and cats are bred in conditions that maximize profit without consideration of the wellbeing of the animals, often producing dogs and cats with heredity defects. These animals are then sold at pet stores, afflicted with serious psychological or health problems. Some of the many illnesses include zoonotic diseases which can be spread to other pets and humans. Many of these animals end up homeless or euthanized because of the health issues, much like the faith of the animals which weren’t sold. Banning Puppy Mills will significantly reduce the amount of sick, homeless, and euthanized dogs/cats in NJ.

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Urge your legislators to introduce a bill to ban the retail sale of animals from unregulated rescue agencies. 

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