Advocate for Animals
The Lesniak Institute advocates for animal welfare, training the next generation of American Leaders to protect animals from cruelty and extinction.
Help us continue to advance animal welfare as The Lesniak Institute For American Leadership advocates for legislation to make New Jersey The Humane State and promote animal welfare across America and in every nation.
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We are working to amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling performances.
The Traveling Exoctic Animals and Public Safety Protection Act ( TEAPSPA) is a federal law that has recently been introduced by New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. This bill is to restrict the use of exoctic animals in traveling performances.This bill we reduce the tax fees on paying for the shipment and necessities for traveling animals. Representative Raul M. Griljavi is the current sponsor of the bill which is in the livestock and foreign agriculture committee.
This bill is being advocated for to stop the use of animals in circuses, carnivals, and parades. When animals travel they become expensive and to lessen that cost the people facilitating don't provide the proper living environments for these animals. The animals than begin to suffer from physical and emotional health issues that usually result in them dying of long lasting, pain enduring, diseases. To prevent this there will be an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exoctic animals in traveling.
Please Contact your House members to be co-sponsors of the Traveling Exotic Animals and Public Safety Information Act.
We’re working to prevent the extinction of the New Jersey Black Bear population by ending bear hunting and implementing non-lethal methods of bear management.
Pedals’ Law, S2769/A2455, bans hunting and creates a nonlethal control program for black bears in New Jersey. It will require a five-year nonlethal black bear control program developed by licensed veterinarians, wildlife biologists, and other appropriate animal protection agencies. This plan will monitor the bear’s population including, birth rates, death rates, age, gender, distribution, home range, and movement. An analysis regarding the effectiveness of this plan will be presented to the responsible Governor and to the Legislature.
Black Bears are a crucial part of New Jersey’s natural heritage and serve as a vital component to healthy ecosystems across the state. Instead of allowing hunters to poach these creatures, Pedals’ Law will enact a way to create bear-smart policies to reduce bear and human interactions.
Pedals’ Law was named in honor of Pedals, an injured, docile New Jersey Black Bear, who was maliciously killed by a hunter.
Protection for Black Bears, known as S2769/A2455, is awaiting Senate and Assembly Committee action. The bill wasn’t posted for a vote despite it being moved out of the Senate Economic Growth and Agriculture Committee twice. To end the bear hunt now, contact your legislators and ask them to co-sponsor Pedals Law S2769/A2455.
We are working to shut down Puppy Mills 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.
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 without consideration of genetic quality producing dogs and cats with heredity defects. Legislation sponsored by Senator Lesniak banning Puppy Mills was vetoed by Governor Christie. Pending legislation will ban the sale of puppies and cats in New Jersey from puppy mills.
Puppy Mills put profit above the well-being of animals. Female dogs and cats are bred at every opportunity with little to no recovery time between litters. When the dog/cat is no longer able to produce offspring, it is usually euthanized. In one year, NJ will euthanize over 15,000 cats and dogs.
Animals sold at pet stores more often than not have serious psychological or health problems. Some of the many illnesses common to pet store puppies include zoonotic diseases which can be spread to other pets and humans. Banning Puppy Mills will significantly reduce the amount of sick, homeless, and euthanized dogs/cats in NJ.
New Jersey residents please sign this petition and urge your legislators to ban the retail sale of animals from puppy mills.
Desmond’s law 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.
Bill A4840/S3322 will allow law students and appointed representatives to be animal advocates in criminal cases regarding cruelty, dog fighting, and other welfare abuses. The representative 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 cat or dog.
Animals that are abused far too often do not receive justice and suffer more abuse by a legal system that overlooks animal abuse. The humans responsible for hurting these animals sometimes go without facing consequences for their actions. Because of this failure of the criminal justice system, humans who hurt animals are not required to do go through rehabilitation and often times reoffend. New Jersey's Desmond’s law will give law students an opportunity to be advocates for animals who have no voice in our criminal justice system.
Desmond’s Law A4840/S3322 has been introduced in the New Jersey Legislature. Please contact your legislators and urge them to support Desmond’s Law, A4840/S3322.