I am cross posting a message I received from the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA):
NJ's Animals Need your Help!
Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen County) has introduced legislation (S1516) to, at long last, put the animal cruelty statutes where they belong - in NJ's criminal code. Right now, NJ's animal cruelty statutes are in the agriculture code.
As a result, judges, prosecutors and police are not trained in these laws or even as familiar with NJ's animal cruelty statutes as they are with other crimes. We now have felony animal cruelty laws yet they are not located in the penal code where all other laws are located.Not only does S1516 put NJ's animal cruelty statutes in the criminal code where they belong, it rewrites them using modern language and strengthens the laws to protect animals. This proposed law is long past due. NJ's animal cruelty statutes have not been substantially revised since the late 1800s!
Putting NJ's animal cruelty statutes in the criminal code and rewriting them in modern language will lead to better and more enforcement.
PLEASE CONTACT SENATOR RAYMOND LESNIAK, CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE ECONOMIC GROWTH COMMITTEE, AND URGE HIM TO POST S1516 FOR A VOTE ON MONDAY, JUNE 9.
Senator Lesniak's contact info: Phone: 908-624-0880 Fax: 908-624-0587 Email: SenLesniak@njleg.org You don't need to be a constituent of his to call. This is a statewide issue and you are contacting him as the Chairman of the committee. However, if you are a constituent of his (District 20), please tell his office that. If calling, you can speak with a staffer or leave a voicemail message.
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Janine Motta, New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA) PO Box 174 Englishtown, NJ 07726732-446-6808 New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance is NJ's only statewide animal rights organization. NJARA has been advancing the rights of animals for 25 years through advocacy, public education and legislation. Visit us at www.NJ-ARA.org.P Be Green! Visit www.chooseveg.com and explore a plant-based diet.Emacs!