May 18, 2015
New Jersey Senate Passes Bestiality Ban and Bill to Increase Penalties for Animal Fighting
Two bills to improve animal welfare in New Jersey have passed the Senate. A. 3012, sponsored by Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-Somerset, and Sen. Christopher Bateman, R-16, defines, prohibits and sets penalties for the sexual abuse of animals. The second bill, S. 736, sponsored by Sens. Thomas Kean, R-21, Raymond Lesniak, D-20, and Bateman, increases the penalty for animal fighting to a racketeering charge. Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:
“Both of these bills are long overdue, and we thank all of the legislators who helped make this happen for their unwavering effort to strengthen the protections for animals in New Jersey. Perpetrators of animal cruelty are a threat to our communities. It’s obvious that our legislature understands this and will not allow these types of blatant animal cruelty in our state.”
A.3012 will now go to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk for signing and S.736 will go to the General Assembly.
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