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New Jersey Strengthens Dog Fighting Law

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a new measure to crack down on dog fighting by adding the illegal activity to the state’s anti-racketeering statute. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Kean Jr., R-Union, makes leading a dog fighting ring a second-degree crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and also increases penalties for those who participate in dog fighting. The Humane Society of the United States supported passage of the bill.

Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for The HSUS, issued the following statement:

New Jersey’s legislature and governor have made it clear that dog fighting will not be tolerated in our state. We applaud Senator Kean for introducing this measure as a powerful deterrent to anyone involved in such a despicable bloodsport. It is an important tool in our effort to wipe out dog fighting for good.”

Media Contact
: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org


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