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New Jersey week of action

Posted: 22 December 2017. Updated: 9 January 2018

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Jan. 8, 2018 UPDATE
ADI applauds New Jersey, as it takes the lead to become the first US state to ban the use of exotic animals in circuses, thanks to bill sponsors NJ Senator Ray Lesniak and NJ Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. Nosey’s Law passed the NJ Senate last year as S2508, sponsored by Senator Lesniak, to ban circus elephant acts, and was amended by Assembly (A4386) sponsor Asm. Raj Mukherji to ban the use of all exotic animals in traveling circuses.

Nosey’s Law is named after long suffering circus elephant Nosey, who was recently placed into a sanctuary, temporarily confiscated after decades on the road. The bill was originally scheduled for a vote last week, but was postponed after adverse weather conditions closed all state offices. Nosey’s Law passed the NJ Assembly [66-2] and the Senate [31-0], with overwhelming support for landmark bill; A4386/S2508 could go to the governor’s desk as early as tomorrow.

Jan. 4, 2018 UPDATE
Today’s storm has New Jersey under a state of emergency and all state offices are closed, so the vote on A4386/S2508 – a bill to ban exotic animal circus acts statewide – has been postponed. ADI expects it to be heard Monday (January 8th) in both state houses. Kudos to sponsors Asm. Raj Mukherji and Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, who have committed to ‘get this done’. This means there is still time to act – if you live in NJ, call your legislators today to support A4386/S2508 to ban all wild animal circus acts. Find out more about the bill known as “Nosey’s Law” and how to contact your legislators here: http://bit.ly/vital-vote-NJ

ADI will be in Trenton for the historic vote, which could make NJ the first US state to ban exotic animal circus acts – invite your friends to follow us on Facebook to follow events like this as they happen!

January 1, 2018
If you live in New Jersey, below you will find actions for you to take to support New Jersey’s Nosey’s Law (A4386/S2508), as amended, to prohibit traveling wild and exotic animal acts.

Circus animals are counting on you to take action for them this week, so please join ADI, fellow supporters, and other animal protection groups to stop circus suffering in New Jersey.

We need your help to make it a success!

Nosey’s Law (S2508), to ban circus elephant acts, passed the NJ Senate last year; we were delighted that its sponsor, Sen. Ray Lesniak, subsequently committed to support an  amendment to protect all wild animals suffering in circuses, noting ‘It’s the right thing.”  ADI met with the Assembly companion bill (A4386) sponsor, Rep. Raj Mukherji, to provide evidence and make the case that all wild animals suffer in traveling acts. Rep. Mukherji agreed, and amended the bill; it subsequently passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee with broad support. A4386/S2508 now goes to the full Assembly for a vote (January 5th or 8th), and to the Senate January 8th (to concur on the amendment).

TAKE PART in our week of action ~ help bring A4386/S2508 over the finish line, and make NJ the first US state to ban all wild and exotic circus animal acts!

Take Action This Week!

Monday: Send this email to 5 friends, and ask them to take action

Tuesday: Spread the word on social media!
Share our week of action Facebook posts and tweets with your friends and followers.

Wednesday: Call your state assemblymember

Call your assemblymember and urge them to say YES to A4386, as amended, to prohibit traveling wild animal acts, when it goes before the Assembly (Jan. 5th or 8th)

Find your legislators’ contact information here.

Thursday: Follow up with your assemblymember if needed

If you did not get a chance to call on Wednesday, call your assemblymember this morning and urge them to say YES to A4386, as amended, to prohibit traveling wild animal acts before the vote today

Find your legislators’ contact information here.

Friday: Call your state senator

Call your state senator and urge them to say YES to S2508, as amended, to prohibit traveling wild animal acts, when it goes before the Senate (Jan. 8th) for a vote.

Find your legislators’ contact information here.

Studies on the use of wild animals in traveling acts show that circuses cannot meet the physical or behavioral needs of wild animals. Animals are deprived of their physical and social needs, confined in small spaces, spending excessive time shut in trailers and train cars. They often demonstrate abnormal behaviors - rocking, swaying, and pacing - indicating they are in distress and not coping with their environment. ADI’s video evidence shows these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear, and intimidation.

Together, we can stop the suffering. Thank you so much for making a difference for animals this week!

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