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New Jersey moves closer to becoming first US state to ban wild animal circus acts!

Posted: 8 January 2018. Updated: 31 May 2018


UPDATE May 31, 2018
The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee unanimously voted (5-0) to pass Nosey’s Law (S1093/A1923) – a bill to ban wild animal circus acts statewide – out of committee. ADI testified in favor of the bill and worked with bill sponsors and local advocates to propose clarifying language.

Cheers to Nosey’s Law sponsors Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Asm. Raj Mukherji, who have committed to ‘get this done’ for Nosey and for all wild animals suffering in circuses. This moment is particularly significant; it’s a real opportunity for major statewide change. We can end these shows – what’s really needed to bring it across the finish line are NJ voices.

Nosey’s Law goes to a floor vote in the Senate and Assembly, perhaps as soon as June 7. Please join us in making your voice heard for the animals. If you live in NJ, ask your legislators to vote yes on Nosey’s Law S1093/A1923. Find your legislators here

UPDATE May 17, 2018
ADI applauds New Jersey as it takes the lead toward becoming the first US state to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, thanks to bill sponsors NJ Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez and NJ Assemblyman Raj Mukherji.

Nosey’s Law (S1093/A1923) is named after long-suffering circus elephant Nosey, who was recently placed into a sanctuary, temporarily confiscated after decades on the road. The bill is scheduled for consideration by the NJ Senate Economic Growth Committee THURSDAY, May 31 at 10:30am. If Nosey’s Law passes this Committee, it could go before the full Senate and Assembly as early as June 7! Please take action today! Call the Committee and let your legislator know that you want to end cruel and dangerous wild animal acts in New Jersey!

Christina Scaringe, General Counsel for ADI, who has been working with the sponsors’ offices and local advocates on the New Jersey legislation, says: “Animal Defenders International thanks Senator Cruz-Perez, Assemblyman Mukherji, and the people of New Jersey for their hard work and leadership on this important issue. The overwhelming evidence shows wild animals suffer in traveling acts. Nosey’s Law recognizes this - we urge New Jersey to take this historic step to end circus suffering, and we call on other states and the federal government to follow its lead.”

Here’s why, with your help, we can win this: In the United States, audiences have been turning away from animal circuses in droves; several have closed, including Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, while others have gone animal-free and thrived. Last year, New York City followed San Francisco’s ban on wild animal circus acts; Los Angeles is working on a ban now as well. Over 80 US jurisdictions in 31 states have now taken action to restrict wild animal circus acts.

A number of other states are also considering bans on wild animal circus acts, including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and New York, and a federal bill - the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA /H.R.1759), to end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows nationwide - is gaining bipartisan support in the US House.

Over 40 countries around the world have passed national circus prohibitions, including Guatemala, where ADI is now on the ground rescuing circus animals, since the ban has gone into effect.

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UPDATE January 22, 2018
Today, Alabama Judge Angela Terry issued a 17-page opinion sustaining the writ of seizure to permit Nosey to remain at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee permanently! Nosey is finally free, after enduring three decades in chains as a circus elephant, since she was first torn from her family in the wild.

Late last year, Nosey was temporarily confiscated after Lawrence County Alabama Animal Control Officer Kimberly Carpenter responded to citizen complaints, while the court considered her future. Judge Terry heard hours of testimony in December, and today issued her ruling to allow Nosey to remain roaming free in sanctuary. Nosey’s former owners Hugo and Francesca Liebel will be in court again Feb. 8 to face cruelty charges.

It’s time to end Nosey’s suffering, and the suffering of all circus animals.

Nosey inspired a bill to ban wild animal circus acts in NJ; if you live in NJ please support Nosey’s Law A1923 (S1093).

In the US, get involved in our Week of Action to support TEAPSPA (the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act/ HR1759)

Join the global movement to Stop Circus Suffering:

UPDATE January 15, 2018
Nosey’s Law fell at the final hurdle – but victory is in sight. New Jersey Governor Christie has failed to sign (“pocket vetoed”) the bill to ban exotic animals in circuses throughout the state. However, we must not be disheartened – it is not unusual for animal protection legislation that provides permanent change, ensuring no animals are left behind, to go through several attempts before we win.

The animals need us to pick ourselves up! The trailblazing New Jersey bill secured overwhelming support in both the Assembly and Senate. The new governor and legislative session begin this month (Senate quorum on Jan. 22nd; Assembly Jan 29th), and Senator Raymond J. Lesniak and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji have a new bill ready to be presented, and ADI has presented proposed bill language to the sponsors to further refine the language. It is always disappointing to come so close, but that’s the reason we know victory is within reach in New Jersey – we must not give up. Ever. Ever. Similar state bills are pending in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, and Hawaii, as well the federal bill TEAPSPA (HR1759), which would ban such acts nationwide. The race is back on as to which state will be first!

In NJ, show your support for a new Nosey’s Law (soon to be reintroduced to the incoming legislature) by calling your legislators:

Across the US, support TEAPSPA

We get knocked down. We get up. We get knocked down again. We get up and we win.

January 8, 2018
Animal Defenders International (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 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.

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