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Trailblazing New Jersey bill to ban exotic animal circus acts falls at final hurdle

Posted: 8 January 2018. Updated: 16 January 2018

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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: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp

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 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.

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 as well. Over 80 US jurisdictions in 31 states have now taken action to restrict wild animal circus acts.

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 as well. Over 80 US jurisdictions in 31 states have now taken action to restrict wild animal circus acts.

Over 40 countries around the world have passed national circus prohibitions, with Italy, Ireland, and Scotland most recently joining the list.

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