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Outgoing NJ Gov. Chris Christie rejects wild animal acts bill

Nosey’s Law will go back to legislature

The Humane Society of the United States expressed disappointment in the decision by outgoing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to pocket veto “Nosey’s Law” (A4386/S2508), which would have protected elephants and other wild or exotic animals from being abused in traveling animal acts.

Nosey’s Law passed the legislature by votes of 66-2-2 in the General Assembly and by 31-0 in the State Senate. It is named after an elephant who for years has been used to give rides at circuses and fairs despite suffering painful arthritis and degenerative joint disease and has generated protests and petitions across the country. Nosey’s plight prompted Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33) and Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) to introduce this landmark legislation, which Gov. Chris Christie failed to act on. Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker (D-Somerset) and Herb Conaway (D-Burlington), Senators Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden), Diane Allen (R-Burlington), and Bob Gordon (D-Bergen) also cosponsored the bill.

Read more: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2018/01/nj-rejects-wild-animal-acts-bill.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

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