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NJ Anti-Animal Bill Needs Veto

From: Julie
Sent on: Sunday, August 14, 2011 2:18 AM

S2923: CONDITIONAL VETO NEEDED

 

(NOTE: The email we listed below for Christie is not working. Please ONLY use this link for WEBMAIL. Under Topic, use Health and Senior Services, as the Office of Animal Welfare is in HSS. Sorry for the inconvenience and confusion.)

 

Senate Bill 2923, a bill that deals with spay/neuter and assorted animal control issues, passed the Senate and the Assembly and is now on the Governor's desk. Christie NEEDS TO VETO THIS by August 25 or it automatically becomes law.

A provision in S2923 is TERRIBLE as it supersedes the current, mandatory seven day holding requirement for animals brought into a NJ shelter.

 

S2923 allows for an animal to be euthanized before the end of the seven day holding period "if the age, health, or behavior of the animal warrants euthanizing it before seven days has elapsed." 

 

Allowing this type of broad discretion is a death sentence for: 

  • animals the shelter thinks are too old to be adopted; 
  • animals with medical issues the shelter does not want to handle financially or otherwise;
  • companion animals who may have slipped their leash and are deemed too old, sickly, etc:
  • feral cats. 

The negative impact for feral cats is two-fold in that not only will it allow for their immediate killing, but the change eliminates any incentive for shelters to address feral cat populations through highly successful non-lethal TNR programs. 

 

Impounded animals may be frightened; in fact, such "behavior" upon sudden impoundment may be the norm and is usually temporary.

 

It's our understanding that the bill started out as something good and morphed into what it is now. Read the bill in its entirety here.

 

Contact us for further info at [address removed] or[masked]-6808. 

 

PLEASE TAKE ACTION

 

1. Contact the governor and ask him to conditionally veto S2923, which changes the current impoundment language. Remember, he must act by 8/25/11, so contact him today. 

Governor Chris Christie
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Webmail

Email

 

2. Please use the following block of e-mails to ask these legislators to use their influence with Christie and request the conditional veto.

 

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