New Jersey: Legislation to Protect Animals from Trunk Fighting

TRENTON  NJ (STL.News) Governor Phil Murphy signed S975 into law to prohibit animal trunk fighting in New Jersey.  Trunk fighting is defined as two or more animals fighting each other that could lead to possible death(s).  With this new law, those who are in violation will be subject to a third-degree animal cruelty felony and/or fined up to $5,000 for each offense.

“Building a stronger and fairer New Jersey includes ensuring animal welfare,” said Governor Murphy.  “With today’s bill signing, we are enhancing protections for animals and ensuring that these disturbing activities will not be tolerated.”

“Trunk fighting is morally reprehensible,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean.  “In New Jersey, we will not tolerate this barbaric and despicable activity.  With this law, we are sending a clear message to anyone who would consider fighting dogs in this most inhumane manner that they will face significant penalties and substantial fines.”

“During my time in the Legislature, I have sponsored multiple proposals to prioritize animal welfare,” said Senator Troy Singleton.  “Trunk fighting is a horrifying act of animal cruelty where dogs are provoked to fight to their death in the trunk of a car.  It is disgusting and it will not be tolerated in New Jersey with this new law. 

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