New Jersey Is First State to Ban Wild Animal Circus Acts

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It is now illegal to use elephants , tigers and other wild and exotic animals in traveling animal acts in New Jersey, the first state to mandate such a move. Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy signed "Nosey’s Law," the namesake of a 36-year-old African elephant with crippling arthritis that was forced to travel around the country, including to the Garden State, for traveling circus acts and suffered abuse, according to a press release from the governor’s office. "These animals belong in their natural habitats or in wildlife sanctuaries, not in performances where their safety and the safety of others is at risk," Gov. Murphy said Friday in the press release. Today, I am proud to sign a law that will ensure that New Jersey will not allow wild and exotic animals to be explo… — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) 1544817312.0 "This law would not have been possible without the years of hard work and advocacy by Senator Ray Lesniak, whose legacy on issues of animal rights is second to none," the governor added. Nosey’s Law passed the Legislature with only three members from either chamber opposing the measure, the governor’s press release said. The bill actually overwhelmingly passed […]

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