Urge Governor Christie to VETO Nosey’s Law

As many of you have heard, the New Jersey legislature passed Assembly Bill 4386, also known as “Nosey’s Law.”  When the bill was introduced, it banned the use of elephants in traveling acts/entertainment.  However, on 12/18/17, the Assembly Appropriations Committee amended the language to include ALL wild and exotic animals!

The language passed yesterday reads as follows:

  1. a. Notwithstanding any other law, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, to the contrary, no person shall use an elephant 1or other wild or exotic animal1 in a traveling animal act. 
  1. Any person who violates this section shall be subject to the penalties provided in section 10 of P.L.1973, c.309 (C.23:2A-10), except that the criminal penalties provided in subsection f. of that section shall not apply.
  1. As used in this section:

  “Mobile or traveling housing facility” means a vehicle, including a truck, trailer, or railway car, used to transport or house an animal used for performance. 

     “Performance” means any animal act, carnival, circus, display, exhibition, exposition, fair, parade, petting zoo, presentation, public showing, race, ride, trade show, or similar undertaking in which animals perform tricks, give rides, or participate as accompaniments for the entertainment, amusement, or benefit of a live audience. 

     “Traveling animal act” means any performance which requires an animal to be transported to or from the location of the performance in a mobile or traveling housing facility. 

  1. This act shall take effect immediately.

Read Full Text of the Bill here

Usually when a bill is passed in New Jersey, the Governor has 45 days to sign or veto the bill, or if no action is taken, the bill automatically becomes law after 45 days..

URGENT ACTION: However, we have learned from one of our colleagues who spoke to Governor Christie’s office that because the bill passed at the end of the legislative session, the Governor has only seven (7) days to act from when the bill gets to his desk — the bill should have arrived yesterday or today, making the signing deadline Jan. 15.  Governor Christie’s term ends on January 16.

PLEASE CONTACT GOVERNOR CHRISTIE’S OFFICE and POLITELY URGE HIM TO VETO THIS LEGISLATION KNOWN AS NOSEY’S LAW.

  • Phone for Governor’s office: 609-292-6000
  • FAX: 609-777-2922
  • Twitter: @GovChristie

TWEET STORM IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS THURSDAY EVENING AT 8:00 PM CENTRAL TIME.  I WILL SEND OUT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TOMORROW.

 

“Eteral Vigilance is the price of Liberty!” ~ Thomas Jefferson

 

Mindy Patterson

President

The Cavalry Group

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