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.
It's important to note that on 12/18/17, the Assembly Appropriations Committee amended the language to include ALL wild and exotic animals!
“Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
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.
b. 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.
c. 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.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.”
Read Full Text of the Bill here
URGENT ACTION: Because Nosey's Law 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.
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NOSEY’S LAW MAKES WAY MORE THAN CIRCUSES ILLEGAL IN NEW JERSEY
"The oddest thing about all of this is that Nosey’s Law is damaging the business practices of multiple facilities accredited by the AZA less than six months after they very publicly teamed up with PETA’s legislation-focused counterpart, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The CEO of HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, wrote publicly about the need for the two organizations “to unite to fight cruelty and promote conservation,” and yet both Pacelle and the HSUS New Jersey State Director both widely praised the passing of a law that actively damages the conservation efforts of multiple AZA zoos. HSUS and PETA do not frequently present themselves to the public as flip sides of the same coin, but their VP of wildlife affairs, Nicole Paquette, has stated publicly that the two organizations have the same goals, simply different methods of achieving them; in light of that, it might seem that Nosey’s Law is the first stumbling block for the overly optimistic partnership between a zoological organization and an animal rights advocacy group. However, the comments made by both the HSUS New Jersey State Director and Pacelle about the law passing indicated that they believed the bill to be entirely focused on ending circus acts using wild animals. Pacelle, specifically, opened his blog post on the topic with a statement that the law bans “almost all wild-animal acts” when the bill as written in fact bans every exotic animal act. " Read more