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CALL TO ACTION
U.S. Anti-Tethering Legislation By State

The State of New Jersey is Currently Lobbying for
Laws Against Tethering Dogs for Life:

New Jersey Residents:

Support Bill to Restrict Cruel, Dangerous Chaining of Dogs

UPDATE 2/19/08

BILLS A2773 AND S1705 Establish animal cruelty offenses pertaining to chaining or other restraint of animals.

Bills A2773 and S1705 were not posted for a vote during the last legislative session. These are very important bills and we need your help to get them reintroduced during the new session so that they do not disappear forever.

Please contact the assemblymen and assemblywomen below.

HTTP://WWW.NJLEG.STATE.NJ.US/SELECTMUN.ASP

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR(S)

Copy and paste this letter:
"I respectfully request that bills A2773 and S1705 be reintroduced during this new session.

Over thirty different states have communities with ordinances that ban, limit time, or set are standards for chained dogs. Please reintroduce and upgrade these bills to eliminate chaining altogether. By banning dog chaining, we are moving in the right direction to a safer community."

TO CONTACT THE THREE ASSEMBLYMEN BELOW:
HTTP://WWW.NJLEG.STATE.NJ.US/MEMBERS/BIO.ASP?LEG=31
* Holzapfel, James W. as Primary Sponsor of A2773
* Wolfe, David W. as Primary Sponsor of A2773
* Ciesla, Andrew R. as Primary Sponsor of S1705

TO CONTACT THE TWO ASSEMBLYMEN BELOW:
HTTP://WWW.NJLEG.STATE.NJ.US/MEMBERS/BIO.ASP?LEG=299
* Van Drew, Jeff as Co-Sponsor of A2773
* Albano, Nelson T. as Primary Sponsor of A2773

TO CONTACT THE INDIVIDUAL ASSEMBLYMEN AND ASSEMBLYWOMEN BELOW:
* Voss, Joan M. as Primary Sponsor of A2773 -
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=244
* Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. as Co-Sponsor of A2773 -
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=203
* Giblin, Thomas P. as Co-Sponsor of A2773
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=257


As you know, keeping dogs chained—or as it's sometimes called, "tethering" — is cruel, because it deprives these highly social pack animals of proper socialization and often leaves them unable to reach whatever shelter, food, and water they've been provided.

The dogs grow aggressively protective of their tiny space and often attack children who come near them. Legislation that would help make the state a safer place for dogs and the public — Senate Bill No. 1705 and its companion bill, Assembly Bill No. 2773 — has been introduced in the New Jersey Legislature. Today, please urge your legislators to do the right thing and support this legislation.

If it becomes law, S1705 and the identically worded A2773 would prohibit chaining or otherwise restraining animals such that they're deprived of the ability to properly eat, drink, access shelter, remain in good health, or avoid serious injury. Those convicted of violations would be guilty of a disorderly persons offense and facefines of up to $1,000.

Today, please politely urge your state senator and assembly member to support S1705 and A2773, respectively. You can find your legislators'
names and contact information here.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2006/Bills/S2000/1705_I1.HTM
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2006/Bills/A3000/2773_I1.HTM

SYNOPSIS
Establishes animal cruelty offenses pertaining to chaining or other restraint of animals. Please contact Senator Asselta, Assemblyman Van Drew and Assemblyman Albano today in support of A-2773 and S1705. Or, contact your Senator and Assemblymen.

Please ask them to support and upgrade the bills to eliminate chaining altogether as have California and Maryland Senates this month. (See below)

PLEASE follow your email with written correspondence which always has a greater impact than email.

Senator Nicholas Asselta, Republican
District Office: Main Tree Commons, 1450 East Chestnut Avenue,
Building 1, Suite B, Vineland, NJ 08361 (856)-691-3004
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/asselta.asp

Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano, Democrat
District Office: 21 North Main Street, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609)-465-0700
District Office: 223 East Main Street, Millville, NJ 08332 (856)-293-8353
District Office: 1028 East Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360 (856)-696-7109
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/albano.asp


Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, Democrat
District Office: 21 North Main Street, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609)-465-0700
District Office: 223 East Main Street, Millville, NJ 08332 (856)-293-8353
District Office: 1028 East Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360 (856)-696-7109
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/vandrew.asp