Legislation Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Daniel R. Benson and Raj Mukherji sponsored to strengthen New Jersey's laws against animal cruelty recently cleared the Assembly.
The first bill, A-2041, sponsored by Gusciora and Benson, would authorize the courts to issue an animal protection order against any person found guilty of abusing an animal or otherwise violating state animal cruelty laws. The animal protection order would require the person to refrain from interacting with an animal permanently or for a period of time specified by the court.
"As a humane society, we should not tolerate abuse against animals any more than we would against a person," said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "Whether it's indirect abuse, like starvation, direct abuse, such as physical violence or the anger of a disgruntled spouse or partner, this bill will help protect innocent animals."