-- URGENT STATUS UPDATE --
11/10/2016 UPDATE: S. 63 has moved again and is now scheduled for a hearing and vote by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Monday, November 14th at 2 PM in Room 9 of the State House Annex in Trenton. We need as many people as possible to attend and voice their opposition to this ban on responsible pet sales.
Why is this bill being heard by the Environment and Solid Waste Committee? It was originally assigned to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, but when it became clear that they wouldn’t pass it the sponsor pulled strings to have it reassigned to a friendlier committee. He is intent on passing this bill – we need to be just as committed to fighting it.
Please make plans to attend and take a moment to submit your concerns by using THIS LINK or the button below to access our Legislative Action Center!
Here is a brief follow up from June 30 to the PetAlert distributed on June 28, 2016:
By a 27-8 vote (with 5 Senators abstaining), the New Jersey Senate today passed Senate Bill 63. The measure will now be sent to the New Jersey Assembly for further consideration.
PIJAC continues to work with stakeholders in the state to communicate our grave concerns with this bill and its de facto ban on pet sales so soon after the state enacted responsible sourcing legislation.
See below for the original text of the June 28, 2016 PetAlert.
URGENT: Tell the New Jersey Senate to protect pet choice and local businesses, and vote NO on S-63!
Use button below to contact New Jersey Senators IMMEDIATELY to ask that they stand up to last-minute politicking and vote NO on S-63 to allow for stakeholder input.
The ongoing effort to ban the sale of responsibly-raised pets to consumers across the United States continues; this time the proposed ban would impact the entire state of New Jersey. Senate Bill 63 passed out of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on a party-line vote after its sponsor agreed to work with stakeholders to address their concerns. In its current form, it would force any new pet store in the state to source from shelters and rescues while still being liable for any health issues these random-sourced pets may develop.
There is little time to act. The sponsor wants to bring the bill up for a vote this week, no matter what. Contact leaders in the New Jersey Senate and ask that they vote No on this bill so it can be amended to protect pets, consumers and local businesses.
Responsible pet ownership begins with finding the ideal companion for your specific circumstances. After the most recent round of amendments, S-63 removes New Jerseyans ability to use pet stores as highly regulated sources for pets which provide personalized attention and service during, and after, the purchase of a new family pet. While current pet stores would continue to operate under the most comprehensive set of sourcing, signage and warranty regulations in the country, new stores will be prohibited unless they are willing to provide warranties on dogs from unknown origins. This is not in the best interest of New Jersey consumers or their beloved companion animals as it limits pet choice and removes current protections.
Speaking before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, the bill’s sponsor spoke up for existing pet stores and the licensed and inspected breeders from which they are required to source under current law. Despite this, he’s still trying to ban new stores from operating under the same rules.
New Jersey is the land of “Liberty and Prosperity”. If S-63 passes, both will suffer. Consumers will be denied their existing freedoms and protections, and responsible, local store owners will be denied the opportunity to do business. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Take action before it’s too late—your voice must be heard!
S-63 has already been amended multiple times since it started as a pet sale ban that repealed current consumer protections. It still needs more work. Protect consumer choice and animal welfare. Ensure the benefits of pet ownership are available to New Jersey consumers through USDA regulated and inspected sources.
We need you to use the form below and ask the members of the New Jersey Senate to vote No on S-63 so it can be discussed and improved; in its current form, the bill is unacceptable.
We need New Jersey Senators to understand why they should vote NO on S-63 and support animal welfare and consumer freedoms. Contact your friends, family, coworkers, employees, and anyone you do business with, and get them to register their views through our Legislative Action Center in just a few clicks.
Remember to look for further Alerts and Issue Updates from PIJAC to stay informed on any upcoming developments and the time of the hearing for this potential pet sale ban in the state of New Jersey and for other action items on future issues.