Target: New Jersey State Senate
Goal: Urge the Senate to pass Moose’s Law, which would prevent convicted animal abusers from working with animals
Preventing people who abuse animals away from animals should be common sense. Moose’s Law, currently waiting to be passed by the New Jersey Senate, would make that common sense a law by preventing convicted animal abusers from working with our beloved non-human friends ever again. Help make the law a reality by voicing your support for Moose’s Law and keep animals out of the hands of those who harm them.
Moose’s Law is named after a three-year-old Chocolate Lab who escaped from his family last May. Despite searching for him for over a month, Moose’s family was not able to find him. That’s because Moose had been picked up by Jacquelin Lockard, a “novice rescuer and trainer,” who had agreed to sell the dog to a family in Pennsylvania after training, even though she knew Moose’s family was looking for him. In July of last year, Lockard returned the deceased Moose to his family, telling them that she had found the body while she was out jogging. After the SPCA investigated the case, they determined that his body showed little signs of recent activity and that he had most likely died while being left crated in a car on a hot day. Lockard’s lies ultimately resulted in her pleading guilty to theft and two cases of animal cruelty. Under current New Jersey law, there is nothing to prevent Lockard from continuing to brand herself as a rescuer and trainer and continuing to work with animals. Moose’s Law would prevent convicted animal abusers from working with animals again, as well as providing veterinarians, pet stores and other animal-related businesses with the tools they need to screen potential employees for a history of animal abuse. The law would also create a public database of convicted animal abusers.
The good news is Moose’s Law passed the New Jersey General Assembly with overwhelming support, thanks to the hard work and sponsorship of Assemblymen Troy Singleton, Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. and John Burzichelli. Though Moose’s Law doesn’t prevent abuse from happening, it does prevent those who have proven that they are not capable of caring for an animal properly from ever working with one again. Creating a public database of offenders would turn all animal lovers into enforcers, making it our responsibility to make sure that animals that are being bought and sold are coming from legitimate sources. Moose’s Law is a crucial step in protecting the welfare and rights of animals everywhere and other states should join New Jersey in making it illegal for convicted abusers to work with animals again and empowering defenders of animal welfare.
Dear Members of the New Jersey Senate,
Last May, the heartbreaking story of Moose, the Chocolate Lab, began when he escaped from his family’s home. Two months later, the family’s beloved pet was returned to them dead, the victim of being trapped in a hot car. The person responsible lied to Moose’s family and told him that she had found him while she was jogging. In reality, she had found Moose weeks earlier and agreed to sell him to another family after she trained him. Thanks to the SPCA, her lies were exposed and she has been convicted of theft and animal cruelty.
The individual responsible for Moose’s death advertised herself as a novice rescuer and trainer. Should she ever be handle or work with animals ever again? Unfortunately, under current New Jersey law, there is nothing preventing her from continuing to brand herself as someone concerned with animal welfare. Moose’s Law would make it illegal for convicted animal abusers to work with animals again. Simultaneously, it would empower zoos, pet stores and other animal-related businesses by giving them the tools and authorization to screen potential employees for a record of animal abuse. Finally, it would create a public database of animal abusers. Using little resources, Moose’s Law could prevent the further abuse of animals by giving animal lovers the tools they need to keep our beloved friends out of the hands of convicted abusers. As we grow closer to the anniversary of Moose’s death, we ask that you honor his memory by passing Moose’s Law. It would be a victory for animals and humans across the state of New Jersey and beyond.
[Your Name Here]
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