Protect Innocent Animals From Convicted Abusers

Target: Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey

Goal: Prohibit convicted animal abusers from owning or working with animals.

Several years ago, a dog trainer allegedly stole his neighbors’ dog in order to sell the animal. Tragically, this canine, named Moose, lost his life after he was left in a hot car. Ever since this horrific incident, lawmakers in New Jersey have struggled to pass a new law in honor of Moose. Now, after nearly a decade, decisive action is finally within reach.

Moose’s Law originally gave employers at facilities involving animals greater authority to run background checks for animal cruelty. The proposed law has since expanded to bar anyone with a criminal conviction for cruelty from either working or volunteering at these facilities. In addition, the law would ban ownership of any domestic animals for convicted individuals. As numerous petitions on this site have highlighted, the ability of animal abusers to continue accessing more possible future victims is widespread and deeply disturbing.

This important bill has finally made it through the state Senate. Sign the petition below to urge New Jersey’s governor to make Moose’s Law official at last.


Dear Governor Murphy,

Moose’s Law has done the impossible and united lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. When this bill targeted toward enhanced animal protections made it through the Senate, it did so with a unanimous vote. After years of gridlock and stalling, the legislature was finally able to come together and safeguard at-risk animals.

This legislation will prevent known and convicted animal cruelty offenders from getting near more vulnerable living beings in either a personal or work capacity. Please lend your signature and affirm that in New Jersey, animal welfare does matter.


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