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Your voice will give dogfighting victims a second chance.

Good news! Legislation to remove New Jersey’s outdated law that law requires puppies and dogs seized from convicted dogfighters to be classified as “vicious” or “potentially dangerous” has passed unanimously through the state Senate. Your voice is needed today to urge assembly speaker Coughlin to post Senate Bill 1923 for a vote.

New Jersey is one of just nine states still with an outdated law on the books that stigmatizes victims of dogfighting. Senate Bill 1923 will remove this stigma and allow each dog to be evaluated as an individual. Laws that create sweeping presumptions about dogs (based only on their past abuse) do nothing to promote public safety. Every dog deserves a chance at a good home. It’s time for New Jersey to update its law so that it’s consistent with the vast majority of the nation, and so that it promotes safe and humane communities throughout our state.

Take action today by urging assembly speaker Coughlin to post Senate Bill 1923 for a vote, and asking the members of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to vote yes on this lifesaving bill.

Thank you for speaking up. Together, we are ending discrimination against dogfighting victims to Save Them All.

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Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of New Jersey, I urge you to support S1923, which has passed the Senate unanimously and is now awaiting a hearing before the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. New Jersey is one of just nine states still with an outdated law on the books that stigmatizes victims seized from dogfighting rings. S1923 would remove this label and ensure that the focus is on individual dogs and safe, humane communities. Every dog and puppy deserves a chance at finding a good home.



In the past six years, the states of California, Wisconsin, Delaware, Rhode Island, Florida and (just a few months ago) Massachusetts have deleted similar provisions with strong bipartisan support and without opposition. It's time for New Jersey to do the same. Please support S1923 by moving it through the assembly.

Sincerely,