Some very good newz is coming from the NJ State Legislature. There’s an important bill working its way through the NJ legislative process that will require pet shops and pet dealers in NJ to provide information to persons purchasing cats or dogs. It also defines the penalties if the pet sellers do not comply.
This bill is about disclosure – about both the source and the health of cats and dogs that are sold by shops and dealers. It establishes additional requirements to those under the “Pet Purchase Protection Act” and we believe this is a huge step in the right direction to educate the public. Folks looking to add a pet to their family will be better able to make informed choices about where to get that pet. Here are some of the highlights of this bill:
- Within five days of sale, each animal must be examined by a NJ licensed vet. The vet’s name and address, any findings and treatment must be on the animal’s health certificate. Each animal must be re-examined every 14 days.
- Shops/dealers must provide a complete and accurate description of the animal, including date and place of birth or veterinarian’s estimate of age.
- Shops/dealers must provide complete and accurate breeder information, including license information (if licensed.) This information must also be conspicuously displayed in any advertising in print or on the internet.
- Shops/dealers must provide complete and accurate pet shop/dealer information.
The complete text of NJ A3306 is available on line.
Bill S1870 was introduced in the NJ Senate on March 27, 2014 with bi-partisan sponsorship. It passed, 39-0-1 on June 23, 2014 and was moved to the NJ Assembly as Bill A3306, where it was referred to the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Nothing happened over the summer months and it still had not been put on the committee’s agenda as of the September meeting (which was cancelled.).
What You Can Do
Let the NJ legislators know how you feel about this bill. Encourage them to get it on the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee agenda. Tell them how important it is to move this piece of legislation along quickly!
You can find links to each of the members of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee here.
A listing of all your NJ representatives (NJ Senate and NJ General Assembly) can be found here.
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