New Jersey Voters: Support Dogfighting Legislation! S539Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on September 14th, 2010
New Jersey is considering S539,
a state law that would strengthen the penalties associated with the
crime of dogfighting and enable prosecutors to charge dogfighting
ringleaders under New Jersey’s RICO (“Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations”) statute. While dogfighting is already illegal in 50 states and
under federal law, the ability to bring a state RICO case would provide
specific advantages to New Jersey prosecutors who are overseeing
dogfighting investigations. ALDF strongly supports this legislative tool,
and encourages New Jersey voters to contact their legislators and let
them know that as voting constituents they are concerned about the issue
of dogfighting and want to see S539 considered in earnest.
New Jersey residents are encouraged to contact Senator Nicholas Scutari, who currently chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, to request that he recognize the importance of S539 and make it a priority. Senators Thomas Kean Jr. and Jeff Van Drew are the bill’s main sponsors and are to be commended for their efforts to bring dogfighters to justice in New Jersey.
Send an email to Senator Scutari by completing ALDF's online form. Hand-written letters may be sent to:
The Honorable Nicholas P. Scutari
1514 E. Saint Georges Ave.
Linden, NJ 07036