New Jersey Voters: Support Dogfighting Legislation! S539

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on September 14, 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.

Take Action!
New Jersey residents are encouraged to contact Senator Nicholas
, who currently chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, to request
that he recognize the importance of S539 and make it a priority.
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

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.
2nd Floor
Linden, NJ 07036
Fax: 908-587-9312

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