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Action Alert

New Jersey: Ask Your Legislators to Enact a Law Mandating Reporting Suspected Abuse

This action is for New Jersey residents only.

Communication between government agencies is critical to helping ensure multiple forms of abuse — including animal abuse — is exposed and addressed. By mandating cross-reporting between groups like veterinary clinics and child protection agencies, we can help protect our most vulnerable populations.

Cross-reporting is a multi-disciplinary approach to reporting suspected abuse. Laws ensuring that agencies responsible for investigating various forms of abuse regularly communicate with one another, and report suspected abuse to the proper authorities, are crucial to protecting both humans and animals.

There is a strong link between animal cruelty and violence against humans — particularly child abuse and elder abuse. Effective cross-reporting policies and procedures can facilitate intervention by the proper authorities, benefiting both animals and humans, and clarify when and how to report suspected animal cruelty.

New Jersey bill A.4880/S.3168, sponsored by Assembly Members Benson, Dancer, Giblin, Verrelli, and Senator Gopal, would mandate veterinary and inter-agency reporting of suspected abuse.

Please email your state legislators urging them to support and co-sponsor this important bill.