U.S. State Rankings for Animal Laws

New Jersey

2019 U.S. State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws

Overall Rank: #17 (Middle Tier)
  • + Care requirements (food, water, shelter, care, etc.) are well-defined
  • + Animal fighting is a state RICO predicate offense
  • - Veterinarians are not required to report suspected animal cruelty
  • - No provisions for pre-conviction restitution or forfeiture
  • - Prohibition on leaving animals in hot cars, but law enforcement do not have immunity to rescue

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