Updates about legal issues facing animals in the state
The Animal Legal Defense Fund works at the federal, state and local levels to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals.
Animal Protection Laws Ranking
Each year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund publishes its U.S. State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report. Each state is ranked based on 20 different categories of animal protection.
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 does not have immunity to rescue
Animal Protection Laws of New Jersey
The Animal Protection Laws of New Jersey compendium contains the general animal protection and related statutes for New Jersey with an effective date on or before September 1, 2022.
An Act Concerning the Feeding of Black Bear (New Jersey)
Funds to Care for Animal Cruelty Victims (New Jersey)
Gestation and Veal Crate Ban (New Jersey)
Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (New Jersey)
Banning Killing Contests (New Jersey)
Take action now to help animals in your state.
New Jersey: Bears Need Protection
New Jersey: Allow Animal Shelters to File for Costs of Care for Animal Cruelty Victims
New Jersey: Ask Your Legislators to Protect Animal Cruelty Victims!
New Jersey: End the Cruel Confinement of Mother Pigs and Calves Used for Veal
New Jersey: Urge Your Legislators to Ban Cruel Killing Contests
Stop Ag-Gag Laws
No More Puppy Mills
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Prohibiting Circuses and Traveling Shows that Exploit Animals
Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans
Prohibiting the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals (New Jersey)
Animal Legal Defense Fund 2022 State Animal Protection Laws Ranking Report
See the best and worst states for animal protection laws