New Jersey: Make it a Crime to Commit Animal Cruelty in Front of Kids
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New Jersey: Make it a Crime to Commit Animal Cruelty in Front of Kids

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

Several studies have shown the link (pdf) between violence toward animals and violence toward people, especially when children are involved, yet few laws recognize the connection.

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a groundbreaking law that would make it illegal to commit animal cruelty in the presence of a child. The bill on the table (A3555/S1161) would make it a crime to abuse or abandon an animal or engage in dogfighting or other animal fighting-related activities in front of anyone under 18 — whether the perpetrator knew they were underage or not. So, whatever crime was committed against animals, the charges would be enhanced if a minor was around.

This law could set a precedent for protecting both children and animals and could help break the cycle of abuse. Urge New Jersey lawmakers to support this legislation.

Photo credit: Leszek.Leszczynski

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. New Jersey Considers Punishing Adults for Exposing Kids to Cruelty

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The American Humane Association, along with several other humane organizations, has been trying to educate people about the link (pdf) between violence toward animals and violence toward people for years. Children are not only vulnerable as victims...


    Reasons for signing

    • Janet Chase SEDONA, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      Or anytime...animals should never be abused for any reason anytime or anywhere!


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