NJ: Say “No” to Law Allowing Immediate Euthanization of Shelter Animals
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The Governor of NJ
Chris Christie

NJ: Say “No” to Law Allowing Immediate Euthanization of Shelter Animals

    1. Hand 4Paws
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      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, NM

August 2011


This summer, an animal impoundment bill proposed by New Jersey Senator Jeff Van Drew, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assemblyman John Burzichelli sat on Governor Chris Christie's desk, awaiting his signature. The bill, S2923, would remove the 7-day hold provision on animals arriving at New Jersey shelters, which would allow for the immediate euthanization of an animal based on its age, health or behavior. 

Once Hand4Paws, an online network of animal lovers, learned of this proposed bill, they started a petition on Change.org demanding that Governor Christie conditionally veto S2923. Believing that all animals should be given the chance for adoption or rescue, the petition asked that the language to remove the 7-day hold be striken from the bill. 

Less than a week later, and after more than 2,200 supporters rallied together and signed the petition on Change.org, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed the bill. Under a conditional veto, the Governor objects to parts of a bill and proposes amendments that would make it acceptable. Working with the bill's original authors, Governor Christie modified the bill, removing the language allowing for an animal to be killed before the end of the 7-day holding period.

Sometimes, animals which arrive at kill shelters have been abused and may be injured. Sometimes they bark or jump too much, so may be considered aggressive. And sometimes they are brought to the shelter after living a long life with a family, but for whatever reason, the family can no longer keep the senior dog or cat. A bill currently awaiting NJ Governor Chris Christie’s signature would allow the immediate euthanization of any animals which are surrendered by owner, as well as those brought to the shelter without tags that are injured, appear as aggressive, are too young  - or too old.

Is this right? Should a dog be immediately put down because he is injured due to neglect by his former owner, or a cat because she is 10 years old?

And what about pets that have broken free from their yard – shouldn’t there be a hold time so that owners can get them back?

Whether a shelter animal has a sore paw or is a senior, that is no reason for them to be immediately put down.

Please let Governor Christie know that these animals should be given a chance to get adopted or rescued so they can live a full and happy life.

The Bill nos. are S2923 and A4096. See changes to Bill A4096 as discussed above under Section 16 of P.L.1941: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A4500/4096_I1.PDF

For more information: NJ.com http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/bill_to_accelerate_euthanizati.html

Photo courtesy of Andrew Miller/For The Times

This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.

Recent signatures


    1. State Senate approves Gov Christie's changes to euthanasia bill

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Governor Christie just conditionally vetoed S2923!

      The language in the bill allowing for an animal to be killed before the end of the 7-day holding period due to age, health or behavior HAS BEEN STRICKEN FROM THE BILL!

    2. Election politics save NJ's lost pets from quick-kill bill

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

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    3. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • nellie korecki HOWELL, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      I think its disgraceful that this law is even being considered

    • veronica argentina PHILA., PA
      • about 3 years ago

      we all deserve to have a good life

    • Carol Wenom COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      We've had many wonderful pets that we've adopted over the years from rescue shelters. They're lovable animals who needed a new home not because there was anything wrong with them but rather because they were no longer able to stay with their previous owner. Additionally we had a wonderful member of our "family" who as he started to get older began to wander. Although we did our best to contain him, because we live on quite a bit of acerage periodically he got lost and once ended up being taken to our area animal shelter. We were very fortunate that we found him there and brought him home. The shelter took wonderful care of him while he was there and we were grateful to have him home for his remaining last few months.

    • Zrinka Žderić Savatović ZAGREB, CROATIA
      • about 3 years ago

      This is completely cruel and barbaric

      • about 3 years ago

      I implore you to do the ethical, moral thing and not sign this cruel bill. Life - all life in this world - should be respected. Please give these dogs a second chance Governor Christie.


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