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New Jersey Becomes First State to Ban the Use of Wild Circus Animals

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On December 14, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey signed “Nosey’s Law,” making it official that wild circus animals are no longer legally allowed to perform in New Jersey.

According to CNN, Brian R. Hackett, the New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, released a statement saying, “New Jersey is the first state to protect wild animals from the abuses inherent in traveling shows.” He continues, “For too long, wild animals used in circuses have endured cruel training, constant confinement, and deprivation of all that is natural to them. We are grateful that Governor Murphy is signing Nosey's Law to close the curtain on this type of cruelty in our state.”

Governor Murphy believes that this is a giant step forward for New Jersey and is proud that his state is taking a stand against the animal cruelty that circus animals endure.

CNN reports that in a statement, Governor Murphy says, “These animals belong in their natural habitats or in wildlife sanctuaries, not in performances where their safety and the safety of others is at risk.”

Nosey’s Law is actually named after a 36-year-old African elephant and circus animal that not only suffered from arthritis but also cruel and inhumane treatment while traveling with a circus. The hope for this law is that no more wild animals will be subjected to the cruel life of a traveling circus animal performer.

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