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New Jersey Considers Giving Pets the Right to an Attorney

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In New Jersey, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union, has introduced legislation that would allow cats and dogs that have been victims of animal abuse to be represented in court so their abusers can face appropriate punishment, according to New Jersey 101.5.

The proposed bill explains that representation for the animals would be provided by attorneys or law students on a volunteer basis, giving the pet a legal advocate in court.

“For many people the family pet is another family member, and when a pet is abused, that pet should have justice,” Quijano, sponsor of the bill tells the outlet.

According to Quijano, many animal cruelty cases in the US end without trial or a conviction. “These pets are facing unthinkable abuse and they need to have an advocate in their corner,” she says.

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