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      New Jersey Bans Wild Animals From Being Used In Circuses

      Wild animals won’t be performing at circuses in New Jersey anymore (Emmanuel Dundand/Getty Images via CNN)

      × New Jersey bans wild animals from being used in circuses

      Wild animals won’t be performing at circuses in New Jersey anymore (Emmanuel Dundand/Getty Images via CNN)

      Wild animals won’t be performing at circuses in New Jersey anymore.

      Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Friday making it illegal to use wild and exotic animals in traveling acts. “Nosey’s Law” is named after a 36-year-old African elephant with arthritis that suffered abuse while traveling the country with a circus, the governor’s office said in a press release.

      “New Jersey is the first state to protect wild animals from the abuses inherent in traveling shows,” said Brian R. Hackett, the New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, in a statement. “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.”

      Murphy said he was proud New Jersey won’t allow “animals to be exploited and cruelly treated within our state.”

      “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,” Murphy said in a statement.

      Illinois and New York have laws banning the use of elephants in traveling or entertainment acts.

       

      New Jersey Becomes First State To Ban Use Of Wild, Exotic Animals In Circuses

      a person standing in front of an elephant: New Jersey becomes first state to ban use of wild, exotic animals in circuses © Getty Images New Jersey becomes first state to ban use of wild, exotic animals in circuses New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed legislation Friday that made his state the first in the nation to ban the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts.

      The legislation, also known as “Nosey’s Law,” is named after a 36-year-old African elephant with arthritis that was forced to travel across the country, including New Jersey, for traveling circus acts while also suffering abuse, the governor’s office said in a press release.

      “I am proud to sign ‘Nosey’s Law’ and ensure that New Jersey will not allow wild and exotic animals to be exploited and cruelly treated within our state,” Murphy said in a statement.

      “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,” he continued.

      Brian R. Hackett, the New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, celebrated the news.

      “New Jersey is the first state to protect wild animals from the abuses inherent in traveling shows,” Hackett said in a statement included in the office’s release.

      “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,” he added.

      Illinois and New York also have laws that ban the use of elephants in traveling or entertainment acts, but “Nosey’s Law” makes New Jersey the first state to outlaw the use of all wild and exotic animals in traveling acts.

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