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AN ACT concerning cruel confinement 1 of gestating sows, and amending and supplementing Title 4 of the Revised Statutes.

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Citation: 2013 S 1921

Date Introduced: 03/05/2013

Date of Last Action: 05/13/2013 (passed both houses)

Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 06/2013

Summary:   This New Jersey bill establishes an animal cruelty offense of confining a gestating sow. Specifically, if an owner or operator of a farm personally, directly, or indirectly through directions or instructions given to a contractor, consultant, or employee of the owner or operator of the farm crates, confines, or tethers a gestating sow, which prevents the animal from being able to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, or fully extend its legs, then the owner or operator is guilty of the offense of cruel confinement of a gestating sow. Cruel confinement of a gestating sow is a disorderly person offense that is punishable by up to 6 months imprisonment, or $250 to $1,000 in fines, or both. However, the bill clarifies that contractors, consultants, or employees of the owner or operator of the farm shall not be guilty of an offense if they are acting under instructions or directions of the owner or operator of the farm. Furthermore, each gestating sow subject to cruel confinement is a separate offense. The bill also provides exceptions to the rule and states that claiming a gestating sow is domestic livestock is not an affirmative defense, neither is the claim that the treatment was in accordance with customary animal husbandry practices.

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2013 S 1921

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