Full Statute Name:  New Jersey Statutes Annotated. Title 4. Agriculture and Domestic Animals. Chapter 22. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Article 2. Prevention of Cruelty. B. Misdemeanors and Fines. 4:22-25.5. Prohibition upon slaughter of horses for human consumption; punishment

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Primary Citation:  N. J. S. A. 4:22-25.5 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  December, 2014 Alternate Citation:  NJ ST 4:22-25.5 Date Adopted:  2012
Summary:

This New Jersey law enacted in 2012 makes it a disorderly persons offense to knowingly slaughter a horse for human consumption. Additionally, it makes the knowing sale or barter of horseflesh for human consumption a disorderly persons offense. Violation incurs a fine of not less than $100 and a term of imprisonment of not less than 30 days.

Statute Text: 

a. Any person who knowingly slaughters a horse for human consumption commits a disorderly persons offense.

b. Any person who sells, barters, or offers for sale or barter, at wholesale or retail, for human consumption, the flesh of a horse or any product made in whole or in part from the flesh of a horse commits a disorderly persons offense, provided that the person knew or reasonably should have known that the flesh was from a horse, or that the product was made in whole or in part from the flesh of a horse.

c. Any person who knowingly transports a horse for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption, or who knowingly transports horsemeat, or any product made in whole or in part from the flesh of a horse, for the purpose of human consumption, commits a disorderly persons offense.

d. Notwithstanding the provisions of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes to the contrary, any person found guilty of violating this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 and a term of imprisonment of not less than 30 days.

e. Nothing in this section shall be construed to impose liability on a newspaper that inadvertently, unintentionally, or unknowingly accepts or publishes advertising that includes the offering for sale, trade, or distribution of any item in violation of any provision of this section. However, if a newspaper knowingly accepts or publishes advertising that includes the offering for sale, trade, or distribution any such item, the newspaper shall be in violation of the applicable provisions of this section.

CREDIT(S)

L.2012, c. 52, § 1, eff. Sept. 19, 2012.

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