New Jersey ban wild animal

BREAKING NEWS: New Jersey is the first state in the nation to ban circuses, carnivals and fairs from featuring elephants, tigers and other exotic animals.

According to the North Jersey website Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday authorizing the statewide ban, similar versions of which had been adopted by Bergen and Passaic counties and Jersey City.

The ban is named “Nosey’s Law” after a 36-year-old elephant in a traveling circus that animal rights groups say was abused by its owner and is now living in an animal refuge. The bill bars the use of elephants and other wild or exotic animals in traveling animal acts, including carnivals, circuses, parades, petting zoos and similar events.

“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 prepared statement for the public.

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Third-generation elephant trainer Joey Frisco, 33, leads elephants Cindy and Jenny in the final act of the first show of the Kelly Miller Circus.(Photo: NorthJersey.Com/Amy Newman)

“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.”

The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Nilsa Cruz Perez and Assemblymen Raj Mukherji, Jamel Holley and Andrew Zwicker, is the latest in a national movement to protect wild animals.

Illinois and New York banned the use of elephants in travelling acts last year. And Hawaii is considering legislation to ban imports of wild animals, which would effectively eliminate wild animal acts in the state, said Rachel Mathews, the deputy director of captive animal law enforcement at the PETA Foundation in a statement for North Jersey website.