The New Jersey Senate's Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee cleared Senator Dawn Marie Addiego's bill (S-455) last Thursday, reports senatenj.com, and the bill will move on to the senate floor. The bill would require horse auctions to disclose identifying marks of the horses they intend to sell online for at least 72 hours before the sale. Identifying marks include microchip information, as well as tattoos or brands.
“Horse rescues and owners have decried the lack of resources to locate and get these horses back, most of which are sold and sent off to slaughter,” said Addiego. “Horses that are stolen, lost during times like a terrible storm or rented out by a trainer and not returned, often find their way to auctions or sales with the rightful owner never knowing of the horse's whereabouts.”
Should the bill be passed into law, violators would be subject to fines of $200 for the first offense and $500 for second and subsequent offenses.
Read more at senatenj.com.
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