Radical Anti-Breeder Bill Looms in New Jersey

Please oppose A1591

January, 2008

The authors who brought you New Jersey Assembly Bill 3401 last year have re-introduced an identical bill this session aimed at severely limiting dog and cat breeding. Assembly Bill 1591, sponsored by Assemblyman Neil Cohen and Assemblywoman Joan Voss, has been assigned to the Agriculture & Natural Resource Committee. While it has not yet been scheduled for a hearing as of January 2008, NAIA Trust will remain on alert and keep you apprised of any developments.

A1591 ranks as one of the most radical and repressive anti-dog, anti-breeder bills that has ever been presented in the United States. This bill creates mountains of red tape for the best dog breeders in the community and if passed would decrease the number of well-bred dogs and cats available to the public.

If passed, this bill would shift the breeding of dogs away from private homes where the best qualified and most dedicated breeders maintain small, humane breeding programs, to larger commercial breeders, most who live and operate out of state.

Dogs in New Jersey shelters and rescues have been declining for more than a decade. Some shelters and many rescue groups are filling their facilities with shelter dogs from out of state and street dogs from out of state and out of the United States.

The details of A1591 make it obvious that it intends to stop the breeding of dogs and cats in New Jersey. This bill is not pro animal, not even pro consumer; it is simply anti-breeder.

This bill would penalize persons buying cats or dogs from any breeder that does not have valid registration and is not on the list published annually by the Department of Health. The bill also requires pet dealers to make information on the cats and dogs available and to inform the public that it is available.

The bill introduces an HSUS re-written version of USDA facility regulations for commercial breeders, specifying temperatures in the animal facilities, air circulation rates, type of flooring and cage sizes.

The bill mandates that a dog or cat may NOT be bred more than once a year, a provision that HSUS included in the failed federal Puppy Protection Act. Federal lawmakers knew better and recognized the radical nature of this proposal.

All breeders will be required to follow the State developed veterinary program once established, which includes but shall not be limited to: provisions for vaccinations, internal and external parasite control, disease prevention and control, grooming, spaying, neutering and care of pregnant animals, first aid and emergency care protocols, housing considerations associated with illness and injury, and humane euthanasia methods.

One particularly troubling provision in this bill directs the Department of Health to consult with professional veterinarian associations, the Humane Society of the United States, the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other groups, associations and organizations involved in the proper care and treatment of animals, and to adopt rules and regulations establishing a standardized program of responsible veterinary care to be implemented by breeding facilities.

The Humane Society of the United States is a radical animal rights organization, not a mainstream animal welfare organization. Their views do not reflect the views of New Jersey citizens who elect lawmakers to represent them.  They oppose the breeding of purebred animals, as well as opposing biomedical research, and the use of animals for food, fiber, hunting and fishing, and entertainment.  Despite their name, they don't run shelters, and their multi-million (dollar) assets are used largely for more fund-raising and to promote their animal rights agenda. A bill requiring state departments and regulators to consult with the Humane Society of the United States is irresponsible and out of place.

The bill authorizes the Department of Health to deny or revoke the registration of any breeder who falsely attests to items in the registration document or who has been found guilty of cruelty to animals or in violation on any other laws concerning the proper breeding, care, housing, raising or treatment of animals in any state or jurisdiction.

The bill provides extensive civil administrative penalties and civil penalties for violations of the Act, with the heaviest penalities falling on breeders who violate the law.

Finally, individuals who provide information that leads to the collection of these penalties are eligible for a reward of 10% of the penalty collected or $250, whicher amount is greater.

Click here to view A1591.

Unless New Jersey lawmakers want to replace healthy, well-bred purebred dogs and pedigreed cats with poorly bred, unsocialized and unhealthy dogs from other states or countries, they should quickly defeat this A1591.

Hopefully the authors of this bill are simply unaware of the issues involved in promoting this misguided approach. If you wish to write to Assemblymember Cohen or Voss, please highlight a some of the major points above and ask them not to pursue this bill.

Co-Sponsor, Assemblyman Neil Cohen, District 20 (Union)


Co-sponsor, Assemblywoman Joan Voss, District 38 (Bergen)


Emphasize once again that this bill is not pro animal, not even pro consumer; it is simply anti-breeder.

Patti Strand, National Director
National Animal Interest Alliance
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Help defeat New Jersey Assembly Bill 1591 which proposes to effectively end hobby breeding in New Jersey and threatens the rights of responsible breeders.  AB 1591 denies citizens the ability to purchase a puppy or kitten from a responsible breeder in their own state.

AB1591 ranks as one of the most radical and repressive anti-dog, anti-breeder bills that has ever been presented in the United States.

Key points of AB 1591:

  • Defines a "pet dealer" as anyone who sells or offers for sale 5 animals per year, and requires them to follow federal regulations set forth by the AWA.  Defining yourself as a “dealer” puts you into a whole new category.

  • Requires breeders to comply with a host of restrictive regulations and institutes steep fines for violations. 

  • All breeders would be required to comply with draconian regulations including maintaining specified temperatures, keeping animals only on nonporous surfaces, and circulating air at precise levels.

  • The measure further mandates the acceptable dimensions for crates and runs, and sets minimum socialization standards.

  • All breeders are required to register annually with the Department of Health.  This list will be published and made available to the public.
  • Violations can be punished with monetary fines of $5,000 for a first offense or suspension of the license to sell pets.

  • A member of the public who supplies information that results in fines or suspension will be eligible for an award of 10 percent of the civil penalty or $250, whichever is greater.

ACT NOW!  NJ Residents should immediately contact the members of the NJ Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.  Urge them to oppose AB 1591.  Contact information and links to the bill can be found on the AKC's Website



Mandatory Spay/Neuter Reintroduced in New  Jersey
[Tuesday, January 29,  2008]
Senator Van Drew has introduced  Senate Bill 971, a bill  which
threatens the rights of responsible dog  owners in New  Jersey. This
bill is a reintroduction of 2006's AB 3542.   Fanciers, concerned dog
owners, and responsible breeders should  immediately  contact their
representatives in the New Jersey State  Legislature, and the  members
of the Senate Economic Growth  Committee who will first hear  this
bill, and express their  vehement opposition to this bill.

The  bill would require that  before a dog could be released from any
shelter or  pound it must  be sterilized, unless the owner can provide
documentation of  the  following:
that the dog "has been shown" within the last 12 months;   or
that the owner is a "professional licensed breeder registered   with
the American Kennel Club"; or
a licensed veterinarian has   determined that sterilization would be
detrimental to the dog's   health.
Sterilization is required for all dogs impounded, even if  it is  the
first time the dog has been detained.

The  majority of purebred  dogs never compete in AKC events and  would
not be eligible for this  exemption. Further, the American  Kennel Club
does not license breeders.  Therefore, this bill  creates conditions
that the vast majority of  responsible dog  owners cannot possibly

The American Kennel  Club  opposes the concept of breeding permits,
breeding bans, or the   mandatory spay/neuter of purebred dogs.
Instead, we support  reasonable and  enforceable laws that protect the
welfare and  health of purebred dogs and  do not restrict the rights  of
breeders and owners who take their  responsibilities  seriously.
Additionally, we strongly support and actively  promote  a wide range
of programs to educate the public about responsible   breeding
practices and the responsibilities of dog  ownership.

For a  copy of the bill, click here.

Contact the members  of the NJ Senate Economic Growth  Committee. Urge
them to oppose SB  971.

Senator Raymond  Lesniak - Chair
985 Stuyvesant Avenue
Union,  NJ  07083
To contact Senator Lesniak via e-mail, click here, then
click "Contact Your Legislator(s)", then click "Select  your

Senator Sandra Cunningham
1738  Kennedy  Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
To  contact Senator  Cunningham via e-mail, click here, then
click  "Contact Your Legislator(s)",  then click "Select  your

Senator Joseph Kyrillos,   Jr.
One Arin Park Building
Suite 303
1715 Highway  35
Middleton, NJ  07748
To contact Senator  Kyrillos via e-mail, click here,  then
click "Contact Your  Legislator(s)", then click "Select   your

Senator Steven Oroho
Post  Office Box  249
25 Route 23 South
Franklin, NJ  07416

227  Route 206
Bldg. 1
1st  Floor
Flanders, NJ  07836

Senator Teresa  Ruiz
To contact Senator Ruiz  via e-mail, click here, then click  "Contact
Your Legislator(s)", then click  "Select your  Representative(s)".

Contact your own state  Assemblyperson  and Senator. Express your
opposition to AB 1591, and urge  them to  do the same. To find out who
represents you in the New Jersey State   Assembly and State Senate, go
For more information,  please contact  the AKC Canine Legislation
Department at (919)  816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org or contact
the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs at taborgsp@verison.net

What you can do to keep in touch with what is happening in our state and the country regarding unfavorable animal legislation:

Check out the AKC website for Legislative Alerts and specifically BSL in NJ

Visit the National Animal Interest Alliance website, as well as National Animal Interest Trust where you can also find information on legislation in our state and guides to find your legislators.

We must all be vigilant in order to preserve our rights to own and be responsible for our pets.