UHP is lobbying for this bill to be passed in the state of New Jersey. What we need to do now is to get as many people as we can to call call the chair of The Assembly of Agriculture in the state of NJ: Eric Houghtaling (732) 695-3371. Please call and voice your support for bill A4298. This bill was introduced originally by Assemblyman Benson but needs to pass through this next part. In order to even get it on the agenda, we need as many calls as possible!!!! please call and then comment on the Unbridled page that you have, so we can keep a running tally!! We are hoping this bill can be heard as early as March!!! The parts we are particularly interested in are as follows:
The bill would amend the definition of “necessary care” to provide for “care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of an animal . . . including:
(2) open or adequate access to drinkable water of an appropriate temperature* in sufficient quantity and quality to satisfy the animal’s needs;
(3) access to adequate protection from the weather, including access to an enclosed non-hazardous structure sufficient to protect the animal from the weather that has adequate bedding to protect against cold and dampness, and adequate protection from extreme or excessive sunlight and from overexposure to the sun, heat and other weather conditions;
(4) veterinary care deemed necessary by a reasonably prudent person to prevent or relieve injury, neglect or disease, alleviate suffering, and maintain health; and
(5) reasonable access to a clean and adequate exercise area.