New Jersey may soon ban the slaughter of pregnant animals, reports the North Jersey Media Group.
Currently, there are no federal or state laws that prohibit the slaughter of pregnant animals.
A mother cow named Brianna has inspired lawmakers to make a change. Brianna, pregnant, kicked open a door and jumped from the second level of a cattle trailer heading towards a slaughterhouse in Paterson.
Having escaped death, Brianna traveled New Jersey’s Route 80 for some time before being surrounded by police on Route 19. Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in Wantage took the animal. A few days later, she gave birth to a calf named Winter.
The gripping story called into question the ethics and lack of protection of pregnant animals.
Assembly member Benjie Wimberly D-Passaic recently introduced a bill that would make it illegal to kill or transport pregnant cattle for slaughter.
Under state animal cruelty laws, these would be fourth degree felonies punishable by a fine of $ 3,000 to $ 10,000 for each conviction and up to 18 months in jail. The bill also provides for a civil fine of $ 3,000 to $ 5,000 for each pregnant cow slaughtered.
“It is the right thing to do to protect our animals and our unborn animals” said Wimberly.
John DeCando, Paterson’s animal control officer, believes Brianna was there to save her baby. âWhen this cow jumped 3 meters, she destroyed the door. This cow knew where she was going and knew how to protect herself and her baby, without a doubt in my mind â, he commented.
DeCando has written to lawmakers asking for sponsorship of a bill that would ban the slaughter of pregnant animals. “I’m really ecstatic about it” DeCando spoke about the evolution towards animal welfare. âI’m at a loss for words. “
In November, New Jersey took another step towards improving animal rights. The state has banned all traveling shows and circuses that depend on wild animals – like elephants, camels, crocodiles, big cats, and bears – for entertainment.
State Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is the only vegan in the history of United States Senators. He often talks about the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a cruelty-free plant-based diet.
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