For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2016
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews in response to the New Jersey Senate’s 32–5 vote in favor of “Nosey’s Law,” which would prohibit the use of elephants in traveling animal acts in the state:
This overwhelming majority vote in favor of elephant protection is a sign of our times. Today’s public doesn’t want to see elephants chained, beaten, and forced to perform tricks in traveling circuses. Thanks to Sen. Lesniak’s wonderful bill, PETA and compassionate people everywhere can look forward to a kinder future for elephants in the Garden State.
Nosey’s Law is named in honor of Nosey, an apparently arthritic and suffering elephant. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—has repeatedly called for her to be sent to an accredited sanctuary. More information about Nosey is available at PETA.org.