TRENTON, NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's governor has signed ''Nosey's Law', a bill prohibiting the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling animal acts.
According to a statement released by the State of New Jersey, the law was a success in both houses of the legislature passing 71-3 in the Assembly, and 36-0 in the Senate.
The bill had previously passed but was pocket-vetoed by ex-Governor Chris Christie, forcing the new administration under Phil Murphy to re-introduce and approve it.
The law bans wild and exotic animals from being exhibited in carnivals, circuses, fairs, exhibitions, parades, races, rides or any animal show in which wild animals are forced to perform for the entertainment of a live audience.
Governor Murphy celebrated the passing of the bill. In a statement, he said, "I am proud to sign 'Nosey's Law' and ensure that New Jersey will not allow wild and exotic animals to be exploited and cruelly treated within our state."
The law is named after Nosey, a 36-year-old arthritic African elephant that suffered abuse and exploitation while working in a traveling circus.
According to PETA, Nosey suffered extreme abuse under her handlers. When she was rescued, Nosey was found with infections in her urinary tract and skin, as well as signs of dehydration and malnutrition. Nosey is now safely enjoying life and taking naps under the sun at an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee.
According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, New York and Illinois banned the use of elephants in entertainment acts in 2017. However, these laws do not cover wild and exotic animals.
According to PETA, there are 19 countries worldwide that have banned the use of wild animals in circuses. These nations include Austria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Greece, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Singapore.