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February 22, 2021 - Animal Legal Defense Fund

USA: Courtroom Animal Advocate Program Bill Passes New Jersey Senate

USA: Courtroom Animal Advocate Program Bill Passes New Jersey Senate
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TRENTON, NJ — A Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (CAAP) bill, S.2868/A.4533, which would allow law students and volunteer lawyers to advocate for animal victims in cruelty criminal cases, unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate. The bill is sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and endorsed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

“Animals are living, breathing creatures and these cases shouldn’t be treated lightly,” said Senator Scutari (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union). “Animal crime victims need an advocate in their corner, providing a voice for them in the courtroom.”

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