On Monday, the New Jersey legislature will consider a bill that gives pet owners the right to sue for emotional pain and suffering. The bill was introduced by New Jersey Assemblyman Neil Cohen, D-Union.
Joyce Tischler, founding director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, said New Jersey would become one of the few states in the nation to allow such lawsuits.
She said Tennessee allows pet owners to sue for up to $5,000 in damages. New Jersey’s proposal includes no damage limit.
However, not everyone supports the bill, citing concerns over frivolous lawsuits:
Veterinarians have opposed similar proposals in other states, arguing that such laws would increase consumer costs and encourage frivolous lawsuits.
We’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts.
In related state law news, Illinois lawmakers have banned the slaughter of horses. Rendered horse meat is used in the making of pet food.
(Thanks mike and martin)