"We were very happy to see New Jersey-which has historically ranked fairly low for its animal protection laws-jump into the Top Tier this year, in part, by passing comprehensive legislation relating to dogfighting," ALDF attorney Lora Dunn told The Dodo. "Dogfighting is a highly organized and dangerous activity for humans and animals alike, and we commend New Jersey for passing additional measures to combat this heinous crime."
Even more encouragingly, the ALDF found that more than 75 percent of jurisdictions surveyed have significantly strengthened laws protecting animals over the past five years.
"The trends we see year to year are really widespread, and occur on a national scale," said Dunn, applauding increased protections in 2015 for pets of domestic violence victims and new laws prohibiting owners from leaving their unattended in cars.
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2015 U.S. Animal Protection Law Rankings