Trenton, N.J. Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) joined with fellow legislators today to take a strong stand against animal abuse as his co-sponsored bill (A3231) targets the appalling practice of dog “trunk fighting” which has seen a rise in the past few years:

“It is hard to fathom the magnitude of cruelty resulting from the barbaric practice of trunk fighting. I am proud to have cosponsored this bill, which passed the Assembly unanimously,” Scharfenberger stated. “This bill provides severe penalties for anyone engaging in the horrific practice of locking two animals in a trunk to fight to the death.”

The terrible practice involves placing dogs within a locked trunk and gambling on which animal survives. This became national news when individuals in Florida were arrested for holding these events. The New Jersey bill would mandate this as a Third Degree Crime carrying a 3-5 year jail sentence and increase fines on those responsible. Furthermore, it would make it a Third Degree Crime to subject minors to these incidents:

“No animal should be subjected to such inhumane, brutal treatment,” said Scharfenberger. “Those who would seek to do this and, even worse, subject minors to dog fights need to face severe penalties. This will go a long way to doing just that and hopefully deter anyone from ever doing this in the future.”