Advancing Animal Welfare through the Legislative Process in New Jersey
Brian Hackett, New Jersey State Director, The Humane Society of the United States
Tuesday, April 10th 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
St. Hubert’s Community Room, 575 Woodland Avenue, Madison, NJ
One of the key ways to help animals is to lobby for them in the halls of our nation’s state legislatures. On all levels of government—local, county, state, and federal—better laws to protect animals and advance their welfare are integral to preventing cruelty. Hear about what key laws NJ has passed and which ones are on the docket for consideration this year. An animal advocate who engages with their elected officials on all levels can help achieve extraordinary successes for animals, and give a voice to the voiceless in our legislative process.
As New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal protection organization in the country, Brian Hackett has worked to advance the organization’s animal protection priorities on the state level. Working on all levels of government—local, county, and in Trenton at the Capitol—Hackett has placed an emphasis on effective collaboration with many different stakeholders to advance policies better protecting animals. On the local level, he has played a leading role in advancing the most local anti-puppy mill measures of any state in the nation, with 116 NJ municipalities and 9 counties recognizing the problem puppy mills pose to consumers and animals. A key priority is protection of our nation’s millions of community cats, so Hackett has worked to advance support for humane management through Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) policies with our counties and municipalities