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New Jersey Law Would Give Pet Owners Right to Sue

New Jersey pet owners may soon be able to sue for emotional pain and suffering if an animal gets sick or dies from eating contaminated pet food.     An Assembly panel is scheduled to consider the measure today. Assemblyman Neil Cohen, a Union County Democrat sponsoring the bill, says it would change the legal standard that generally regards pets as property. He wrote the measure following March’s nationwide pet food recall.
Joyce Tischler, founding director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, says that if it’s approved, New Jersey would be one of the few states to allow such lawsuits. She says Tennessee allows pet owners to sue for up to five-thousand dollars in damages. But New Jersey’s proposal includes no damage limit.