TRENTON – The Senate Budget Committee released bill S3061 which would create a tiger registration system run by the Department of Environmental Protection to make sure they are not traded illegally.
The bill would enable the DEP to identify and account for all tigers in the state, whether living or deceased. Among these measures would be a requirement that tiger owners register their tigers with the department by applying for and obtaining a separate certificate of registration for each tiger.
Upon receipt of the certificate, an owner would be required to implant subcutaneously in the tiger a microchip containing information concerning the owner and the tiger. In addition, owners would be subject to certain reporting requirements if the tiger is permanently relocated or transferred to another owner, or when the tiger dies.
Among the bill’s requirements are:
1) the requirement of digital photographs, which a person applying to register a tiger must provide, shall show the tiger’s face:
2) allowing the department to impose a fee upon the person or entity possessing a tiger:
3) lengthen from 10 to 30 days the period of time allowed for a microchip to be implanted in the tiger;
4) require the person or entity possessing a tiger to bear the costs of purchasing and implanting the subcutaneous microchip in the tiger, and allow the department to designate a manufacturer or manufacturers from which the microchip shall be provided.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Raymond Lesniak, (D-20), Elizabeth, said there are only 3,500 tigers left in the wild.
In New Jersey, Lesniak said there are 24 “that we know of.”