Chapter 173, Laws of 1977 Approved: 8-14-77 STATE OF NEW JERSEY Introduced December 13, 1976 By Senators GARRAMONE, FELDMAN, DODD, DUMONT, GREENBERG, RUSSO, SKEVIN, SCARDINO, MERLINO, HAGEDORN, WALLWORK, BUEHLER, IMPERIALE, AMMOND, ORECHIO, LIPMAN, MARTINDELL, ERRICHETTI, DUNN, ZANE, DAVENPORT, VREELAND, DWYER and HIRKALA Referred to Committee on State Government, Federal and Interstate Relations and Veterans Affairs An Act designating the horse as the New Jersey State Animal. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey: 1. The horse (Equus Caballus) is designated as the New Jersey State Animal. 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
STATEMENT The horse is a large stately herbivorous animal. Horses have been useful to man since prehistoric times. The founding fathers of this State thought so highly of the horse that they included it in the State seal. The horse industry makes a contribution to the preservation of green acres at a time when great demands are being made for the use of our land. There are 4,654 horse farms in New Jersey, of which 888 raise racing horses. There are now more than 38,000 horses in the State, compared to 18,000 in 1961. The horse is truly deserving of the title -- New Jersey State Animal.