Human Society New Jersey State Director Elissa Frank made the following statement on the death of Assemblyman Ronald Dance:
“With the passing of Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-12), New Jersey has lost a dedicated champion for military veterans, tourism, and the humane treatment of animals. Throughout his twenty years of public service in the NJ Assembly, he was an effective champion of these and other concerns that compelled his attention.
“Assemblyman Dancer’s animal protection legacy is substantial. Among the many animal protection measures he sponsored and supported over the years, his biggest achievements include the passage of legislation that prohibits the slaughter of horses for human consumption, and legislation that establishes trunk fighting as an animal cruelty offense and crime of the third degree.
“Without question, Assemblyman Dancer’s commitment to his constituents and to the issues he cared about, the respect of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle, and his roots in the equine industry helped direct those bills to the Governor’s desk. He’ll be remembered for his compassion and goodwill toward animals and he’ll be sorely missed.”