From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July-August 2013:
New Jersey activist Nina Austenberg, 76
Nina Austenberg, 76, died on May 25, 2013 at her home in Flanders, New Jersey.
“After many years serving United Methodist churches with her husband, the Reverend Kenneth Austenberg, Mrs. Austenberg became active in animal protection,” recalled the Bergen Daily Record. “She was involved with much of the significant animal welfare legislation of the last forty years, including New Jersey laws to ban the steel-jaw leghold trap, strengthen criminal penalties for dogfighting, and allow pets in some types of senior citizen housing. She considered her career highlight to be her work on the state’s groundbreaking Animal Population Control Fund spay/neuter program, and the ‘Animal Friendly’ license plate that helps to fund it.” Read more