Some of you have already heard the good news that A424 was "held" by
the committee, which meant that it did not have support to pass.
This doesn't mean this is over, but this is a real positive step.
You should all know that your calls and writing made a big impact. I
know that the phone mailboxes of some of the committee members were
full by Sunday, so, even though we had little time, we made an
I want to clear up a few issues surrounding this bill, as it was
written somewhat confusing, and it is important that we are correct
in our opposition.
The bill would make it so that anyone getting property through the
Green Acres Program would have to submit a deer management proposal.
It would not in itself mandate hunting, but it is still dangerous for
the following reason:
Anyone who is in the process of preserving land through Green Acres
will present their plan to the Division of Fish and Game. Lets say
they have deer on the property and want to use birth control or
another non-lethal method to control the population.
Fish and Game will look at it and tell them no. They will tell them
that the only method they accept is hunting, or if there is an
alternative it will still be lethal, such as "sniper" or "net and
bolt". Fish and Game will then pressure them until they agree to
some sort of killing.
There is no doubt this will happen. It has happened before and will
continue to do so until they are stopped.
There is also another reason for this. Fish and Game commissioned a
study a few years ago about why so many hunters were not hunting
anymore. The main reason why is that hunters complained that there
weren't new properties for them to hunt. Since then, Fish and Game
has focused on securing new hunting land for their customers. That
is why having Fish and Game in any authoritative position in regards
to Green Acres is extremely dangerous and unwise.
I read the following statement from Fish and Game at the hearing. It
is important because it exposes what they do and why they absolutely
cannot be trusted to manage our deer populations. For those of you
who aren't aware about the nature of Fish and Game, please visit my
web site: www.HonorAndNonViolence.com, and read some of the reports
"Habitat development and maintenance to benefit deer are conducted on
73 state owned Fish and Wildlife management areas totaling over
192,000 acres. Habitat management is encouraged on other public and
private lands. Limited burning, wood harvest and planting of various
agricultural crops favored by deer can increase the carrying capacity
by increasing the quality and quantity of food available." An
Assessment of Deer Hunting in New Jersey (pg.10)
In conclusion, I must note that this agriculture committee is by far
the most friendly and open that I have ever seen. Previous
committees in the Senate and Assembly have rarely listened to us, or
given any weight to what we had to say. This committee actually
asked us questions! And more importantly, they expressed a genuine
interest in the issues and in learning more about the situation.
If you have time, please let the chairman and members know that their
fairness is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your support!
Assembly Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee Members:
Assemblyman Robert Smith, Chair
110-f Greentree Road
Washington Twsp., NJ 08012
tel. (856) 232-6700
fax (856) 232-6844
Assemblyman Douglas Fisher
14 East Commerce St., 3rd floor
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
tel. (856) 455-1011
fax (856) 455-2853
Assemblyman Herb Conaway
Delran Professional Center
8008 Route 130-North, Suite 125
Delran, NJ 08075
tel. (856) 461-3997
fax (856) 461-3823
Assemblyman George Geist
32 North Black Horse Pk.,
Blackwood, NJ 08012
tel. (856) 227-1881
fax (856) 227-5240
Assemblyman Michael Doherty
127 Belvidere Ave., 2nd floor
Washington, NJ 07882
tel (908) 835-0552
fax (908) 835-8570
"Live in peace with the animals. Animals bring love to our hearts, and warmth to our souls."
"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." Immanuel Kant
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