Apparently, George Howard, Fish & Wildlife Council member, spoke at an
Assembly Budget Committee hearing on ;March 17, 2004, and asked for
$90,000 for Hunters Helping the Hungry. Richard Merkt sponsored A102
that appropriates $90,000 of taxpayer money to the Division of Fish &
Wildlife for Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Eric Munoz is the
Co-Sponsor. A102 was introduced on 1/13/04 and was referred to the
Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. It will do no
good to contact Merkt. He sponsors this every year in his effort to
kill more deer in NJ.
If anyone has time, please write an e-mail to the members of the Budget
Committee and ask them not to approve this request. I'm not even sure
if they are the ones who approve it!!! But, it is worth a try.
The HUNGRY are NOT BEING helped by this program!!! Only the hunters are
being helped. Taxpayer money is being wasted!!!
The people on the Assembly Budget Committee should be made aware of
I have spoken in depth to directors of food services that cater to the
hungry. The consensus of opinion was that the money spent to pay for
the butchering of the deer would be better spent and more appreciated if
used for items that could be enjoyed by all the recipients. Deer meat
is tough and difficult to prepare properly. Poor or not, most people do
not choose to eat venison. And, there certainly isn't anything noble
about stripping people of their dignity and forcing them to eat
something they don't like.
I spoke to people in charge of four different Morris County, NJ,
programs that feed the hungry and was told by all of the people that
they don't even want deer meat. They would rather have the money to buy
canned goods, cheese, eggs, juice and meat that the hungry will eat.
I even spoke to a butcher who said that he could take money to a
wholesaler and purchase an incredible amount of food for the poor. He
said that people are not doing their arithmetic. He said that most
people don't like venison and that at least 50% of weight of the deer
isn't even edible.
The Morris County (NJ) Park Commission supposedly donated 2,647 pounds
of meat to the "poor" one year. With that hunt costing more than
$60,000, that's expensive meat that few people eat! If you check, you
will discover that the deer meat wasn't even dispersed in Morris County.
No one wanted it, so it was offered to other counties in NJ. (And no
one could even prove that any was ever requested or consumed.)
Assembly Budget Committee
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If have the time and/or the desire, please pass this on to others on
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