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  • Pat Scala
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 5, 2004
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      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
      this.

      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
      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/greenw.asp> Greenwald, Louis D. -
      Chair
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      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/payne.asp> Payne, William D. -
      Vice-Chair
      <mailto:AsmPayne@...> AsmPayne@...

      Blee, Francis J.
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      org




      Cryan, Joseph
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      Greenstein, Linda R.


      <mailto:AswGreenstein@...> AswGreenstein@njleg.
      <mailto:AswGreenstein@...> org


      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/malone.asp> Malone, Joseph R.

      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/malone.asp>
      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/malone.asp> DISTRICT OFFICE
      ADDRESS:
      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/malone.asp> 311 Farnsworth Ave.
      Bordentown, NJ 08505

      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/malone.asp>
      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/malone.asp> PHONE NUMBER:
      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/malone.asp> (609) 298-6250
      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/malone.asp>
      McHose, Alison Littell
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      O'Toole, Kevin J.
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      Quigley, Joan M.
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      Vas, Joseph
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      <http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/watson.asp> Watson Coleman,
      Bonnie
      <mailto:AswWatsonColeman@...> AswWatsonColeman@njleg.
      <mailto:AswWatsonColeman@...> org


      If have the time and/or the desire, please pass this on to others on
      your list.

      Thanks!



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