Once again, we hear about the dedicated spirit and heroic sacrifices of animal lovers in our state of New Jersey. Ali Kazemian has gone to prison for his principles, a rare occurance nowadays i must say. It's not easy to find a stand-up-and-be-counted guy like Ali Kazemian. In my opinion, he has earned our respect and support. I have not met him personally although we belong to the same group, NJARA. I do hope that one day I will have the pleasure and honor of meeting this man. I think in the short run those who oppose him will have a say in this world, several moments of importance, but in the long run it will be Ali Kazemian who will be remembered and cherished. A true friend of New Jersey bears. Here is a recent report from NJARA:
HISTORY: In July of 2007, bear activist, Ali Kazemian was arrested on public property for pouring urine in the street to stop bears from coming into a neighborhood where a bear trap was set on a homeowner's property. This trap was laced with all sorts of attractants and the entire property was sprayed with anise (a powerful bear attractant) for over a month to attract bears to this particular residence, which is across the street from Ali's house. No bears were caught on this property despite these intense efforts. The homeowners are working with the Division of Fish and Wildlife to get a bear hunt.
UPDATE: After pleading guilty to resisting arrest in a plea agreement with the Vernon court and fully cooperating with the court, Ali was given a 30-day jail sentence, probation and fines. He appealed this harsh sentence to Superior Court and on Friday, July 11, he lost the appeal after Judge Comforti upheld the Vernon sentence without the probation. He was taken to Sussex County jail immediately to begin his sentence. He will be released on August 3.We are asking everyone to take time out of their schedule to protest this outrageous sentence and show support for Ali.
PROTEST: Saturday, July 19, 200810:30am - 12:30 pm43-47 High StreetNewton, NJ 07860
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE PARKING DECK ATTACHED TO THE COURT HOUSE! You must find legal access to parking in Newton. Newton provides parking info here:http://www.newtontownhall.com/parking.asp Bring signs that express your concern about the harsh sentence, Judge Comforti's ruling, jail solidarity, freeing Ali, etc.
SEND LETTERS: Write to Ali to let him know that we support him, recognize the insanity of the judicial system, and acknowledge his deeds as heroic efforts to attempt to save bears' lives. Please keep your letters polite as they will be read by the authorities. Inmate Albert Kazemian CN 10034 KDCF41 High StreetNewton, NJ 07860
MAKE CALLS TO PROTEST JUDGE COMFORTI'S DECISION: (Please be polite, but firm.)Ali is a kind and gentle man, whose boundless compassion for bears made him act on their behalf. Call: Judge Bozonelis (Comforti's assignment Judge)973-656-4020
MORE YOU CAN DO FOR ALI: If you'd like to send Commissary funds: Money Orders only made out to Albert Kazemian, CN10034 and mailed to:KDCF41 High Street Newton, NJ 07860Books and magazines can only be sent by the publisher. They can be sent to:
Inmate Albert Kazemian, CN10034KDCF41 High Street Newton, NJ 07860
Please note that many publishers NO LONGER send books or magazines to jails. Check before ordering.For more information, please write to me at Angi.NJARA@comcast.net--------------------
Angi MetlerNew Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA) PO Box 174 Englishtown NJ 07726 732/446-6808 Fax: 732/446-0227 http://www.nj-ara.org/
New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance is NJ's only statewide animal rights organization. NJARA has been advancing the rights of animals for 25 years through advocacy, public education and legislation.
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