Friday, March 13, 2009
NJARA Alert. New Jersey. Hunting. A1669. A595. A3713. Call Your Representatives Now.
From the NJARA:
Forward Far and Wide
The bill that would allow bowhunting on Sundays, A1669, passed the Assembly Agriculture Committee yesterday, despite opposition from numerous individuals and groups as well as the Coalition Against Sunday Hunting, of which NJARA is a member, and which represents over 500,000 New Jersey residents.Now that bill goes to the full Assembly for a vote on Monday, March 16. That's bad enough, but there are two other bills that NJARA also opposes and we ask that you make calls again today to your state assemblymembers and ask them to vote NO on the following bills.--
A1669, the bill to allow Sunday bow hunting. This bill will increase the likelihood of hunting accidents by having hunting on Sundays, the day when non-hunting activities are traditionally enjoyed. According to the U.S .Fish and Wildlife Service’s latest survey, over 1.5 million New Jersey residents are “wildlife watchers." This is 23% of the population. And this doesn't take into account cyclists, hikers, and families just enjoying nature. Less than 1% of NJ residents hunt yet this bill caters to that minority. And of course, can't the deer have 1 day of peace during the killing season?
A595, the perimeter bill. This bill will reduce the safety perimeter around occupied buildings by 300 feet for bow hunters. With this bill, a bow hunter could legally stand within 150 feet of your home and shoot deer. As dangerous as this is, in and of itself, it would set a precedent and before long shotguns and muzzleloaders will be permitted within 150 feet of homes. In December 2008, a bullet from a 50-caliber muzzleloader was shot into the bedroom of a two-year-old in Readington, NJ. While no one was killed or hurt in this incident, what about next time? Will a family be so lucky if the hunter is now 300 feet closer to their home? In November 2008 in New York, a hunter killed a 16-month-old girl in her home in New York. The hunter was about 400 feet away. New Jersey wants to make our safety zone 150 feet. Legislators are endangering the public with both the above bills.
A3713, the license plate bill. This bill will do away with the special license plates and replace them with decals. NJ's Animal Population Control Fund, the statewide low cost spay/neuter program, benefits from the sale of the Animal Friendly license plates. NJARA has been very involved in seeking additional funding to this program, as it falls far short of the need every month. Taking away the license plates would certainly reduce the income. The decal would not be as attractive to buyers. Furthermore, the bill requires the benefiting agency or organization to foot the bill for the decals, which was previously paid by Motor Vehicle Commission. In the case of the Animal Friendly decal, that would fall to the state department of Health, at a time when there are cut backs everywhere, it's likely they will just drop this program if they have to front the money for the decal. The bill's sponsor heard not only from NJARA on this issue, but from the numerous organization and state programs this affects and it fell on deaf ears. The bill passed the Assembly committee last week.
PLEASE, call your two Assembly members and ask them to vote NO on A1669, A595 and A3713. We cannot stress enough how important it is for legislators to receive hundreds of calls are today.You can find your Assemblymembers here:
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