Friday, January 29, 2010

Holmdel, New Jersey. Protest. Bow Hunt. February 6, 2010.

Cancelled...Demo moved to February 14th, 2010.

Please attend: Rally for the Deer of Holmdel

Saturday, February 6, 2010
1:00 - 3:00pm

Holmdel Township Municipal Building
4 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ

Holmdel is conducting a cruel and inhumane bow hunt. The hunt has been going on since Jan 1st and will continue until Feb 20th unless we can get the committee members to stop it sooner. Please help by attending our rally.

For more information, please contact Laurie at or cell# 917-797-6734

Note: Rain, shine, sleet or snow! Our fight for the deer will not be stopped.

Parking Information: Municipal building parking lot.

Directions: Holmdel Township Municipal Building is located at 4 Crawfords Corner Road at the intersection with Holmdel Road.

To reach the Municipal Building from the South - Take the Garden State Parkway North to Exit 114. At the light make a left onto Red Hill Road. Follow Red Hill Road for two traffic lights. At the second traffic light bear right onto Crawfords Corner Road. Follow Crawfords Corner Road to the Municipal Building which will be on the right.

To reach the Municipal Building from the North - Take the Garden State Parkway South to Exit 114. At the light make a right onto Red Hill Road. Follow Red Hill Road to the next traffic light and bear right onto Crawfords Corner Road. Follow Crawfords Corner Road to the Municipal Building, which will be on the right.

To reach the Municipal Building from Route 35 - Follow Route 35 to Holmdel Road. Follow Holmdel Road until it's intersection with Crawfords Corner Road. Make a left onto Crawfords Corner Road. The Municipal Building will be the first driveway on the left.

To reach the Municipal Building from Route 34 - Follow Route 34 to Route 520 - Newman Springs Road. Follow Route 520 to the first traffic light - Holmdel Road. Make a left onto Holmdel Road. Follow Holmdel Road until it's intersection with Crawfords Corner Road. Make a right onto Crawfords Corner Road. The Municipal Building will be the first driveway on the left.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bow Hunting. A Deer's Slow Death. Cruelty Not Sport. Ignorance Not Glory. Blood Lust Not Control.

The video presented below is not for the faint-hearted. It shows the slow and suffocating death of a deer shot twice with an arrow.

I was prompted to present this video by my disgust at what is happening at the Garrett Mountain Reserve in Woodland, New Jersey. The Board of Freeholders, led by Mayor Pat LaPore, authorized a bow hunt to cull a supposed overpopulation of deer in the reserve. No scientific proof or evidence was presented to support their estimate of 400-600 deer living in the park. There is a more humane way to cull deer population, and that is done through a contraceptive called GonaCon. It works for five years and cost approximately $7 a shot. But Mayor LaPore and the Board of Freeholders would rather spend $5,000 to hire a local bow hunting group to massacre the deer and another $15,000 to butcher their bodies.

Even in death, there are gradations. Lucky are those blasted into pieces by high-powered rifles and shotguns. They are dead in an instant. But bow hunting leaves the victim fatally wounded, in pain for hours, before death actually occurs. It is estimated that only one out of three deer shot by an arrow is immediately recovered. The others run into the woods in search of a safe place but death follows them there. It is a practice among bow hunters to relax and have a smoke, or even to go home and rest, before setting off in search of the deer they just shot. Isn't it ironic that hunters will give animals time to die, but not the time to live?

So, this is sport? In our day of better education through much improved means of communication, in an age of limitless electronic entertainment, at a time when photography has turned digital and its ability to capture the beauty of nature limitless, there are still some who turn to hunting as their proving ground. Hunting is hardly the canvas on which to display one's creativity(?) and resourcefulness. Defenseless and friendly, deer can't provide a challenge to the well-armed and well-camouflaged hunter. What a twisted way to get your kicks! Only the intellectual laggards find hunting, particularly bow hunting, amusing and personally rewarding.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New Jersey. Bill 979. Anti- Antifreeze Poisoning.

Some good news on the New Jersey legislative front...Both houses of legislature have approved Bill S 979, requiring only the signature of the present Governor to make it into law. S 979 requires manufacturers to add an aversive agent to antifreeze products, making anti-freeze unpalatable to both children and animals. Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland is credited for shepherding this bill into law. Ethylene glycol is used in antifreeze but its sweet smell makes it attractive to both children and animals resulting in the poisoning of approximately 1400 children and 10,000 animals each year. Those are large numbers, indeed, and I am glad that there was no serious bipartisan squabbling in the state congress over this bill. I have heard from people who have actually tasted antifreeze, and they described it as being similar in taste as Gatorade. We have one of those rare occassions when a particular bill benefits both children and animals. The HSUS, HSLF, the Consumer Specialty Products Association and Honeywell International supported this bill.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Woodland Park, NJ. Meeting. Board of Freeholders. Protest. January 29, 2010.

Just a follow up on what's going on with that bow hunt at Garrett Mountain Reservation. Animal rights proponents will be attending the meeting of the Board of Freeholders on January 26, 2010. This meeting will be at 401 Grand Street, Paterson, NJ 07502. Contact number is 973-881-4402. Time is 5:30pm. I would not be able to make that meeting since I work in Manhattan from 10-6. But for those who are free, please attend and make good use of the few seconds you might get to express your opinion. Time is always limited in public meetings like these, and so go straight to the point and do not ramble on. Some of the people will be bringing photos that, in a way, can speak louder than words.

Please stress that there is a humane alternative to bow and arrow hunting. GonaCon was approved by the FDA late last year, and is estimated to cost from $7 to $10 per shot. Compare that to the $20,000 that the board allotted to make this hunt possible and you will realize the magnitude of their foolishness. The contraceptive works for five years. This alternative doesn't put the public in danger unlike when guns, bows and arrows are used.

There are approximately 70 residences that border Garrett Mountain Reservation, and these residents can just walk right into the grounds of the reservation from their homes. This is the kind of place where this bow hunt is occurring. Remember, this bow hunt was authorized by the Board of Freeholders without public notice and comment. Mayor Pat Lepore is the main proponent of this hunt. Give em Hell. Remember him on election day.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Full Weekend. Work, Love, and Protest. Animal Welfare.

Last weekend was a busy one for animal welfare. I did my usual Sunday morning work at the animal shelter, washing and scrubbing kennels and getting to know the dogs even more. Being a cold day, we didn’t wash the outside runs for fear of forming a thin layer of ice which will surely make the dogs slip and slide, and possibly cause injury to them.

It was with great sadness that I learned that Matrix, a pit bull mix and my most recent favorite, had fallen gravely ill in the previous days that he was euthanized for his own benefit. An advanced state of heart worm made him cough up blood and he was no longer his old self. Matrix spent a month with us and that turned out to be the best days of his 10-yr life which was mostly spent chained, exposed, and hungry in the backyard. Matrix’s case is a testament to the harsh realities besetting our animals. He loved his walks, and he was just beginning to enjoy his freedom. Sometimes, help comes too late. Cruelty and suffering are omnipresent. We can equalize but complete victory is unattainable because humankind is inherently evil.

The day before, Saturday, I participated in a demonstration against the deer hunt at Garrett Mountain Reservation in Woodland in Passaic County in New Jersey (formerly West Paterson). This hunt was approved by the Board of Freeholders led by Mayor Pat LePore, a Democrat, who believes that there are approximately 400-600 deer in the park. Those are big numbers, and the estimate sits well with their propaganda that the park has become over populated with deer. Also, the board of freeholders conveniently authorized the hunt without public consent and comment. Aren't they suppose to work with and for the people? Instead, they have resorted to smoke and mirrors.

But the first day of hunting, the 11th, involving eighteen bowhunters, resulted in only five kills. That’s after eight hours of hunting.

This indicated that in reality an over population of deer does not exist, and that the hunters have actually killed five of the few remaining deer in the area. This is no matter to the hunters since life and natural conservation do not interest them. As I have previously argued, there is a blood lust to be satisfied and macho war stories to be told.

Protesters lined a good quarter mile of Rifle Camp Road for two and a half hours, cops and media all there. It was a cold day. If the bright sun didn’t have a warming effect, this display of civic virtue certainly warmed my heart.

Monday was another day of protest but this time in Essex County. The gist of the problem there is identical to the one at Passaic County---politicians, particularly Essex County Executive Joe DiVicenzo, arguing for and approving deer hunts at Hilltop, Eagle Rock, and South Mountain parks. They inflated the figures and insisted that hunting down the deer is the only alternative. GonaCon is a deer contraceptive that works for five years. It was approved by the FDA last year, and it will cost between $7-$10 a shot by some estimates. This is a humane alternative if the deer population, indeed, needs to be culled.

But before heading for the protest, some mundane matters needed attention. It took approximately 10 minutes to apply for a new U.S. passport at the local post office and an hour and a half at the local Subaru dealership to correct a recall item on my Forester. Long faces, deep sighs, foot-tapping at the waiting room, that's always fun. After a last minute stop at the local deli to collect their surplus bagels and buns and feed them to the ducks and geese at the park, I set off for the demo.

Only eight of us, this time, but we had a great spot to hold high our signs and get people’s attention. Northfield Avenue in West Orange, in front of the Codey Arena, with a traffic light that required passersby to stop and inescapably pay attention to us, is demo heaven. A captive audience worked well for us. The demo lasted for nearly two hours; some hot coffee helped us a bit. Lo and behold, the usual hecklers were there too. They rolled down their windows and told us how wonderful meat was, and so on. We are always at the mercy of our inferiors. Our work continues, our love undiminished, and our resolve remains strong.

New Jersey. Woodland Park. Second Demo. Protest the Deer Slaughter. January 17, 2010.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Jersey. Passaic and Essex Counties. Woodland Park & West Orange. Videos of Deer Hunt Protest.

Passaic County Protest, Garrett Mountain
Essex County Protest, West Orange

Action for Deer of Garret Mountain and Rifle Camp Parks in Passaic Co. on Tues. 1-12-10

Please call Gov. Corzine 609-292-6000 or fax 1609-777-3634. Ask the Governor to STOP the hunt. He has the authority to stop it.

Facts to Mention: The Passaic Co. Freeholders made this bow-hunt decision via consent agenda item which means it was without public input and we are worried for our safety, the suffering of the deer, etc. This lack of transparency in government must be stopped as well. Even if you called already, call again!
Also, Please call Sweeney (new Sen. prez.) 1856-251-9801.

Please make these calls and faxes today.

Friday, January 08, 2010

New Jersey. Essex County. Deer Killing Protest. January 11, 2010.


Join a protest at the Essex County press conference were they will
announce plans for the 2010 Deer Killing Program.

Please come out and let all the politicians know how the people of
South Mountain, Eagle Rock and Hilltop feel about another slaughter of our deer by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo!

Date: Monday, January 11, 2010
Time: 2 pm (promptly)
Place: Essex County Satellite Office
560 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ

* Meet at Codey Ice Skating Arena 1:30pm (adjacent to the satellite office)

* Bring yourself, your friends, neighbors, and your signs for
GONACON (a deer contraceptive)

Sign suggestions:
* Deer fertility control registered; HERE NOW.
* GnRH now registered for nonlethal deer management.....HERE NOW

Philippines. PAWS. Cat Food Donations. January 2010.

If you are not located in the Philippines and would like to help, there is a PAWS Paypal donation button on this website. It's legit, safe, and humane. Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

PETA. Michelle Obama. Anti-Fur Ad. No Permission Required.

Michelle Obama's office is reportedly upset at PETA for including her in this ad. Not that Michelle isn't against fur---she's made anti-fur statements before, following the lead of the French First Lady-----but First Ladies are not suppose to endorse political organizations or special interest groups. I don't understand that point. Doesn't she explicitly endorse the Democratic Party?

Anyway, this disagreement pivots on the concept of consent. Michelle did not consent to being part of this ad. PETA, nevertheless, will run the ad. PETA has stated that if they sought Michelle's permission she would not have been able to give it considering the constraints placed upon a First Lady. I reckon that when it comes to animal welfare, high profile people who make pro-animal statements must realize that their images could be used in campaigns against animal cruelty. And if one is truly an animal lover, then don't make any bones about it for as long as it is done tastefully. In this case, Michelle looks fabulous.

New Jersey. Woodland Park. Garrett Mountain (NJ) Deer Hunt Protest

I am crossposting an alert from the Animal Protection League of New Jersey. Demonstrators needed on Saturday, January 9, 2009.


Please join us for the Garrett Mountain Deer Bowhunt Protest! We know this is last minute, but we just found out and are trying desperately to save these beautiful, gentle animals. These deer come right up to your car when you drive in the reserve! Will you help us?

Please re-arrange your Saturday accordingly – this is so important! If you live in NJ, please attend this protest. The NY people will speak out against fur with me at Saks, but I know that we have enough dedicated activists to be in both locations. Time is of the essence and we couldn't wait another day to schedule it. The deer need a big turnout. – Julie, Caring Activists Against Fur PLEASE CROSS-POST

When: Saturday 1/9/10 GATHER 12:30 pm at parking location - 3 Garrett Mountain Plaza (directions below)
Protest: directly across from Mina's on the Mountain Restaurant, 140 Rifle Camp Road, Woodland Park, NJ. 1pm – 2:30pm
Point Person/Contact for protest: Merrilee / day of cell # is 917-817-0340

Parking is not near the protest site – we will shuttle people over, so PLEASE come on time so we can be effective! The protest site is located directly across from Mina's on the Mountain Restaurant, 140 Rifle Camp Road, Woodland Park. If you use Google maps, you'll see how close these locations are, but a little far to walk for some, especially in the cold.

Directions: The parking address is 3 Garrett Mountain Plaza, Woodland Park. Take Rte. 80 West to the Squirrelwood Road Exit 56B, Woodland Park (aka West Paterson). Bear left at the STOP sign and turn left. You will pass over Rte. 80, go straight through one traffic light (at Jackson), see Lukoil gas station on left. IMMEDIATELY after Lukoil station turn left into 3 Garret Mountain. The sign actually reads "3 Garret Mountain Plaza 5". At the stop sign turn right, and drive to the end of the parking area near the black and white building, #3, and park in the last parking area on your right. We will be there beginning at around 12.30, and the cell phone to call should they not be able to find us, or to call for a pick-up from the parking area is 917-817-0340. Demonstrators may feel free to bring their own signs - we will have a dozen or so. As we always say, DRESS WARM - it's going to be frigid out there. I'll have hand warmers! More Location or Detail Questions? Point Person/Contact for protest: Merrilee / day of cell # is 917-817-0340

Background: A bowhunt of the Garrett Mountain Reservation & Rifle Camp Park deer is planned in Passaic Co., NJ. Through connections, we believe that they will try to sneak the start of the hunt for this Friday! They plan to continue through February. This proposal must come from the surrounding towns (Woodland Park) and the Passaic Board of Chosen Freeholders on which the Woodland Park Mayor currently holds a position. According to the paper, it was also the Mayor who pushed this! We need your emails and calls as well as going to the protest. We might have time to stop this! There is a new approved deer contraceptive - GonaCon - and it should be used!

Wherever you live, ASAP, PLEASE contact the following 4 people who voted for the hunt and have the power to stop it:

1. Freeholder Terry Duffy - 973-881-4537
2. Freeholder (and Mayor) Pat Lepore - 973-881-4536
3. Freeholder Bruce James - 973-881-7896
4. Freeholder Greyson Hannigan 973-225-5427
5. Woodland Park Council Members:,,,,

Contact me for an example of a letter you can send. – Julie,

Monday, January 04, 2010

Feeding the Cold and Hungry. Citizens of the County Park. Their Winter of Discontent.

I couldn't feel comfortable where I was at, knowing that frigid conditions existed outside where animals have to scrounge around for food, fight for a morsel, and caught in an endless search for sustenance. Geese are some of these animals who peck at the ground for tiny bits of food. And when the ground is covered with ice and snow, that means slim pickins for them even more.

Yesterday afternoon, my wife and I were driving home from a late lunch when she decided to drop by Shop Rite to get a few things. It was remarkable how well-fed we were and then we head for the supermarket to stock up on more food. I thought about the geese and the ducks at the county park, and how miserable they must be in these arctic conditions. I knew it was too late to drop by the neighborhood deli and ask---as I have done so before---for the bread that they no longer see fit to sell. It was already 430pm and the deli usually gives up the surplus bread in the mornings.

It was getting dark, and the park closes at sundown. I made my way towards the bread section of the supermarket, and a brand that was for $1.19 for a long loaf would cost only 89 cents with a Shop Rite card. Good enough. I took two loaves, paid for them, and sprinted for my car in the lot. Cars already had their headlights on, and I was hoping that the barricade wasn't up yet at the park entrance by the time I got there. I must admit that I gunned the accelerator, and in five minutes I went through the darkened driveway that led to the pond. A few park denizens remained, parked mostly by the public restrooms, all ready to leave right after they attend to their business. Soon, park security would be there to usher us all out for the night.

Winter froze the major part of the pond, but I found the geese and ducks paddling around in an inner water way that was still fluid. These guys knew the deal. They reacted quickly to my presence, recognizing from experience that a human being holding a bag is a feeder. As they scrambled out of the water and up a small rise, I started spreading the bread slices evenly among the population. Some of the smaller guys, or those out of position, shouldn't be left out. I made sure they got some too. In the end, I wished I had three or four loaves. Nevetheless, them geese and ducks had a small and much-needed snack before the even more frigid night fell.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Northern New Jersey. Dog for Adoption. Matrix. Pit Bull Mix.

At long last, Matrix was freed from his life of bondage as a backyard dog, a heavy chain around his neck for most of his life. He is considered a senior dog and probably ten years of age. You can't tell by his energy level. I walked Matrix the first time I met him at his kennel door, and he was super excited to go. His tail is not docked and it wags at high speed. Watch out behind! For all the years that he was chained, Matrix was easy to walk. In fact, I got him to heel in the first minutes of our walk. He's an obedient dog. I put on a brand new collar on him, and he stood still until I was done. When he hears his name, Matrix reacts instantaneously and his tail begins its supersonic wagging. He's a good and friendly dog. Matrix is presently my favorite at the shelter.