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2010 New Jersey Bear Hunt. Manufactured Statistics, Not Science. Gov. Christie. DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.

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It usually takes an insider to show us the way through the veil of hypocrisy and past a wall of lies. Governor Christie, together with Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin, champions a science-based "bear hunt" to control the black bear population in New Jersey.

But, is it truly a hunt when hunters are allowed to bait the bears with food instead of the traditional method of stalking the prey? Where is the skill, or sportman's honor, in shooting a baited animal? Even worse, bear cubs no bigger than your average sized dog have been shot dead. What is euphemistically referred to as a hunt is, in reality, a wholesale massacre of bear families. It is a hate-based destruction of our natural treasures. This massacre, over 400 bears killed in the first three days, panders to the blood lust of the hunting community. It is as banal as that and the hunters frolick upon the blood of innocent and harmless bears that they so readily portrayed as a nuisance and even a threat to their safety.

The truth is, if controlling the bear population meant reading a book at the library, these people wouldn't be out there at all, would not care an iota about bear population control. However, give them a chance to shoot for blood, they will embrace the idea.

Is this hunt really based on science? View the video and let the former Commissioner of the DEP tell you what he thinks.


This all has my blood boiling, especially seeing the ignorant, hateful comments of the hunters and their supporters on The Record's online coverage. This hunting is a slaughter plain and simple and to disguise bloodsport as population control is ridiculous. No one should take joy in the killing of a living being. As if the geese slaughter was not bad enough. What's next?

Christie didn't get my vote last time, and I cannot wait to vote against him again.
Chessbuff said…
Catherine: I have made up my mind not only to vote against Christie, but to volunteer to the campaign against him in the next elections.
He has taken New Jersey into a tailspin, down the path of degeneration.
Submissions: said…
Yes, this has truly lit a fine under me. I have long been a vegetarian and animal lover, but had grown a bit lazy in my activism. As was said Saturday, the gloves are off now. There are too many of us in the state that work very hard, pay a lot of taxes and wish to enjoy the outdoors in peace, engaging in sports, taking photography, respecting nature and, if we are really lucky, getting a glimpse of beautiful wildlife. We have to take the power back. We cannot let a group of murderous thugs, backed by out of state ammo interests, dictate the environment and wildlife policies for the state. Please, let us all stay active, make a change, and sue those who have violated our rights. I am an attorney and plan on assisting wherever I am needed.
Chessbuff said…

Thank you for your comment. You sound like a determined person, one who can move mountains. I suggest you get in touch with Angi Metler of the Animal Protection League of NJ (APLNJ).Here is their website:

We have a lot of work ahead of us. Gov. Christie must not remain in office. NJ is experiencing a degeneration under him.

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