Here we are again, at death's door, with the 2011 New Jersey Black Bear Massacre only three weeks away. The killing will begin on December 5th and will last five days. Last year's bear massacre resulted in 589 dead, most of them one-year and less in age, weighing less than 75 pounds. The smallest kill weighed only 30 pounds. Three hundred and seventy-eight (378) were just cubs. That's more than half of all the dead.
These facts were gleaned from the published report of the NJ Department of Fish & Wildlife, a government body that portrays itself as some kind of overseer of the environment, the protector of animals in that environment, and the provider recreational possibilities offered by the environment.
But, make no mistake. The New Jersey DFW is not the Sierra Club, and it does not have any affinity with John Muir's grand design, with his love of nature and respect for animals.
In fact, the NJ DFW has stooped so low as to encourage young adults to take up hunting (it's on their website) which inevitably will lead to killing animals. Larry Herrighty is the big man at the New Jersey Department of Fish & Wildlife. And at the behest of the NJ DFW and the Department of Environmental Protection under David Chanda, Governor Christie is able to reward his political supporters with an annual bear hunt.
Listen to Stuart Chaifetz of SHARK explain the buddy-buddy system that is at work in Trenton, after which I implore you to send the NJ DFW a piece of your mind at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/contactform.htm.
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