Friday, August 26, 2011

New Jersey .S2923. Bill Conditionally Vetoed by Governor Christie. Some Sanity Still Remains. Stephen Sweeney Eats Crow.

To be frank, yesterday, I was flat-on-my-ass surprised that Governor Christie conditionally vetoed S2923. Evidently, the Governor realized its harmful and inconsiderate proviso that sought to end the 7-day grace period afforded stray animals before they are euthanized at the shelter. That was one big bullet we all dodged regardless of your persuasion. You don't have to be an animal rights proponent to be against S2923. Any sensible person will be alarmed by its overarching condemnation of stray animals. I can only imagine the volume of calls and emails that went the Governor's way in the week before his deadline to veto the bill or not.

S2923 was the brainchild of Senator STEPHEN M. SWEENEY, District 3 (Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester), Senator JEFF VAN DREW, District 1 (Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland), and
Assemblyman JOHN J. BURZICHELLI, District 3 (Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester).

How could these people propose, even conceive of, a bill like S2923 (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/S3000/2923_I1.PDF)? This is an irresponsible, anti-animal bill sugarcoated with spay and neutering provisions. You have to imagine these elected officials, in all seriousness, consulting each other about ending the 7-day grace period for stray animals. For Governor Christie to veto an anti-animal bill you championed and shepherded through both legislative houses, you must be incredibly depraved individuals.

I wrote to many of our representatives in Trenton, and here's a letter I received from State Senator Tom Mckean:

Thank you for your recent correspondence sharing your concerns regarding S-2923. I thought you might like an update on the status of this legislation.

Yesterday, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed S-2923, citing the need to maintain a seven-day holding period before animal shelters can transfer, euthanize, or offer animals for adoption. Later in the day, the Senate voted to accept the Governor’s recommendations. The amendments now await consideration by the General Assembly.

As you may know, I was one of only two Senators who originally voted against S-2923 because I shared the concerns raised by animal rights groups as to the potential impact of this legislation. I was pleased that Governor Christie listened to our shared concerns and made the appropriate changes to improve this legislation. As such, I was happy to vote to approve this amended measure.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this matter of interest. If I can be of assistance on any state issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Tom Kean

Senator Tom Kean, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz

District 21

908-232-3673 (phone)

908-232-3345 (fax)

425 North Avenue East

Westfield, NJ 07090

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Jersey Bear Hunt of 2010. The 600 Bears, Not Forgotten.

It hasn't been a year yet, and I am already thinking about it. What horror awaits our black bears we will soon get a whiff of. Governor Christie, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, and Fish & Wildlife's Lawrence Herrighty, I imagine, are champing at the bit. In fact, the recent cases of roaming black bears (shot dead, of course, as in Clifton) are rumored to be contrived. Bears captured at a remote place are transported and deliberately let loose in populated areas, making the case for bear over population easier. It's all so devious and diabolic. This may seem far-fetched, but rumor often turns out to be premature fact.

You've got to wonder about the mindset of people who look forward to another bear hunt. It must be, for them, something like what we feel when the time to procreate with our chosen partner is imminent. Well, for these hunters, it will not be about caressing. The only squeezing they have in mind involves the trigger, ejaculatory for them nevertheless.

Here's a video montage I put together from last year's demo:


Friday, August 12, 2011

S2923. New Jersey. End of 7-Day Holding Period for Homeless Animals.

Is it just me, or is New Jersey really going to pot on animal welfare? We're hitting all the stops on the animal cruelty line. New Jersey has become the Kill State with kill the bears, kill the deer, kill the geese, and now kill the strays. That's quite a fall from grace since we were once the Garden State. We still are? Don't insist. It's no longer true. Killing is our forte now.

Well, where does this malaise come from? This bill S2923 isn't just an afterthought. At this point, It has passed both houses of legislature and it is ready to be made into a law by a stroke of the Governor's pen. Quite frankly, I don't see Gov. Christie having a pang of conscience and vetoing this bill. He has no conscience. He's not a friend of the animals unless they are on his plate. If you too feel that everything is starting to stink in New Jersey, remember that the fish rots from the head.


With this bill becoming law, pray for those pets who happen to lose their way and end up in a shelter. They won't be given a 7-day grace period anymore; their owners will have absolutely no time to save them. Some shelter blockhead can play God over your dog or cat, and this bill will give them the opportunity to do just that.

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Animal Protection League of NJ

S2923: CONDITIONAL VETOED NEEDED

Senate Bill 2923, a bill that deals with spay/neuter and assorted animal control issues, passed the Senate and the Assembly and is now on the Governor's desk. Christie NEEDS TO VETO THIS by August 25 or it automatically becomes law.

A provision in S2923 is TERRIBLE as it supersedes the current, mandatory seven day holding requirement for animals brought into a NJ shelter.

S2923 allows for an animal to be euthanized before the end of the seven day holding period "if the age, health, or behavior of the animal warrants euthanizing it before seven days has elapsed."

Allowing this type of broad discretion is a death sentence for:

  • animals the shelter thinks are too old to be adopted;
  • animals with medical issues the shelter does not want to handle financially or otherwise;
  • companion animals who may have slipped their leash and are deemed too old, sickly, etc:
  • feral cats.

The negative impact for feral cats is two-fold in that not only will it allow for their immediate killing, but the change eliminates any incentive for shelters to address feral cat populations through highly successful non-lethal TNR programs.

Impounded animals may be frightened; in fact, such "behavior" upon sudden impoundment may be the norm and is usually temporary.

It's our understanding that the bill started out as something good and morphed into what it is now. Read the bill in its entirety here.

Contact us for further info at info@aplnj.org or 732-446-6808.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION

1. Contact the governor and ask him to conditionally veto S2923, which changes the current impoundment language. Remember, he must act by 8/25/11, so contact him today.

Governor Chris Christie
Phone: 609-292-6000
Fax: 609-292-3454, 609-292-5181, 609-777-4082, 609-777-0357

Webmail

Email

2. Please use the following block of e-mails to ask these legislators to use their influence with Christie and request the conditional veto.

AsmAmodeo@njleg.org, AsmPolistina@njleg.org, AsmDiCicco@njleg.org, SenAllen@njleg.org, SenAddiego@njleg.org, AsmDelany@njleg.org, AsmRudder@njleg.org, SenConnors@njleg.org, AswGove@njleg.org, AsmRumpf@njleg.org, SenCiesla@njleg.org, AsmHolzapfel@njleg.org, AsmWolfe@njleg.org, SenSKean@njleg.org, AswAngelini@njleg.org, AsmRible@njleg.org, SenBeck@njleg.org, AswCasagrande@njleg.org, AsmOscanlon@njleg.org, SenKyrillos@njleg.org, AswHandlin@njleg.org, AsmThompson@njleg.org, SenBateman@njleg.org, AsmBiondi@njleg.org, AswCoyle@njleg.org, SenKean@njleg.org, AsmBramnick@njleg.org, AswMunoz@njleg.org, SenDoherty@njleg.org, AsmPeterson@njleg.org, AsmDiMaio@njleg.org, SenOroho@njleg.org, AsmChiusano@njleg.org, AswMcHose@njleg.org, SenBucco@njleg.org, AsmBucco@njleg.org, AsmCarroll@njleg.org, SenPennacchio@njleg.org, AsmDecroce@njleg.org, AsmWebber@njleg.org, SenSinger@njleg.org, AsmDancer@njleg.org, AsmMalone@njleg.org, SenCardinale@njleg.org, AsmSchroeder@njleg.org, AswVandervalk@njleg.org, SenOToole@njleg.org, AsmRumana@njleg.org, AsmRusso@njleg.org

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Morristown National Historical Park. Deer Hunt. Vegetation / Deer Management Plan.

The deer of Morristown, New Jersey need your help. They have had relative safety in the woods of Morristown National Historical Park, but that may end soon. The National Park Service (NPS) may decide that it is time to cull their population in order to preserve mixed hardwood species that don't get a chance to grow (the white-tailed deer eat up the saplings, according to them) and consequently nonnative invasive species would overrun the place. With an eye on aesthetics, the NPS prefers that the national historical park look like it did when our revolutionary army was encamped there.

I don't get the point here. Obviously, with the creation of park centers, parking lots, roads, and trails, the NPS had become a greater, guilty party than the deer in changing the landscape of the area. Further, if the NPS is so concerned about authenticity, then why have they not enlarged the present day continental army parade ground to its original dimensions? Along the same lines, why have they not fully and accurately delineated the perimeter of the area known to have contained thousands of soldiers' huts? So much for authenticity!

The NPS' two-part plan (Vegetation & White-tailed deer), if adopted, will allow for the hunting of the white-tailed deer in two areas of the park. The section that pertains to deer "management" provides for fencing, reproductive control, lethal reduction w/o firearms, and of course the very nicely put, "lethal reduction with firearms." This last item, if truth be told without the sugarcoating, means letting the hunters go in and shoot them up.

Of course, for those of us who are for animal rights, reproductive control is good enough for the NPS' purposes. Although effective and humane, reproductive control, I suspect, is not all there is in this matter. It is very likely that the hunting groups have sidled up to the NPS people in order to open up more hunting grounds for them, and the NPS have begun to bow to their wishes.

The scoping period is almost over, on the 14th, and we need everyone to send in their comments here:

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=41815

Tell the NPS that hunting has no place at the Morristown National Historical Park. Tell them that deer-sightings actually enhances the visitors' experience in the park. Tell them that deer existed in the area before and during the encampment periods at Morristown, and so what is this talk about the deer changing the vegetation in the park.