Saturday, November 03, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie. Obama. Black Bear Management Program.

New Jersey's five-year Bear Management Program vilifies the Black Bear as a public nuisance, a danger to humans, and whose population is exploding. The program is the brainchild of Governor Chris Christie. Jon Corzine, the previous Governor, disallowed hunting the Black Bear during his terms in office. The Department of Fish & Wildlife serves as Gov. Christie's running dog. The program has nothing to do with conservation nor public safety. No one has ever been attacked and killed by a Black Bear in New Jersey. The Black Bear does not destroy the environment. If nothing else, the Black Bear ends up hauling away the garbage humans generate. The program is a sop to the well-organized gun and hunting groups who helped elect Christie to office. Only one percent of New Jersey's population hunts, but they are a well-organized as a lobby group. 

Already in its third year, the program has killed roughly 1200 black bears. The dead include both young and old. Even bear cubs no bigger than a small dog are not exempted.

Appeals have been made to the Governor to stop the slaughter, but no luck. A lawsuit failed to stop the killing. Residents continue to put out their trash unsecured. Hunters brag to no end about their trophies.

The poster above shows us that we cannot trust the Governor. He panders to those who can keep him in office or to those who can make him look good. If stopping the hunt meant replenishing his coffers and political support, he'd step on the brakes right away. What about doing the right thing?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Van Saun Park. Paramus, New Jersey. Fall Colors. 2012.

Well, it is that time of the year again when Van Saun County Park becomes ablaze with colors. I was thinking the other day, wondering what is my favorite month. The truth is, I don't truly know. Never given it a serious thought. Certainly, it wouldn't be January or February. Those months remind me of stiff and desiccated corpses in their dank graves. Deep Winter months have no juice, tinged with gray, and stone cold. I love the Summer months for the heat and the extended hours of sunlight, but not much color. It must be October then. The most beautiful weather in the year occur in the Fall, particularly in October.  My birthday is in October, and I am beginning to treat that day extra specially just like in my younger years. However, it is not for the gifts but for scoring one more against Father Time. The height of the Fall colors comes around mid-October in the New york/New Jersey area, at or around the 40th latitude North. As a bonus, I get a holiday in October, Columbus Day, although it isn't kosher anymore to celebrate his day. 

And so yesterday, I found myself walking the park taking photos with my Nikon DSLR D90. Taking photos at the park has become a yearly ritual for me. I can't just let it go by, and not record it. 

Earlier in the day, I went to the Bergen County Camera in Westwood to see what's up with their used equipment and ended up purchasing a Nikkor-S Auto 50mm F1.4 lens. This lens goes back to the 1960/70s when it was the flagship lens of Nikon. The 50mm F1.4 came with most of the Nikon film cameras sold back then. This lens is considered a dinosaur, lacking the automation and electronics that come with today's DSLRS. But, no one said that the clarity of the lens is inferior. It is just operated manually, meaning you set the focus and approximate the F-stop (exposure). It's refreshing to do the work yourself.

In about a week or two, I'd be out there again. So, here are the photos I took from yesterday, click to enlarge:

Monday, September 17, 2012

S1848. Poaching Bill. New Jersey. Bob Smith. Jennifer Beck. APLNJ.

S1848  (Senators Bob Smith (D-17), Jennifer Beck (R-11) 
(Our top priority.)

As the Senate returns from summer holiday, Senator Smith will 
press his colleagues to pass S1848, the Poaching Bill. Once again, 
we are asking that you again contact your Senator to express your 
strong opposition to this cruel, irresponsible, and ecologically 
damaging measure.

The Poaching Bill (S1848) would expand the killing deer on 
forest stewardship and commercially logged lands by poaching 
methods long banned as unethical, unsporting, and unsafe.  

Methods include killing animals directly over bait, any time 
of day or night, the use of vehicles, and jacklighting, or 
stunning deer with strong lights. Under Pennsylvania anti-poaching
 laws, first-time offenders who jacklight deer at night face 
ninety days in jail.

The poaching practices will be permitted on stewardship lands, 
a significant portion of which are leased by hunting clubs and 
managed for "trophy bucks" and increased deer reproduction, 
and on commercially logged public lands. Logging increases 
deer reproduction.

Wildlife protectionists derailed this bill last session. This year, 
Senator Smith, shooting and timber industry trade lobbies, 
and their partner, New Jersey Audubon, are determined to 
force it through, likely at the beginning of the fall session, 
or soon thereafter.

Humanitarians must keep up the pressure until this legislation 
is soundly defeated. The Poaching Bill S1848 is linked to 
Senator Smith's Commercial Logging Bill, S1085. We must 
oppose both. 


Under Pennsylvania anti-poaching laws, jacklighters face ninety 
days in jail. In New Jersey, Senator Smith is promoting jacklighting.

S1085 will allow commercial logging of state forests, primarily 
for timber and to increase populations of "game" birds. As noted 
by forty New Jersey forest scientists, the logging bill will "grow 
the deer herd even more." 

Promoters of the commercial logging bill are seeking to destroy 
resultant deer by the above, egregious methods. See APLNJ's 
op-eds on the poaching and commercial logging bills:

Logging Bill is About Hunting 
Logging in New Jersey forests would grow deer population 

Aside from the abject cruelty of S1848, the bill is ecologically 
damaging. In multiple studies, baiting deer causes changes in 
tree species composition and retarded forest regeneration 
by concentrating deer that continue to feed on natural browse.[i]

In Eastern deciduous forests, ground-nesting birds were less 
abundant in baiting areas. Baiting attracts and concentrates
coyotes, raccoons, and opossums near ground-nesting birds.[ii] 
Baiting increases deer-auto collisions. 

There is no public demand for either bill. An estimated 
seventy-three percent of Americans disapprove of baiting. [iii] 
Baiting deer is prohibited in 26 states or parts thereof. In recent 
years, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire, Vermont, 
Wisconsin and Wyoming have moved in this direction.[iv] In 
New Jersey, trade associations and associated legislators are 
promoting de-regulation and baiting to reverse hunter decline. 


Ask your state Senator to oppose the Poaching Bill, S1848, on 
humanitarian, ethical, ecological and safety grounds. Let your 
Senator knows that you are a constituent and are watching 
this legislation.

Poaching Bill: In addition to reaching out to your district Senator, 
please make a special effort to contact members of the Energy 
and Environment Committee as noted on the on the contact list 

Ask your Senator to oppose the related commercial logging bill, 
S1085. There is no public demand for commercial logging of our 
precious state forests. S1085 is a narrow, special interest bill 
for "game" species and timber for which there is no market. 
S1085 has passed the Senate and has been referred to the pro-hunt 
Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. 

For your convenience, we have listed all Senators' e-mail and 
phone contacts. A follow-up e-mail to your Senator will ensure 
that he or she is aware of your opposition. Please forward any 
news on your Senator's position to APLNJ office at

S1848 and S1085 affect everyone's wildlife and public land. 
Neither is the private property of "partnered" trade and a 
conservation group, but a public trust. Protect that trust, 
through action.  

Susan Russell 
Wildlife Policy Specialist 
Animal Protection League of New Jersey


District 1: Senator Jeff Van Drew  (609) 465-0700
Senator Jim Whelan (609) 383-1388  
District 3: Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, Senate President (856) 251-9801  
District 4: Senator Fred H. Madden (856) 232-6700
District 5: Senator Donald Norcross (856) 742-7600
District 6: Senator James Beach (856) 429-1572
District 7: Senator Diane B. Allen (609) 239-2800
District 8: Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (609) 654-1498
District 9: Senator Christopher J. Connors (609) 693-6700
District 10: Senator James Holzapfel (732) 840-9028
Senator Jennifer Beck (732) 933-1591
District 12: Senator Samuel Thompson (732) 607-7580
District 13: Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr. (732) 671-3206
Senator Linda R. Greenstein (609) 395-9911
District 15: Senator Shirley K. Turner (609) 530-3277
Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman (908) 526-3600
Senator Bob Smith (732) 752-0770
District 18: Senator Barbara Buono (732) 205-1372
District 19: Senator Joseph F. Vitale (732) 855-7441
District 20: Senator Raymond J. Lesniak (908) 624-0880
District 21: Senator Tom Kean (908) 232-3673
District 22: Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (908) 587-0404  
District 23: Senator Michael J. Doherty (908) 835-0552
District 24: Senator Steven V. Oroho (973) 584-4670
District 25: Senator Anthony R. Bucco (973) 627-9700
District 26: Senator Joseph Pennacchio (973) 227-4012
District 27: Senator Richard J. Codey (973) 731-6770
District 28: Senator Ronald L. Rice (973) 371-5665
District 29: Senator M. Teresa Ruiz (973) 484-1000
District 30: Senator Robert W. Singer (732) 901-0702
District 31: Senator Sandra B. Cunningham (201) 451-5100
District 32: Senator Nicholas J. Sacco (201) 295-0200
District 33: Senator Brian P. Stack (201) 861-5091
District 34: Senator Nia H. Gill (973) 509-0388
District 35: Senator Nellie Pou (973) 247-1555
District 36: Senator Paul A. Sarlo (201) 804-8118
District 37: Senator Loretta Weinberg (201) 928-0100
District 38: Senator Robert M. Gordon (201) 703-9779
District 39: Senator Gerald Cardinale (201) 567-2324
District 40: Senator Kevin J. O'Toole (973) 237-1360

Animal Protection League of New Jersey
PO Box 174
Englishtown, New Jersey 07726-0174

[i] Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural 
Resources, "Alabama Baiting Committee Report," 
11 Dec 2011, 6. 

[ii] Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural 
Resources, 6.

[iii] Responsive Management/National Shooting Sports 
Foundation, "The Future of Hunting and the Shooting 
Sports: Research-Based Recruitment and Retention 
Strategies." Produced for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service under Grant Agreement CT-M-6-0. Harrisonburg, 
VA, 2008.

[iv] Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,
 "Alabama Baiting Committee Report," 11 Dec 2011, 3. (Accessed September 17, 2012)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New York City. Horse-Drawn Carriages. Intro 86a. Supporters.

The campaign to replace New York City's horse-drawn carriages with electric, horseless carriages picked up some steam when two city council members pledged their support for Intro 86a. They are Margaret Chin of District 1 and Peter Koo of District 20. The New York City Council has 51 members. By my estimation, there are 16 council members who support Intro 86a including Koo and Chin. Supporters on the Council are Melissa Mark-Viverito (Prime sponsor), Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Fernando Cabrera, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Daniel Garodnick, Sara M. Gonzalez, Letitia James, Jessica Lappin, Rosie Mendez and Ydanis A. Rodriguez. 

We all know that the horse-drawn carriage industry is archaic, cruel, and far from being a romantic ride. 

Who wants to sit and kiss right behind a horse's ass? 

The horses work an average of 9 hours a day, pulling a carriage that weighs hundreds of pounds, in all four seasons of the year. You can see them still working past midnight in heavy vehicular traffic. 

If you would like to be informed and support the effort to end horse-drawn carriages in New York City, the best place to go is NYCLASS which stands for New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stray Dog Rescue. Dog Rehabilitation. PAWS Philippines.

Chase's story is just one of the many rescue stories that come out of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). The rescue team from PAWS came out on August 22, 2012 to rescue a dog reportedly stranded on an island along a very busy highway. That dog turned out to be lost alright, but the owner was found after some effort. All was well and good until, on closer inspection of the area, the team discovered this dog cowering in fear. That was Chase. 

As you can see from his admission photo, Chase was covered with mange and open wounds. The team took Chase to the Philippine Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) where he received immediate attention and treatment. You can see Chase's greatly improved condition in the photos. Chase still has a long way to go until adoption, but he certainly is on his way.

 I am providing pertinent information below for any of you who want to help PAWS help animals like Chase. All amounts, large or small, will be appreciated. 

Account Name: Philippine Animal Welfare Society

Bank of the Philippine Islands
Swift no. BOPIPHMM
BPI USD Account # 3944-0021-61
BPI PHP Account # 3943-0086-11

Philippine National Bank
Swift no. PNBM PHMM
PHP Account# 072-830174-0

Donors are suggested to fax to PAWS (475-1688) or email a copy of their validated deposit slip, unless they wish to remain anonymous.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Virgin Australia. Sexist Airline Policy. Disingenuous Concern for Children.

ABC News, last Monday, reported on an incident that took place on-board a Virgin Australia flight that involved an adult male passenger and two unaccompanied children who sat next to him. Johnny Mcgirr, like most of us traveling alone, didn't know who would be sitting next to him. Like Mcgirr, most of us do not truly care, trusting that most people would be reasonable, well-behaved, and clean.

Evidently, Virgin Australia does care who sits with whom, for they asked Mcgirr to change seats so that he wouldn't be seated next to 10-yr olds during the flight. The reason? He's a male.

Virgin Australia admitted that it is their policy to disallow grown males from seating next to unaccompanied children, for the children's safety.

Now, we can easily connect the dots, make the equation that looks like this: grown man = pedophile, grown man vis-a-vis children traveling alone = trouble. Eliminate grown man = children safe.

No sweat, this is an extremely sexist attitude, assuming that the molestation of children would most likely be perpetuated by males. It wouldn't be sexists at all, but still questionable, if their policy targeted both males and females. But, no.
When Virgin Australia beats their chest and proclaims itself as the cautious overseer of children's welfare, they are playing both sides of the street. If they were truly concerned about the welfare of children traveling unaccompanied, they shouldn't let them on board in the first place. 

If Virgin Australia considers the aircraft a dangerous place where predators could lurk, where pedophiles could molest innocent babes, then parental supervision is imperative. A parent must accompany all traveling children. Wouldn't that be a better policy to apply?

But that would mean no tickets sold because the parent can't make it in the first instance. Loss of revenue, in blinking red neon. And nothing scares the airlines more than empty seats. And so they went for stereotyping males instead and a sexist double standard was born...

The airline was reported to be reviewing their policy.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

New Jersey Bill S1848. Baiting Deer. Spotlighting. KLIP.

I am crossposting a message from Keep Life in the Park regarding a bill that would make it easier for hunters to kill a deer. I used, "hunters," liberally and it does not necessarily mean humans who hunt. You'd think with all the modern weaponry, gear, and other aides the hunters would have a tremendous advantage over the animal, but no. 
But, really, forget the hunt. There is just baiting now. There are no more hunting skills involved because the bait does all the work. This bill in question will legitimize a practice that is already quite prevalent among the shooters. 
And what else would capture the attention and take up the time of State Senators Bob Smith and Jennifer Beck than more ways to cater to the hunting cabal in the state, figuring out more ways to destroy our wildlife? They are enemies of New Jersey wildlife.
Dear Friends of NJ Wildlife,

The New Jersey Legislature is considering a bill, S1848, last year known as S2649, that would allow landowners to lure deer onto their property and gun them down. It would be illegal for YOU to feed deer on your property, but hunter baiting deer with food would be permitted, as would stunning the animals with bright lights—commonly called "spotlighting." Spotlighting with headlights or other light sources terrifies deer to such an extent that they freeze in their tracks. These methods are usually reserved for the likes of poachers. And when these animals are killed, survivors and newcomers will breed at an accelerated rate (compensatory rebound), which means increased populations.
Primary sponsor of this bill is Senator Bob Smith, co-sponsored Senator Jennifer Beck, arguably two of the biggest enemies of New Jersey wildlife ever elected to public office.
They, and all members of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee need to hear our strong opposition to S1848.
Here is a 9 page pdf of the bill.

S1848 is now in the hands of the state's Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Please take a moment to email and if possible follow up with a call to their offices.

Polite comments can be sent to the members of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee using these e-mail addresses:;;;;
Senator Bob Smith Democrat
District Office: 216 Stelton Rd., Suite E-5, Piscataway, NJ 08854 (732) 752-0770

Senator Linda R. Greenstein Democrat
District Office: 7 Centre Dr., Suite 2, Monroe, NJ 08831-1565 (609) 395-9911

Senator Christopher Bateman Republican
District Office: 36 East Main St., Somerville, NJ 08876 (908) 526-3600

Senator Jennifer Beck Republican
District Office: 32 Monmouth St., 3rd Floor, Red Bank, NJ 07701 (732) 933-1591

Senator Jim Whelan Democrat
District Office: 511 Tilton Rd., Northfield, NJ 08225 (609) 383-1388

Please cross post widely.
Thank you!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Well-Earned Misanthropy. Flawed Species. Animal and Environmental Abuse.

I don't recall working a job that wasn't a people-oriented job, one that faces and serves the public and not only interact with co-workers. Sometimes, I find it to be some kind of a twisted joke for a misanthrope like me to be a public servant. I've done a pretty good job at sublimation, always courteous and accommodating to people even after becoming aware of multiple forms of animal cruelty from the outright beating of an animal to covert forms like stuffing one's face with a cheeseburger. I try not to blame the individual for specific offenses, but I hold the whole lot suspect by dint of being human. I would prefer to entrust my life to a wild animal than a human being. We are a seriously flawed species with issues rooted in vanity, greed, common stupidity.

I had a good laugh at a comment made by a reader in a newspaper editorial about the environment and those who protect it. The reader concluded that environmentalists tend to coddle an anti-human mentality. I am still amused by this opinion as I write. Well, it seems to me that nature does not maliciously attack itself, and so the destruction must come from another entity. Just add a cognizance of the pain and misery found in animal abuse and the coddling turns quickly into misanthropy. 

Hey, at one time in my life, I started out with a plain white canvass. Humankind has since then done a pretty good job at laying on an El Greco painting on it, unfortunately. But I still don't consider myself as having gone off the cliff. I am barely holding on with my fingertips. I thank and appreciate those who have remained unsullied by life's trampling. Not all humans are abusive or apathetic towards animals. I barely recognize you but you still give me strength to carry on.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

A Message from Keep Life in the Park (KLIP). New Jersey S2066. Sportmen's Heritage Act.

Dear Friends of NJ Wildlife,

If you haven't done so, PLEASE contact your Senators and express your STRONG OPPOSITION to S2066, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act.
Find contact information for NJ Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez here:
Remember to share this information with friends and family out of state!

You will also find a link to the Humane Society of the U.S. Advocacy page below.
PLEASE cross post!  Thank you!


Here are some points to reference in your communication.

Please oppose S2066 and help to protect wildlife, habitat and the public. As one of your constituents, I urge you to help protect human health, wildlife and public lands by voting against S2066. This legislation, if passed, will undermine provisions of existing conservation statutes including the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act. It will also interfere with the exercise of authority by federal agencies responsible for managing federal lands and protecting public health.

Please oppose S2066 and help to protect wildlife, habitat and the public. An estimated 1,713,000 Garden State wildlife watchers generate $537,388,000 in revenues. New Jersey wildlife watchers outnumber hunters 20-to-1 and outspend hunters 5-to-1. Yet the absolute majority remains disenfranchised from the 11-member Fish and Game Council.

There is no public outcry, demand, or even knowledge of this gun-friendly legislation. The so-called "Heritage" Act is the work of firearms and archery trade association front groups, including the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, which represents gun, ammo, and archery manufacturers. The number of hunters nationally is plummeting. In New Jersey , that number has fallen by more than 50%.

Hunting is an exclusive and invasive use. Families cannot peacefully enjoy our parks and public ways without at minimum discomfort and the potential risk of injury -- hunting accidents and near misses are common, many are not reported.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that wildlife is to be held in trust for all citizens. A vocal minority should not be permitted for further expropriate our public lands to bully cooperative legislators into passing this trade agenda.

In behalf of the clear majority of New Jersey residents who enjoy our public lands non-violently, we urge you to oppose this self-interest legislation.
HSUS Advocacy Link

Keep Life In the Park (K.L.I.P.)Visit Keep Life In the Park on Facebook

Be a voice for ALL animals with the League of Humane Voters of NJ.
Visit the NEW www.LOHVNJ.ORG and join today!
For the Animals' Sake NJ Blog

New Jersey Black Bear. Chris Christie, Bob Martin, David Chanda, Larry Herrighty. Black Bear Vilified.

Is this the New Jersey black bear we are supposed to fear? Governor Christie, Commissioner Bob Martin of the Department of Environmental Protection, David Chanda and Larry Herrighty of the Division of Fish & Wildlife wants us to consider a black bear in our backyard as a danger to ourselves and our children. And the hunting cabal in the state fans the fire of fear and hate, trumpets overpopulation fairy tale, to justify the yearly massacre of the black bears. The trophy hunts of 2010 & 2011 killed close to 600 bears respectively, approximately 1200 bears total so far. But, do you know that there has never been a black bear attack on a human in New Jersey. Can you see why?

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Primate Products. Florida. John Resuta. Animal Experimentation.

Our brethren in South Florida are not the type of people you want to mess with. They will root you out at your workplace. And then show up just when and where you think you're safe---at your doorstep. John Resuta learned the hard way. The video above shows our friends at his doorstep in Cutler Bay. You see, John works as the Operations Manager for Primate Products. This company imports and breeds monkeys destined for a hideously cruel, life-long existence in animal experimentation. The company's Live Animal Division is located in Miami, Florida. It is a morally bankrupt line of work, if you ask me. This is a company who ran a promotional drive that offered anyone a complimentary five aluminum collars and one capture pole for every restrainer purchased. What a bargain! They should be listed as a victim-delivery service. I must ask, who do you think is more depraved, the men who gang raped a woman, or the guy who delivered the victim to the gang?

 These photographs were taken after the rally at John Resuta's residence. Before they left the scene, with a touch of good housekeeping, the demonstrators paraded through the posh neighborhood, informing  the people that " An animal killer lives Here."

If John Resuta thinks that was the end of it, he is mistaken. This demo was the Kimchi before the Bibimbap, the chips and salsa sauce before the Mushroom Fajita. Even if his sister insisted that John Resuta is an animal lover, the protesters will be back for John.

For more information and to give support, go to SMASH HLS

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Animal Protection League of New Jersey. Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. 2012. Montclair.

Haven't met us yet?

Stop by and visit the Animal Protection League table at the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale this Saturday, May 5! Our programs director, Janine Motta, will be staffing an information table and she would love to meet you!

Where: Go Lightly, 4 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

When: Saturday, May 5 from 11AM - 4:30PM

What: The previous two Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale events, organized by Montclair Vegans, were such a success, that they're doing it again! Please stop by and bring your friends and family to come and try some delicious baked goods, mingle with like-minded people and check out the wonderful eco-friendly store, Go Lightly. This is going to be the first year that there will also be live music, thanks to the band In Cages!  

We're grateful to Montclair Vegans for offering us this outreach opportunity AND for choosing APLNJ to be a recipient of part of the proceeds raised from this event. Thank you Montclair Vegans!!
Please share this with your friends, and come out and support us! We're looking forward to a delicious event, raising both awareness of how good cruelty free can be, and funds to support two great causes.
Please also come out and support Go Lightly, a wonderful vegan eco-store and cafe! We want to encourage everyone to check out her delicious vegan ice-creams, sandwiches and salads and an assortment of interesting, innovative and cool eco-friendly products.
Hope to see you there!
Angi Metler
Executive Director