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:
senbsmith@njleg.org; sengreenstein@njleg.org; senbateman@njleg.org; senbeck@njleg.org; senwhelan@njleg.org
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!