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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 o…

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 tr…