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Showing posts from September, 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"

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 hea