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Help Restructure the New Jersey Fish & Game Council
Wildlife Watch Inc.
Helping People, Environment, and Wildlife
562, NEW PALTZ, NY 12561
Voice:(845) 256-1400; Fax:(845) 622-7999
Joe Miele, Vice President 201-368-8271
Senator Joseph F.
87 Main St.
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
June 17, 2003
Wildlife Watch Inc.
is an animal protection group that educates the public about the
mismanagement of wildlife by state and federal wildlife agencies; their
destruction of wildlife and ecosystems resulting from the management of
wildlife for sport hunting. We are contacting you to once again sponsor
S.2603, the bill that would dramatically change the composition of the NJ
Fish and Game Council.
In the decades that
the Council has been entrusted with the authority to manage wildlife
populations, it has worked only to pacify the desires of the hunting
community. All this comes at the expense of the wildlife and those who work
for their protection. Instead of representing the people of the state, the
Council represents only the hunters, who number fewer than two percent of
New Jersey’s population. S.2603 would reorganize the composition of the
Council into a more balanced body that takes more than just the hunting
perspective into consideration.
Council consists of eleven members, ten of which are hunters. To correct
this glaring bias, S.2603 will add seven Council members who are "…members
of the public with experience in environmental protection or other fields
relevant to animal welfare and with a background in the conservation of fish
and game,". What will result is a more well-balanced Council that will more
accurately represent the views of New Jersey’s citizens.
The Fish and Game
Council is a body that neither accurately represents the wishes of the
majority of New Jersey residents nor makes decisions that are in the best
interests of our wildlife. The changes in the Council called for by S. 2603
are a positive step toward the implementation of sound wildlife management
decisions for the first time in the history of the state. The voices in
opposition to this legislation are loud, but they are very few. This bill
has great support by those who care about our wildlife, so please support S.
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