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Letter to George Pataki, Governor New York State - 6 August 2003


Wildlife Watch Inc.
Helping People, Environment, and Wildlife
PO BOX 562, NEW PALTZ, NY 12561
Voice:(845) 256-1400; Fax:(845) 622-7999
e-mail: [email protected]
Contact: Joe Miele, Vice President 201-368-8271

The Honorable George Pataki, Governor
Executive Chamber
State Capitol
Albany, New York 12224
Fax: 518-474-1513

August 6, 2003

Dear Governor Pataki:

Wildlife Watch, Inc. is an animal protection organization that seeks to educate the public about the mismanagement of wildlife by state and federal wildlife agencies, and the destruction of wildlife and ecosystems in the name of sport hunting and game management. 

We were happy to learn that A.4609, the Canned Hunting Bill, has been passed by both houses of the New York Legislature and is now waiting for your signature.  On behalf of our 12,000 New York members and supporters, we urge you to sign this bill into law.

As you know, the barbarity of canned hunts has been outlawed in fourteen states, including neighboring Massachusetts and New Jersey.   In 1999, New York State passed legislation banning canned shoots involving non-native big game mammals in areas less than 10 acres.  While this is a good start, your signature on A.4609 is needed to prohibit the killing, shooting, maiming or injuring of all intentionally confined animals for sport, amusement or the taking of a trophy, in areas of any size.

Wildlife Watch, Inc. and its members and supporters respectfully urge you to sign the canned hunt bill into law.   It is an important piece of legislation that is long overdue.

We eagerly await your response to our concerns on this very important piece of legislation.


Joe Miele

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