The American Turkey
Sent to several New Jersey newspapers
January 25, 2004
Before the Bald Eagle became known as the symbol of
America, the great statesman and revolutionary Benjamin Franklin put his
support behind the turkey being honored as the national bird. Franklin's
choice would have been a good one, as the North American wild turkey was
here to greet the Pilgrims as they landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620.
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (the
Division) has declared war on these birds for no reason other than to
provide the state's hunters with a form of recreation. Turkeys are not
overpopulated in New Jersey. In fact, since 1978 New Jersey has had a trap
and transfer program in place to increase turkey populations so that hunters
would have another living target to blow out of the sky.
According to the Division, 1368 turkeys from states as far
away as Alabama were brought here to be released. The birds were then
targeted by hunters, with obviously nothing better to do during their free
time than kill harmless and helpless animals.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife is in the business to
sell hunting permits, and they will manipulate hunted animal populations by
breeding them, clear cutting tracts of forest to increase their food supply,
and killing off their natural predators. Because the Division needs to sell
more than $10 million in hunting licenses and permits just to cover the
salaries of its employees, they will stop at virtually nothing to ensure an
overabundance of animals to hunt - even if that means they have to breed
Help stop this maddening slaughter of New Jersey's native
animals. Reject the pro-hunting, anti-wildlife propaganda spewed forth by
the arrogant Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Contact the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting at
845-256-1400 and help to eradicate the cancer of hunting once and for all.
Joe Miele, Vice President
New Jersey Field Office
The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662