new jersey LEGISLATION
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PRIORITY LEGISLATION – SUPPORT
S687: Senator Raymond Lesniak’s Bear Smart legislation prohibits feeding of black bears and requires use of bear-resistant containers, dumpsters, or food boxes in certain areas located in bear habitat. The legislation also bans all baiting in bear habitat. ACTION: Please contact your state Senator to sign on as co-sponsor to this vital legislation.
PRIORITY LEGISLATION – OPPOSE
S761 and A4160: Permits certain deer control activities, prohibits deer feeding; and establishes check-off donation on hunting license applications to support venison donation program. S761/A4160 are ghastly bills that makes it even worse for already beleaguered deer in New Jersey. S761/A4160 will extend poaching practices long deemed unethical, unsporting and unsafe (killing animals directly over bait, jacklighting, or stunning deer with strong lights, and shooting from vehicles), on forest stewardship lands. ACTION: Please contact your state Senator and Assembly members and ask for a NO vote if/when the bill is posted for a vote.
A1505 and S768: Will permit commercial logging of our state forests, primarily for hunted species and timber. ACTION: Please contact your two state Assembly members and Senator and ask for a NO vote if the bill is posted for a vote.
As noted by the 40 scientists who signed a letter against the original version of the legislation, logging will "grow the deer herd even more."
- There was no need to turn mature forests into early successional landscapes, which are already "plentiful."
- Contiguous forests, which do not support large numbers of deer, are not plentiful.
- The claim that a "healthy forest" must be logged and managed "is based simply on outdated, unscientific folklore."
The late addition of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards to placate opponents changes none of the above, key objections. The prestigious Swedish Society for Nature Conservation left FSC in 2010, stating that "FSC-certified companies violate Swedish forestry law and the FSC standard. Numerous forests with great importance for nature conservation are being logged at an alarming rate, even by companies certified by Forest Stewardship Council… We refuse further greenwashing under the FSC logotype."
Among rationales offered to justify commercial logging is fire prevention. Logging reduces forest canopy cover, causing more sunlight to reach the forest floor, which results in rapid growth of flammable brush and creates hotter, drier conditions.
LEGISLATION – SUPPORT
A201/S1545: Requires court to issue animal protective orders against persons found guilty of abusing animals. The bill is awaiting action by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Economic Growth Committee. ACTION: Please contact your two state Assembly members and state Senator to SUPPORT this legislation.
S1145: Prohibits possession and sale of shark fins. The bill is awaiting action in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
A2905: The "Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Act" establishes licensure requirements for wildlife rehabilitators, a Wildlife Rehabilitation Board and continuing education requirements and permit program for wildlife rehabilitators. The bill is awaiting action in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
LEGISLATION – OPPOSE
S1842/A2903: Establishes licensing program in Department of Agriculture for farmed deer and other cervids. The bill is awaiting action in the Senate Economic Growth Committee and the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
A1882: Authorizes deer hunting with firearm on Sundays on private property. The bill is awaiting action in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
ACR12: Proposes constitutional amendment to preserve right of people to fish, hunt, trap and harvest fish and wildlife. This bill is awaiting action by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
SCR22: Proposes constitutional amendment to preserve right of people to fish, hunt, trap and harvest fish and wildlife. This bill is awaiting action by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
A2402: Increases minimum civil fine from not less than $100 to $250 for harassing person taking wildlife and increases criminal penalty for subsequent offenses. Under this bill, a subsequent offender would be committing a disorderly persons office, punishable by imprisonment for up to six months, a fine up to $1,000, or both imprisonment and a fine. The bill is awaiting action by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
A2785: Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns for fish and wildlife management and conservation. The bill is awaiting action by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.