NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and the Fish and Game Council (Council) have complete authority over all wildlife in New Jersey. They are responsible for killing over a million animals annually in our state.
DFW is a state agency under the Department of Environmental Protection and is regulated under Title 13 and 23 in New Jersey Laws and Statutes.
Myth: According to the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s website, their mission is to “…protect and manage the State's fish and wildlife to maximize their long-term biological, recreational and economic values for all New Jerseyans.” Their goals include fostering a positive human/wildlife co-existence, maintaining fish and wildlife at stable, healthy levels and to protect and enhance the many habitats on which they depend.
Fact: This state agency operates for the sole benefit of their constituents (hunters, fishers, and trappers), who represent less than 1% of the state’s population. DFW protects animals for hunters and trappers to kill, they manage habitats by burning and cutting to increase huntable animals, and they malign and promote negative attitudes about animals to garner support for lethal management objectives.
To pay the salaries of its employees, DFW is funded primarily (1/4 comes from NJ’s treasury) from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, related stamps and permits, and federal matching funds. Do you know of any other state agency in New Jersey that was created for less than 1% of our citizens?
This arrangement has caused a conflict of interest because the state agency that could be protecting wildlife instead relies on revenue generated from their slaughter to insure its very existence. Mandated to provide “recreational” services to less than 1% of New Jersey’s population, the DFW acts more like a private hunting club than a state agency.
We welcome and encourage you to join our mission for 1) better representation for all New Jersey citizens who have an interest in wildlife issues, 2) modernization of the NJ Fish and Game Council, 3) the formation of a Wildlife Council and 4) promoting legislation that preserves wildlife and their habitat, and nurtures a peaceful and non-violent approach to wildlife management objectives.
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