Advocating nonlethal solutions to human/animal conflicts isn’t “sentimental” – it’s forward-thinking. And it’s backed by real science.
As reported in the September 20, 2013 edition of Science Magazine, “a growing number of wildlife researchers say that shooting a predator often doesn’t solve the problem, because it merely opens territory to another animal.” source
Conflicts create an opportunity for ecologically (and ethically) sustainable and modern, science-based solutions. Examples: modification or restoration of degraded landscapes that attract Canada geese; tunnels and overpasses for wildlife; beaver bafflers; restricting access to human-derived foods in Bear Smart communities; fences and guard dogs that exclude coyotes and wolves. These, and so many more, are enterprising solutions that address potential conflicts with both knowledge and morality.
Unfortunately, entrenched, hidebound views persist, especially within the wildlife agency-industry-conservation alliance. Clearly, ammunition and gun manufacturers have every interest in advancing lethal, “mow ‘em down” policy.
To no one’s surprise, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Fish and Game Council continue to promote lethal management. The sales pitch instills fear, and portrays wildlife for whom hunting and trapping licenses are sold as pests, reinforcing a 19th century consumptive use philosophy.
Hunting is the past. Currently available nonlethal wildlife technologies and practices are the future. APLNJ works to advance this progressive trend, and we encourage you to get involved.
Project 99 was created to represent the 99.4% of New Jersey’s non-hunting population, and to underscore a shrinking minority’s replete power over public wildlife and public lands.
Join us for 1) better representation for the majority of New Jersey citizens disenfranchised from wildlife policy; 2) modernization of the New Jersey Fish and Game Council; and 3) promotion of legislation that preserves wildlife and habitat, and that challenges an antiquated, self-interest system that values the lives of so-called “game” animals as mere gun fodder.
Support Project 99 by purchasing your very own NJ Non-Hunting License and become a part of the green revolution of our parks and forests. Click here to learn more about our NJ Non-Hunting License.