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APLNJ celebrates 35 years of advocating for animals

At APLNJ, we are honored to be working for animals, and the public’s support makes it possible.

No other group – state or national – gets down to the grassroots level to advocate for animals in New Jersey’s towns and cities the way APLNJ does.

Help APLNJ continue to advocate for bears, deer, geese and other wildlife; help community cats; speak out for wild animals in circuses and much more. Become a supporter today.

Boy Can We Talk

And talk, and talk, and talk. APLNJ representatives are available to speak on a variety of topics. APLNJ was invited by the Montclair Environmental Commission to give a talk about deer. Doris Lin Esq., APLNJ Director of Government and Legal Affairs will discuss 21st century nonlethal deer conflict management, highlighting that hunting is a failed experiment, but there are solutions that work. She will be presenting on September 12. Janine Motta, APLNJ Programs Director will be speaking to students at Monmouth University (9/21) and Montclair University (9/26). She will be discussing the ethics of who we eat and why. Elaine Dunn, APLNJ Director of Bear Education, will be speaking at the Schiff Nature Center in Mendham on 9/27 about becoming a Bear Smart Community. If you’d like to have a speaker come to your school, municipality or club, contact Janine by email or at 732-446-6808 x:101.

Governor Murphy’s Misguided Actions Regarding the Bear Hunt

In August, Governor Murphy issued an executive order to stop the black bear hunt on New Jersey state lands. This essentially privatizes black bears for hunters. This as a half-measure and unacceptable.

Despite what he has said (and what he’s being told), he CAN stop the hunt on ALL lands in New Jersey. New Jersey’s governor has broad powers to issue executive orders. He can issue an executive order to stop the hunt. Period. He could also end the hunt by settling the lawsuit filed by Animal Protection League of New Jersey and the League of Humane Voters of New Jersey.  He has options. Read more here.

NJ Animal Cruelty Statutes

Are you familiar with New Jersey’s laws protecting animals? While we often criticize them as limited are, New Jersey ranks second of all 50 states in overall protection, according to an HSUS report. To see the ranking, click here. If you are a New Jersey resident, you should familiarize yourself with our laws. Click here for a complete list.

Protecting the 1984 leghold trap law

New Jersey Senate Bill S179 (Senator Vin Gopal D-11) and Assembly Bill A3110 (Assemblyman Daniel Benson D-14 & Raj Mukherji D-33) would ban the manufacture, sale, possession, importation, transportation, or use of any trap that is a spring-loaded device that restrains an animal by capturing the foot, leg, or other body part, including an enclosed foothold type trap or any other type trap that uses a jaw, arm, bar, cable, or wire to grasp or pin the animal’s foot, leg, or other body part. Read more and get active.

Are you caring for community cats?

Are you involved in Trap-Neuter-Return? Then you need to be a part of our Feral Friends NJ network! It’s our Yahoo group that connects feral cat caregivers all across New Jersey. Get advice, find help, connect with others in your area, find out about free cat food opportunities, become eligible for spay/neuter subsidy and more. Read all about it.

Do you know the answer?

Question: How many hunting days are there in New Jersey? The answer may surprise you. Read more.

It ought to be a law!

APLNJ works with our political sister organization, the League of Humane Voters of New Jersey, to strengthen and enact laws that protect animals. To name a few, we’re lobbying to get Nosey’s Law, Pedals’ Law, and the Trap Ban passed. We are also fighting against harmful legislation – the poaching, logging, and prescribed burning bills.

Cuteness Corner

Most animals caught in killing traps are not as lucky as this little one. What a will to live and a joy for life! Watch here.