You have my posts and know what to do.Here what the antis have been doing. NOTE: NJARA, HSUS, SIERRA, etc. working together. Call or email your assemblyperson first thing this morning!
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009, 12:50 PM
Dear Activist, Two bills are coming up for a hearing on Monday, March 16th, one in the Assembly and one in the Senate that would EXPAND hunting opportunities in NJ. Both these bills put the safety of the general public at risk. During hunting season, there would be NO DAY that the public could use a State Park without the threat of being shot by a projectile. One bill would allow for SUNDAY bow-hunting (currently there is NO hunting anywhere in NJ on Sundays) and the other would allow for a reduced safety buffer (from 450 feet down to 150 feet ---a 66% REDUCTION for bow hunting!).
There is an effort to form a coalition of ALL groups that would oppose these bills.... Please write to Angi Metler: email@example.com
or call (732) 266-8310 if you belong to a group who would join in the coalition OR know of any group that might. We hope that groups such as PTAs, organizations for gun control, environmental groups, hiker groups, scouting groups, etc. etc. will jump on board. PLEASE consider this a top priority as the time frame is extremely short...AND these bills, if passed, would have profound negative consequences. Once the door is opened for Sunday hunting on state owned property, they will also eventually seek Sunday hunting on municipal and private properties. Thank you, profuselyJanet
We've been given great advice (thanks, Sue Russell) to get as many
contacts from different interest groups, (trail groups, Sierra,
Christian, HSUS, etc.) and go public with the press and legislature
as soon as possible to combat this.
Sue has graciously offered to make a cold call to the Metro desk at
the New York Times.
Stu Chaifetz is reaching out to the Majority Office to discuss how
these bills came up when there was virtually no public support for
them prior to the Adler scandal. (Janine - call me on this.)
NJARA is sending letters to every legislator in Trenton opposing
this, sending press releases, reaching out to HSUS and PETA and will
continue to write alerts.
Please send out alerts to all of your contacts too. If anyone is on
Facebook, Twitter, etc., please put this out there too. At this time,
NJARA cannot handle the Facebook community and other on-line contact groups.
In the meantime, we need more group names would would oppose this. We
have the names and numbers of all the groups HSUS used the last time,
but we need more. Please get us Christian group name and contacts,
hiking groups name and contacts, horse groups, etc. Think hard,
reach out to them, and get back to us ASAP.
Just so you know, we were told back in February, that it was believed
these bills were not going anywhere and they were likely dead. Even
though we were somewhat relieved, we continued to move forward on
getting a full-time paid lobbyist to help all animal groups in our
state. To that end, we have a meeting on April 7, 2009 at 10am with them.
Furthermore, we are also working on the possibility of opening up a
chapter of the League of Humane Voters in NJ to work in conjunction
with the paid lobbyist and have a meeting set for this coming Sunday
to explore this.
If I missed someone who should have been sent this notice, please forward.
If you are a representative of a group, please send your own press
release out on this issue and please also send out letters to all of
the legislators. NJARA can fax these for you once written.
Thanks in advance for all your help and assistance. Thanks to
everyone who has already forwarded our alerts.
If anyone needs to reach me today, please call my cell phone at 732-266-8310.