TRENTON, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- Yesterday, in an act to defy responsible committee oversight and conventional wildlife management methods, state senator, Raymond J. Lesniak (D), used his position as committee chairman to circumvent the expertise of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and have an animal rights bill heard in his own committee (Senate Economic Committee) to ensure the bill was passed.
The Bill S2369 ( http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/S2500/2369_I1.HTM ) was presented as under the guise of “Black Bears-Prohibited. Feeding” was described as:
“Requires use of bear-resistant containers, dumpsters, or food boxes in certain areas located in black bear habitat under certain circumstances, including garbage collection, and prohibits certain actions that would result in feeding of black bears.
Budget and Appropriations “
But then goes on to include:
b. Subsection a. of this section shall not apply [in the case of an unintentional feeding of a black bear. “Unintentional feeding “means using or placing any material for a purpose other than to attract or entice black bears but which results in the attraction or enticement of a black bear, and shall include but need not be limited to the use and placement of bait for deer in accordance with section 1 of P.L.1997, c.424 (C.23:4-24.4)
Animal rights groups Humane Society United States and NJ Sierra Club are behind the bill.
The bill would unilaterally remove deer baiting as a wildlife management tool, potentially throughout New Jersey.Anthony P. Mauro
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