Antis Plan to Stop Bear Hunt


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Animal Rights Groups Plan to Stop Bear Hunt

October 4, 2010

For Immediate Release,
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, Belmar, NJ

Below is an announced plan to stop New Jersey's black bear hunt by two animal rights organizations.

Readers should keep in mind as they read the plan that although the organizations reference a recent study by Dr. Edward Tavss, Dr. Tavss' PhD is in physical-organic chemistry and not wildlife management or wildlife biology. His past works on black bears do not appear to have been subjected to scholarly peer review, which "requires a community of experts in a narrowly defined field, who are qualified and able to perform impartial review. Peer review is generally considered essential to academic quality, and used in most important scientific publications."

The plan also states that the during the Black Bear Management Policy Comment Period 9,287 comments were received and 6,484 (70%) were against the hunt. It should be noted that of the 6484 comments against the hunt more than 3,000 were reported to have been submitted by the Humane Society of the United States from their membership ranks, without signatures and apparently without the knowledge of those whose names were submitted.

Finally, the animal rights extremists make a claim (below) that "the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife,
in conjunction with the NJ Fish and Game Council sabotaged, manipulated, and lied to NJ residents about black bears to garner support for their brutal hunt." Readers should note that the Anti Defamation League lists the Executive Director of one of the organizations making the claim as a press officer of a "growing group of tested, well-spoken above ground activists who will provide the media with information regarding actions by the underground, along with explanations of their ideology and philosophy." The ADL continues, "the press office is not limited to speaking on behalf of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), the nation's most active extreme animal rights movement. The press officers are associated with other animal rights groups, both mainstream and more militant, like Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) and the Animal Defense League."

Below is the message from BEAR Group and APLNJ (formerly New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance) to stop the bear hunt:


NJ - There are Only 63 Days Left to Save Our Bears

Dear Members, Supporters and Friends,

There are Only 63 Days Left to Save Our Bears
Two critical actions to do immediately - NEW INFORMATION BELOW

Today, representatives from the Coalition to Protect New Jersey Black
Bears are meeting with Robert Martin (Commissioner, Department
of Environmental Protection) and his chief of staff, Magdalena Padilla.

Today also marks the day when Dr. Edward Tavss' study is being

This week, we will be releasing every scandal involved with Black Bear
management in New Jersey. How the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife,
in conjunction with the NJ Fish and Game Council sabotaged,
manipulated, and lied to NJ residents about black bears to garner
support for their brutal hunt.


Dr. Ed Tavss' Study
In a study released today, Rutgers University Professor Dr. Edward
Tavss states, contrary to what the NJ Division of Wildlife (DFW) claims,
bear nuisance complaints in New Jersey have significantly declined.
The Tavss Study took 5 months and utilized 4700 records obtained
by the DFW through the Open Public Records Act.

Dr. Tavss study is here:
or here:
The Press Release is here:

Please help us publicize Ed Tavss' study. Write about this in your
letters to the editor. (See number 2 below.)

The Governor
Governor Christie HAS the power to stop the bear hunt. In 2000,
Governor Whitman stopped the hunt a few days before it was due
to begin. We must remind the Governor how much support bears
have in our state. The actions below are CRITICAL! We are asking you
to help us make a huge statement for bears over the coming weeks.
We MUST make bears the Number 1 issue in New Jersey. We need
your help to do this. Please forward this alert to everyone you know.

October 4 - October 9:

1. Please call, write, fax, webmail or write Governor Christie EVERY
single day.
Be polite, but firm. Do not allow them to switch you to another
department. Please let us know if you encounter any problems.

CALL: 609-292-6000
FAX: 609-292-3454
(pick Environment, then Fish and Wildlife)

Governor Christie
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625-0001

Talking points:

1. Please read Ed's Tavss' report on his study. Please read the
press release. This conclusively proves the nuisance complaints
went down, so Christie's justification for a hunt is unfounded. Even
if nuisance complaints went up, the hunt will NOT solve problems.
Learn all you can. Time is running out.

2. The Division of Fish and Wildlife, along with the NJ Fish and Game
Council not only sabotaged nonlethal black bear management, but
deliberately inflated the nuisance complaints.

3. Ask the Governor to STOP the hunt. He has several options,
several ways he can do this without much political backlash. Millions
of NJ residents are against this hunt and will be outraged and
devastated if it goes through.

2. Please write a short "letter to the editor" to your local newspaper
about Dr. Ed Tavss' study. Locate their contact information below.
Include your name, address and phone number for verification
purposes. NOTE: Everyone reads the letters section in their local
and weekly papers. We cannot reach everyone by e-mail, so it is
critical that we keep the issue alive in the newspapers. If you have
a local paper you'd like us to include in future alerts, please send
us the contact information.

In the meantime, APLNJ and the BEAR Group's efforts will continue,
grow and expand - as needed. Please look forward to additional
alerts, rallies planned, etc. in the upcoming weeks. Please see below
for a sampling of what we've done to date, things in progress and
things planned.

We are also open to suggestions and welcome input from

Janet Piszar, BEAR Group Executive Director
Angi Metler, APLNJ Executive Director
3601 Highway 66, PO Box 1550, Neptune, NJ 07754
Fax: 732-643-4014

100 E Commerce St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Fax: 856-455-2633

4284 Route 130 North, Willingboro, NJ 08046
Fax: 609-871-0490
bctletters@phillyburbs .com

1201 Route 22 West, PO Box 6600, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Fax: 908-707-3273

891 E Oak Rd., Vineland, NJ 08360
Fax: 856-563-5308

800 Jefferson Rd., PO Box 217, Parsippany, NJ 07054-0217
Fax: 973-428-6666

30 North 4th St., PO Box 391, Easton, PA 18020
Fax: 610-258-0988

309 Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096
Fax: 856-845-5480

1 Garret Mountain Plaza, PO Box 471, West Paterson, NJ 07424-0471
Fax: 732-565-7208

30 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Fax: 201-693-9531

1 Garret Mountain Plaza
PO Box 471 Woodland Park NJ 07424-0471

WEEKLY PAPERS: (We depend on our supporters to help us
list local newspapers.)

PO Box 976
Hewitt NJ 07421

20 West Avenue
NY NY 10918
West Milford Messenger|West Milford,local news,calendar|events

505-509 Main Street
Butler NJ 07405

Past, Current and Present Initiatives
- Lawsuit covering the following
a) 2010 Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP)
violates the Administrative Procedures Act and is arbitrary and
b) The Fish and Game Council violated the Open Public Meetings
Act and created the 2010 CBBMP in secret.
c) The Division of Fish and Wildlife was derelict in its duties when
it failed to file annual reports to the legislature, as required by statute.
- Educational billboards - ongoing
- Governmental administrative meeting requests with one in progress
- Strengthened, updated, and communicated with the Coalition to
Protect NJ Black Bears - now 800,000 NJ residents strong
- Rallies - Planning several to take place throughout Bear Country. We
will need maximum participation. Please look for future alerts...
- Black Bear Management Policy Comment Period: Out of 9,287
comments received, a whopping 6,484 (70%) were against the hunt
- Exposing the fact that this hunt will cost $600,000. Our efforts to
obtain the budget and how they are paying for this have been
stonewalled by the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
- Attended game code meeting (September 14, 2010) as a stakeholder.
More to report later.
- Held a press conference on June 7, 2010 at the state house for bears
- Contacted every newspaper editorial board and provided information
about bears, DFW information, etc.
- Bear Faxes are sent to every legislator, bear town mayors, etc.
- New website/blog in development
- Ed Tavss Study disproves state's claim about bear nuisance complaints

End of message

Anthony P. Mauro, Sr
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Environmental Projects

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