"I see almost all animals are struggling on Earth and I try to do
something for them as much as possible.” -- cyclist Ozgur Nevres **
“Rally,” “protest,” whatever you call it, it means a demonstration against New Jersey’s projected October and December bear hunts -- and Governor Phil Murphy’s broken promise to end these barbaric trophy-hunting charades.
From noon-2 pm this coming Saturday, Sept. 22, is the day to tell governor Murphy that bear hunts must stop -- as candidate Murphy had promised would happen! The summer demonstration in the governor’s home town of Middletown drew around 200 people to remind him of his promise.
But neither it nor billboards nor beach fly-overs persuaded him to honor his commitment. So the protests continue, with this weekend’s event organized by the Animal Protection League of NJ (APLNJ.org).
The hope is for people to come to Princeton to demonstrate at Drumthwacket, the governor’s official residence. They will rally near the mansion, on Rt. 206 (aka Stockton St.), protesting both bear hunts and Murphy’s unkept promise to end them.
Activists’ signs and various other messages will aim to remind the governor -- as well as residents, drivers and pedestrians in the area -- of his broken promise, one he could still keep to protect our bears.
Attempting to please both activists and hunters, Governor Murphy’s banning of bear hunts only on state lands in no way suffices to save bears. They can still be baited (a horrible practice, illegal elsewhere), stalked and shot on private, county, municipal and federal land, where most bears have been killed.
And, despite what some of his people claim, the governor can stop them on all New Jersey lands -- if he chooses to. For specifics, use this link, to APLNJ’s website.
Dogs , Cats & Hurricane Florence
Media stories have abounded about animals rescued from the ravages of Hurricane Florence. Certainly, people are much more into providing for and saving animals, including sheltering them, than was the case during Katrina. That’s good.
To make things even better, though, how about (1) hurricane warnings that automatically include reminders to prepare for animals too; evacuating with pets and assuring shelter for them; (2) moving horses and other livestock out of harm’s way when possible or at least moving them to higher ground, hopefully with shelter included?
A wonderful photo on the front page of Monday’s Times of Trenton showed a North Carolina man being rescued from floodwaters. Sitting on his shoulder: a dear little (all-wet) kitten, named “Survivor.” Tear-inducing.
|Tony Alsup pic|
Before Hurricane Florence hit the South Carolina coast, Tony Alsup filled his bus-ark with shelter animals and drove them for care, sheltering and eventual adoption to southern Alabama. He’s been doing this since Hurricane Harvey, and plans to continue transporting animals who might otherwise be trapped.
“I’m like, look, these are lives too. Animals -- especially shelter pets -- they always have to take the back seat of the bus. But I’ll give them their own bus.” --Tony Alsup
Saluting these and all such heroes for animals!
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