Hunters have slaughtered 432 bears during New Jersey’s expanded black bear hunt underway this week. And the bloodshed is slated to continued Dec. 5-10 when the firearm-only season for bear hunting this year will take place. We need our New Jersey supporters to move legislation forward that would end this needless assault on bears – despite Gov. Christie’s inclination to veto it.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak has introduced legislation, S2702, that would end the bear hunts for five years while a non-lethal program is implemented; prohibit bear feeding and dear baiting in bear habitats; and require residents to use bear resistant containers in neighborhoods in bear habitat. It will be voted on Monday, October 17th in the Senate Economic Growth Committee before it can head to the entire Senate floor so contact members of the committee and tell them to votes yes to S2702. Do this today, please!

You can reach members of the Economic Growth Committee here:

Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez: email ; phone: (856) 541-1251

Sen. Joseph Kyrillos: email ; phone: (732) 671-3206

Sen. Steven Oroho: email ; phone: (973) 300-0200

Sen. Jim Whelan: email: ; phone: (609) 383-1388

While we have your attention, please sign a petition at a NJ legsilator’s page to pass Nosey’s Law, S2508, which would ban the use of elephants in traveling acts in NJ.  Nosey is the captive elephant owned by Hugo Liebel ( and miserably treated in a traveling circus.  There’s also pressure on the USDA to have Nosey released to a sanctuary. Please also contact your senators and representatives and ask them to support Nosey’s Law as well.