Target: Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, President of New Jersey Senate
Goal: Bring an end to bow-and-arrow hunting of wild bears after more than 487 were killed in less than one week.
About 487 wild bears were killed in New Jersey after five days of bow-and-arrow hunting. This was the first time bow-and-arrow hunting was allowed in the state in over forty years, and another firearms hunt is planned for December.
Such a hunt is not only deadly, but also horrifically inhumane. While the bear population has expanded significantly and it is understandable that citizens fear for their safety in the presence of wild bears, there are ways in which bears and humans can safely coexist. More education is needed, not more death.
The slaughter of the animals in one week was so excessive that, if this hunt continues at the rate it is going, there may be no wild bears left in the state. With an estimated 3,000 bears in New Jersey, the population of wild bears may deplete rapidly should 500 bears be killed every few months. Sign the petition to demand that the bear hunt, especially the bow-and-arrow hunt, be brought to an end.
Dear Senator Sweeney,
Nearly 500 bears were killed in less than a week during New Jersey’s bow-and-arrow hunt. This excessive slaughter seems unreasonable, especially considering another hunt is only weeks away. While it is understandable that the citizens of your state fear for their safety due to the number of bears in the state’s forests, if the bears continue to be killed at this rate, there may not be any more bears in the state left.
A balance must be found between controlling a population and depleting it. I ask that you take action to pass recent legislation posed by several of your fellow senators that would bring an end to the cruel bow-and-arrow bear hunt.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Steve Hillebrand