Bear Hunt Starts in NJ, Protesters Still Whining

Posted by on Dec 05, 2011 at 9:43 am

Same nonsense every year. The state permits a six-day hunt to help thin the bear population and the usual suspects show up to make a nuisance of themselves. I doubt many of these protesters live in bear-infested area, but they can’t be so stupid to think allowing the number of bears to continue to grow is safe for residents. I reside in an area that’s considered suburbia but is very close to the rural areas where the hunt is permitted, and I see bears all the time.

This has to be done, folks, so go find something else to protest.

Animal rights protesters will risk arrest to demonstrate at a bear hunt checking station on Route 23 in Franklin today after the state denied their protest permit, a lawyer for the group said.

The Animal Protection League of New Jersey filed a petition for emergency relief in state appeals court after its application to protest at a bear weighing station in Franklin was denied at 5:15 p.m. Friday, said Doris Lin, an attorney for the group. In the meantime, the group will defy the state and protest at the location as planned, she said.

“People are willing to get arrested to protest against this denial of their speech rights,” Lin said.

Whose rights are being denied? You get all sorts of attention every year and yet the hunt continues. What about the rights of hunters and the residents who have to deal with the animals?

The state Department of Environmental Protection had offered the league protest permits for Whittingham Wild­life Management Area and the Pequest Trout Hatchery. But more hunters take their bears to the Franklin station and more people pass by that location, Lin said.

“I think they’re trying to hide our message and make us seem disorganized by changing the location at the last minute,” Lin said.

Aw, poor things. Here’s an idea: Put on some bear costumes and run around in the woods. See how that works.


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