One of those headlines that grabs your attention. I’ve been living in Jersey for two decades and just now they tell me there’s a tiger bone trade? I wonder if that also went on during Jim McGreevey’s days trolling rest areas.
And no, that headline is not made up. Mark O’Donnell, the partner of disgraced ex-New Jersey governor James McGreevey, has found a cause to call his own: fighting New Jersey’s illegal tiger bone trade, a thing no one knew existed until this WSJ article was published.
O’Donnell, inspired by a National Geographic special about the illicit tiger bone trade—the ingredient is a prized component of traditional Chinese medicine, along with rhino horns and bear bile—is spearheading a bill requiring that the owners of all 24 known tigers in the state submit DNA from the animals, install microchips in their fur and properly dispose of their bodies after death. “It’s not a frivolous bill. It’s not a hobby because I’m bored. It’s a real serious issue,” O’Donnell swears, and no, McGreevey is too busy being ordained as an Episcopalian priest to bother with the cause.