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DEC Must Allow Non-Hunters to Serve on their Advisory Board

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​Astonishing fact: The purpose of the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation advisory board is to make recommendations to state agencies on state government plans, policies, and programs affecting fish and wildlife​; and un​der current law you must be a licensed hunter to serve on this board - for an agency ​created ​"to protect New York State's wild animal populations​."​​​ This outrageous ​requirement must change!

"At the time of designation, board members must hold a valid New York state hunting, fishing or trapping license andhave held one three years prior."

Senator Tony Avella​ has introduced bill​ S33​2​7/ A6519 which ​mandates non-hunters be allowed to serve on the DEC advisory board; it states​:

The purpose of the board is to make recommendations to state agencies on  policies and programs affecting wildlife. These​ goals can be more adequately met by making the mandatory hunting license requirement discretionary,  diversifying the board with designees of experience beyond the scope of hunting.

Please Sign this petition now to change this awful law

This law as it stands guarantees a deadly outcome for wildlife.     ​T​he people who kill for ​fun and ​sport are the only decision makers, all others are barred -  ​the fox is​ guarding​ the hen house.  The public assumes those in charge are 'experts' ​and t​he 'conservation' aspect of the DEC has been totally obliterated.  Wildlife 'management' has been a​n unmitigated disaster​ for wildli​fe  - including the proposed killing of all swans in NYS!

Th​is law is potentially unconstitutional ​and unjustifiable​; ​ it discriminates against people protective of wildlife who don't hold a license to kill​.​ ​A blatantly biased law like this would never be passed for people; ​please ​stand up for wildlife by supporting ​bill ​ ​S33​2​7/ A6519​. Send emails in support to Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie - Speaker@​ 

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