Support Pedals’ Law (A2455)
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UPDATE: Pedals’ Law was recently reintroduced in the Assembly by Annette Quijano (D-20) who is the Deputy Majority Leader in the Assembly. Please sign this petition to help us build momentum for Pedals' Law.
History: Pedals was an injured docile bi-pedal New Jersey black bear who was adored by all. He touched the hearts of millions of people and even walked like a human. It is very sad that Pedals was a victim of the 2016 New Jersey October bow hunt. It's a simple fact, bear hunting is trophy hunting. In 2015, the DFW drastically expanded the bear hunt to include killing more than one bear, raised the number of bear hunting permits to 11,000, added more regions throughout New Jersey, added a whole new season in October, added bows, and increased the hunt up to 10 days in December. Governor Murphy promised to place a moratorium on the bear hunt, but Pedals' Law is still an important measure.
For decades, it has been known that the only successful way to reduce conflicts and complaints is to restrict bears access to unnatural food sources. When bears live on naturally sourced food, their fertility rate declines as their population growth rate is commensurate with the food and available habitat. Fewer bears are born and an older breeding age result in a population of bears who rarely come into contact with people because they are staying in their natural habitat. Hunting does not reduce bear complaints, causes fights among neighbors, and is cruel to bears.
Pedals is a black bear ambassador for all black bears. In honor of Pedals, we have created “Pedals’ Law” (A2455) a law that will protect all New Jersey black bears. The law will end bear hunts for five years while a non-lethal bear control program is implemented, it will require the use of bear resistance containers in bear habitat areas, and prohibit bear feeding and deer baiting in bear habitat. Please support this law.
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