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Please Help Our Taxidermy Industry In New Jersey!

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by John Janelli, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. John Janelli

    John Janelli New Member

    Call for International, National, and/or State Taxidermists Organizations, Tanneries, Supply Companies, Shippers, Brokers, Hunters and TAXIDERMISTS to Challenge Legality of New Jersey Trophy Import Ban;

    New Jersey recently passed a law banning the import, transport, or possession of African elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino trophies -- even when those trophies are imported under federal ESA permits and CITES permits. Conservation Force, a non-profit law firm and charitable foundation, is challenging this law under a provision of the Endangered Species Act which voids state laws that prohibit conduct authorized by federal permits or regulations.
    Conservation Force seeks potential plaintiffs or declarants for the suit who are injured by this trophy ban, such as hunters who now cannot import their trophies, or taxidermists and related entities who will lose business. Conservation Force's work is all pro bono, so there is no cost to the plaintiffs or declarants. You will be asked to sign a legal declaration attesting to the injuries you will suffer under the ban, and that document will be filed with the court.

    Any interested parties affected by the ban is encouraged contact Conservation Force at 504-837-1233 or send an email to [email protected]
  2. Joe Kish

    Joe Kish Well-Known Member

    On first view it would appear this is only a New Jersey problem. But previous posts indicated that New York and Connecticut are on the same glide path.

    Experience teaches that elected officials invariably take and assume as much power over the people’s rights and property as the people can stand and will allow regardless of their rights, common law, or even moral integrity on the part of elected officials. Once career politicians achieve elected office they forget about their DUTY to those who put them in office, dishonor their oaths, and operate as though they were the masters and We the People the servants. It is in the nature of the political class to do so. (Follow the money, eh?)

    A New Jersey legislature that would presume it can override federal law and your governor who would sanction such special interest law-making by signing such legislation is a typical example of political incompetence and corruption at its finest in a state which arguably could have written the book on corrupt politics.*

    I checked out Conservation Force and it’s the genuine article and possibly the leader in the arena of conservation interests and activities. Nevertheless I doubt that your state taxidermy club will step forward as a body, align itself with and support CF’s mission. I can imagine a president of the Garden State Taxidermy Association saying something like, “Most of our members don’t do lions and elephants and rhinos.” But if those Jersey outfits that do, and their clients that have that category of trophies do not jump in and support Conservation Force in its efforts to void Jersey’s unconstitutional law-making, they can expect that swarms of Jersey state police will soon be ransacking their homes and businesses to confiscate even the odd toenail of an African lion.

    Pay attention everyone. This scenario could soon be coming to a state near you.

    *A Chinese saying goes, “All crows are black.” Meaning all governments are the same.

  3. AZ~Rich

    AZ~Rich " Africa" never fails to satisfy

    What is the update on the law? I thought Christie after his initial veto had written 8 or 9 stipulations regarding the law which all had to be approved by the legislature in order for him to sign it.
  4. Christy signed them into law several weeks ago. Many of us who knew about it wrote letters directly to Christy and have yet to receive a response.

    Many CITES aniamls are stuck in other states the NJ may never get them. SCI does nto seem to be working very hard on a remedy either.

    It just damn puzzling how a state can write a law about an animal that does not exist in that state.

    Aslo the Case knife folks have hit a rock, they have for many years used mammoth and Mastodon Ivory on certain collectors knofes and some idiot in the Federal government managed a rule again stating that use of endangered mammoth and mastodon ivory is a crime.

    It may be easier to tget the African governments to put pressure on the states to remedy the problem, in a letter to Donald Trump jr. I requested that he rememdy these problems should his father become elected.

    Folks you have to write write write, not email but snail mail that will clog the system of their offices.
  5. John Janelli

    John Janelli New Member

    Several interesting posts from Accurate Reloading:

  6. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    Conservation Force has defeated the import ban in N.J., a giant thanks to all involved for making this happen.
  7. J Kelly

    J Kelly Member

    A HUGE thanks has to go out to Conservation Force and Regina Lennox for her hard work to get this matter taken care of!!
  8. John Janelli

    John Janelli New Member

    The United Taxidermists Association publicly and on record did just that today Jim, at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies annual meetings currently being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Having the honor today of working and sitting side by side with this dynamo conservation activist, John Jackson III, at the Sustainable Use of Wildlife Committee round table is nothing short of a sheer honor and privilege to say the least. Representing the UTA for our entire industry there and now is equally as honorable. Being given numerous opportunities to speak about and promote taxidermy to the hundreds of exceptional professionals that attend these most imperative gatherings was done on your behalf, whether you're a pro or rank amateur, is certainly a humbling experience no doubt. More meetings tomorrow, more interests obtained for all taxidermists. Precisely what a conservation minded international trade organization such as the UTA is doing.

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  9. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    Thanks to you also John, you had a voice in getting the folks rallied up to get this done.
  10. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    Good job , John . Thank You !