PUBLIC TRUST Wildlife Management
Commands broad public representation for
lawful jurisdiction in the creation of
PO Box 646
Chatham, NJ 07928
fax (973) 467-2189
management of the publicly owned wildlife resource must not remain
in the hands
of a privileged few, driven by their special interest to create shootable surplus for recreational hunting”
Janet Piszar, Founder
PUBLIC TRUST Doctrine (PTD) asserts that natural resources are
publicly owned and held in trust for all citizens.
This avows that no sovereign government included—can
own public assets. These resources/assets include oceans, designated ocean
fronts, rivers, natural gas, wildlife, etc.
tenents of the PTD are deeply rooted in history. They date back to
ancient Rome and were adopted by the British Empire in the 13th
century via the Magna Carta or “Great Charter.” This Charter carried over the United States and is the
antecedent to our national and state constitutions.
range wildlife are considered to be
publicly owned resources whereby every resident and
citizen is an equal proprietor and stakeholder.
wildlife and game animals are a publicly owned resource, they are
under the statutory control of a small and shrinking special
N.J.S.A. 13:1B-24 dictates that the wildlife trustees, the
Fish and Game Council, be a
body of eleven members.
Six are hunters, three are farmers --also hunters.
The remaining two members are the chair of the Endangered
and Non-Game Species Committee, and a person knowledgeable in land
are New Jersey statutes able to countermand this basic doctrine?
Marion Clawson wrote the foreword to Doe Day: The Antlerless
Deer Controversy in New Jersey.
In a historical
perspective, she recorded that,
“These interest groups have
taken over this function
in large part,
because of the general
disinterest of the public.”
the trustee membership is narrow, biased and without regard for
disparate public views and values, as per the spirit of the PTD.
Council members are not democratically elected to represent
the broad populace who are
equally entitled as joint owners of the wildlife resource.
for decades in NJ, citizens have shown themselves to be
exceedingly interested in wildlife and attempt to influence
Stakeholders participate within the established system of public
hearings, public comment periods, and unsolicited correspondence.
These prove to be consistently inconsequential, even when
the majority opinions submitted dissent to proposed wildlife
policy. Yet, on two
separate occasions, one hunter’s request resulted in policy
changes in the Game Code, demonstrating prejudicial adoption.
majority of stakeholders have protested hunters’ special interest
control in all ways:
lawsuits, legislation, public demonstrations, even civil
Historically and today, NJ statutes violate
both the spirit
of the PTD. One
proof is in N.J.S.A.
23:1B-25 that calls for the
“broadest representation of sportsmen” but eliminates
representation of the majority of joint owners---the non-hunting
violations to the PTD
regarding wildlife management are not just about wildlife.
It is about severely
flawed government. The failure of NJ to meet its obligations
to the PTD resonates at the foundation of
The failure of NJ to give broad representation to wildlife
policy perpetuates the unjust privilege that was granted over a
hundred years ago to hunters and farmers.
Those historic reasons why hunters and farmers were given
authority over wildlife no longer exist and can no longer be
no longer tolerate this severely
flawed inequity; the
statues are indisputably archaic and undemocratic.
Since 2004, all NJ taxpayers fund the management of
wildlife, yet 99% have no consequential voice in policy making.
proof of violation to the PTD is that policy made by hunters for
hunters fails to manage wildlife for the public benefit—the basis
of PTD. This is proved
by their management of deer for population increase and
stabilization in 59% of Deer Management Zones (DMZ).
The Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) objective is for
hunter success, satisfaction and economic gain.
The DFW is dependent upon
hunting license revenue to fund the hunter-controlled agencies to
continue to finance recreational hunting activities.
By maintaining this priority, the DFW has proven its
disregard for: public
the economic loss of crops, nursery inventory, private
landscaping, the ecological imbalance in forests, etc. etc.
Richard Epstein quotes in, “The Public Trust:
Expectations must be
deemed to change as time, circumstances and the public attitude
change, and expectations which might have been reasonable at
one time can cease to be reasonable.”
PUBLIC TRUST Wildlife Management aims for state wildlife management
reflective of democracy and public opinion, bona fide science and
PUBLIC TRUST Wildlife Management will expose and amend the
entrenched undemocratic, legal, political, traditional, archaic
biases and impropriety.
PUBLIC TRUST Wildlife Management enacts research/investigations,
public education, lobbying, legal petitions and other initiatives
to achieve its mission.
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appreciated; send to:
Coalition for Animals
Chatham, NJ, 07928
PTWM in memo
“Nothing is stronger than an
idea whose time has come”