Wild Parrots in New Jersey Need Your Help!
I'm reposting this from Alison Evans-Fragale, a great friend to the wild parrots that live in New Jersey.
Please folks -- it only takes a minute to send an e-mail message or make a call to one of the NJ reps listed below (many of whom already support the wild parrots but won't move without hearing a chorus of public support for our remarkable avian friends) :
To All Friends of the New Jersey Wild Parrots:
Time is running out for Bill S1768, which seeks to de-list Monk Parakeets (aka Quaker Parrots) from New Jersey's list of potentially dangerous species. There are only two dates left in this session for the bill to be heard: December 3rd and January 6th! If it is not heard, the birds' status as "pests" will remain unchanged, meaning they can be eradicated at any time and that their humane treatment is not ensured. It would also mean that we would have to start the legislative process all over again, beginning in the committees.
I have it on good authority that the bill may be heard, but the Senate Environment Committee needs to hear from us to make it happen.
Please take a minute of your time and send a letter to the Senators, whose names and contact info are listed below, and ask them to post Bill S1768 for a hearing.
Here is a sample letter you can copy and paste:
Dear Senator __________,
As a resident of __________, I urge you to post Bill S1768 for a hearing, and cast your vote to de-list Monk Parakeets from the potentially dangerous species list.
There is no evidence supporting their place on this list, and they bring many American citizens, like me, great joy.
As long as they remain on the list, humane treatment of the birds is not insured, and the birds can be indiscriminately killed. It is in your power to prevent this awful practice.
PLEASE send your letters and/or e-mail messages to:
Senator Richard Codey
449 Mount Pleasant Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: (973) 731-6770
Fax: (973) 731-0647
Senator Bob Smith
Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee
216 Stelton Road, Suite E-5, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Senator Stephen Sweeney
Vice-Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee
935 Kings Highway, Suite 400
Thorofare, NJ 08086
Phone: (856) 251-9801
Fax: (856) 251-9752
Senator John Adler
1916 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Phone: (856) 489-3442
Fax: (856) 428-1358
Senator Andrew Ciesla
852 Highway 70
Brick, NJ 08724
Phone: (732) 840-9028
Fax: (732) 840-9757
Senator Henry McNamara
191 Godwin Ave.
P.O. Box 68
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Phone: (201) 848-9600
Your letters and calls count! The Senators need to hear from you (even if you do not live in NJ) to determine if this bill is important to their constituents and other states with populations of wild Monk Parakeets, so please make the effort to contact them! Send an e-mail, a letter, a fax, or call today--before it is too late! Your voice matters!
Please forward this info to anyone you think may want to help.
Thank you, in advance, for your kind efforts to save Edgewater's wild parrots.
Alison Evans-Fragale RN, MSN, CFNP,CLNC
Phone: (201) 735-0076
Fax: (201) 763-0087
Labels: New Jersey Parrots