Vin Gopal wins LD11!
League of Humane Voters of New Jersey Endorsements
November 7, 2017 Election Day
We're all in for Vin Gopal for State
Senate in District 11
The following towns are in District
Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold, Interlaken, Loch Arbour,
Neptune, Ocean Township (Monmouth), Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, Long
Branch and West Long Branch.
Vin Gopal Supports
S2750/A4407: Legislation that bans the manufacture, sale, possession,
importation, transportation, or use of certain traps. In 2015, the Fish and
Game Council "regulated" types of spring-loaded, steel-jawed leghold traps
banned by the Legislature in 1984.
S2702/A4285 "Pedals' Law":
prohibits hunting and establishes non-lethal control program for black bear
for five years; prohibits certain actions that result in feeding of bears
and requires use of bear-resistant containers; dumpsters, and food boxes in
A2178 "Nosey's Law": prohibits use of exotic species
in traveling animal acts.
A2410/A3899: This bill would prohibit a person from
performing, or causing to be performing a declawing procedure by any means
on a cat or other animal, unless the procedure is deemed necessary for a
therapeutic purpose by a licensed veterinarian.
additional requirements for operation and oversight of animal shelters,
pounds, kennels operating as shelters or pounds, and veterinary holding
facilities. Shelters and pounds should be caring, safe havens for animals in
need with a life-affirming mission reflecting the humane values of the
State's citizens, residents, and taxpayers.
"Pet Groomers Licensing Act" designated as
"Bijou's Law": Long, overdue legislation needed to license individuals who
groom animals. This will help prevent injuries and deaths to pets as a
result of grooming.
"Pet Purchase Protection Act" to establish new requirements for pet dealers
and pet shops. The bill prohibits any pet dealer from selling or purchasing
for resale any cat or dog bred, raised, transferred, or brokered by any
person, including the pet dealer's own cats or dogs, if the person:
is not in compliance with Department of Health
is not in possession of a current federal license issued by the USDA
is not in possession of all other licenses required for a breeder
has been cited on one or more USDA inspection reports
directly or indirectly obtained the cat or dog from a breeder, broker, or
other person, firm, corporation, or organization cited for these violations
or is not in compliance with the other requirements
Vin Gopal Opposes
S761/A4160: This bill
essentially makes it even worse for deer in New Jersey, as it extends
poaching practices long deemed unethical, unsporting and unsafe (killing
animals directly over bait, jacklighting, or stunning deer with strong
lights, and shooting from vehicles), on forest stewardship lands. The
venison donation program is cover.
S761/A4160: Removes statutory
limitation on number of permits that may be issued by Division of Fish and
Wildlife to kill beavers. Currently, the maximum is 200 (8 beavers per
Permits commercial logging of our state
forests, primarily for hunted species and timber. As noted by the 40
scientists who signed a letter against the original version of the
legislation, logging will "grow the deer herd even more." Logging isn't
about the golden warbler. It's part of an effort to get commercial logging
of state forests for an industry/conservation coalition.
Vin Gopal's Opponent Beck supported:
Sunday hunting for bow
In 2008, she voted for Sunday hunting with bows and
arrows. The bill became law in 2009.
Reducing safety buffer to
In 2010, Senator Beck voted to release the bill in
the committee that allowed the legislature to reduce the safety buffer of
450 feet to 150 feet for bow hunters. She voted against it on the Senate
floor, but the damage was done by releasing it from the committee. This bill
Logging New Jersey Forests
In 2012, Senator Beck voted to log our state forests
under the pretense of creating a forest stewardship program. She voted the
bill out of committee, then voted yes on the Senate floor. The bill was
vetoed by Governor Christie because he was opposed the bill's naming of the
a third party to manage New Jersey's forests. to a third party, Forest
against animals on average about 56%
of the time.
VOTE FOR VIN GOPAL ON NOVEMBER 7, 2017