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Posted by urbanjungles on September 01, 2002 at 00:44:31:
In Reply to: Re: Question about laws on Herps!!!! posted by RichB on August 31, 2002 at 19:59:55:
:State of NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection & Energy; Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife makes the laws.
:These guys (NJ Herp Society) are a society/club of fellow keepers of reptiles and amphibians. They don't make the laws.
:They've been very helpful to me in finding the laws that apply to keeping my turtles legally. Fortunately I only had to pay $10 for my permit.
:I guess the money the state collects for permits goes to conservation and protection of native species and habitats (I hope).
Thanks for the good words on the Society Rich. It really is a great organization with alot of wonderful resources, if you live in NJ you NEED to become a member. Only as an organization with a loud but responsible voice will we be heard when impending limitations come our way.
As far as why we have permits, Rich is right. Much of that money goes to conserving wildlife in NJ. I am directly involved in some conservation programs in conjunction with NJF&W through my position as a herpetologist at Liberty Science Center and can vouch for some really wonderful programs going on.
Another reason for having the permit system is so that the state has a reasonable census on the number of captive herps in NJ. They also ensure that animals requiring special care/concern are properly provided for. The laws in NJ do alot of good for our native wildlife but at the same time many of the current restrictions in effect are in dire need of a revision, especially when it comes to keeping herps as pets.
If you care about keeping herps in NJ then you owe it to yourself and your pets to join NJHS so that we can protect our hobby. There's alot I want to do but I need your support.