Wildlife Watching vs. Hunting
The number of people who enjoy observing and learning about wildlife is growing steadily and has already surpassed the number of hunters and revenues generated by them.
In the most recent survey, the “2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation,” resident hunters in New Jersey spent $115,797,000. Wildlife watching participants which numbered 1,875,000 strong, spent $986,278,000. Clearly, the wildlife watchers outspent hunters 8.5 to 1, generating far more revenues for New Jersey businesses.
The means for generating revenues for New Jersey is to recognize and accommodate this escalating trend. With its focus on hunting, the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife is fast becoming unsustainable and a drain on New Jersey taxpayers.
New Jersey businesses should also take note and shift their product lines toward wildlife watching activities. This is good for the state, wildlife watchers, NJ businesses and great for wildlife.
Join us for 1) better representation for all New Jersey citizens who have a vested interest in wildlife issues, 2) modernization of the NJ Fish and Game Council, 3) the formation of a Wildlife Council and 4) promoting legislation that preserves wildlife and their habitat, and nurtures a peaceful and non-violent approach to wildlife management objectives.
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