Friday, May 04, 2012

In Lacey Township Has Government Finally Gone Too Far?

Since when did anyone give up their right to what they do in their own yard?

Lacey Township Mayor and Committee have introduced a modified ordinance changing the “Peace and Good Order,” Chapter 265 of the township code to now include a Wildlife Feeding Regulation. The Ordinance will be heard on Thursday, May 10, and read during the township meeting which will make it a law. 
The argument of the township is that this is a necessary measure to control the wild goose population that has been a part of Lacey for over 20 years. At this point anyone feeding “wildlife” in either public or on their private property can be fined $100 to $1,250., jailed for up to 90 days, or be sentenced to community service or any combination the judge wishes. 
Many residents are upset, and of course they are lining up on both sides of the fence. Those in favor claiming the goose poop is an annoyance, unsanitary, and bad for the environment.Yet they fail to see that these lakes are teeming with wildlife.To put it nicely poop is in the water  geese or not. If you're going to swim in a lake that is real you're going to have all sorts of animals that will use it as their toilet. So frankly that argument really holds no water. 
 There is also the position that unequivocally you shouldn’t feed wildlife.That it disrupts their habitat and the ecosystem. Unfortunately they are correct but the damage is done, man is here to stay and animals do adapt, and adjust. We can either learn to live side by side or continue being those selfish uptight people, and look at stuffed ones at a museum because we were too ignorant to leave something alone. 
My mother has been feeding the wild ducks, geese, and even swans in the winter months since they moved here, they come in the fall and they leave in the spring. They were here before she came and will be here long after she is gone. Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that the natural habitats for many of these animals is disappearing at such a rate that frankly if people like my mom, and others who feed the wildlife stopped it could very well be disastrous for the animals. 
Those against  this ordinance, are upset that the wildlife they have fed seasonally and for pleasure for years now is going to be a crime.Why should what you do in your own yard be a crime for anyone. Especially feeding animals.  
I don’t know about you but that just seems a bit silly and extreme. I have no problem with the township wanting to clean up the lakes, but there are other ways. 
The Lakes were cranberry bogs that where flooded to make the lakes they now are.These animals have come here for a long time, one could even say they are already a sanctuary. To give you a better picture of this Lacey Township is surrounded by the Pine Barrens a natural preserve. So these lakes do attract Canadian geese, swans, and many ducks indigenous to the New Jersey Shore, birds that migrate through here each year. 
Canadian geese are a problem, but it is one that they need to find another way to deal with it. Stopping people from feeding them is not going to make them go away. They have been a problem for over 40 years.
So instead of adding to the problem, get off your couch on Thursday May 10 come out to the township meeting,let them know how you feel, and keep the township out of your back yard, only by standing up and directly addressing it can we make a difference.  

To view a copy of the ordinance, you can find it as a readable pdf file on the Laceypatch. 

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