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Monday, February 17, 2014

Environment - "Don’t let legislators decriminalize poaching"

That is the headline to this letter that appeared Sunday in the Indianapolis Star, signed by Jeff Wells, President, Indiana Conservation Officers Organization. It begins:

A bill is moving through the Indiana General Assembly to decriminalize the unlawful taking of our fish and wildlife resources. Senate Bill 52 would reduce the majority of fish and wildlife crimes to mere civil infractions. Our natural resources deserve better protection. Hoosiers of all backgrounds hold these resources in much higher esteem. Poachers are thieves who steal our property out of greed and financial gain. An act of theft warrants appropriate punishment.
ILB: There is not only this concern, but that of SJR 9, the constitutional amendment on "Right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife." - Both are authored by Senator Steele. An untrammeled right?

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 17, 2014 01:03 PM
Posted to Environment