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Monday, April 28, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Senate chief David Long calls for study of trophy deer industry's disease risks"

Ryan Sabalow of the Indianapolis Star reported Sunday in a long story that begins:

The leader of Indiana's Senate said he's willing to consider closing the state's borders to live-deer imports in the wake of an Indianapolis Star investigation that uncovered a link between the trophy deer-breeding industry and the spread of disease.

State Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, called for a summer study session to discuss the disease risks associated with Indiana's nearly 400 deer farms, and address the decades-long legislative and legal stalemate over high-fence hunting.

"I think the whole issue needs to be analyzed thoroughly," said Long, R-Fort Wayne.

The Star's investigation examined the disease risks and ethical concerns associated with North America's $1 billion captive-deer industry, which breeds animals with freakishly large antlers and ships them to fenced preserves to be shot by hunters willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars for the trophies.

Here is a link to Sabalow's multi-part investigative series earlier this year.

Here is a long list of ILB entries containing the word "deer." The earliest one relvant to the fenced hunting issue is this post from March 25, 2005, quoting a story by Niki Kelly about then pending legislation to strip the DNR of authority " over captive deer, elk and other cervidae livestock operations."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 28, 2014 11:40 AM
Posted to Indiana Government