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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "General Assembly should bag canned hunting"

From an editorial yesterday in the South Bend Tribune yesterday:

The Indiana General Assembly should oppose the adoption of any new rules regulating fenced-in deer hunting. The Agriculture and Natural Resources study committee this summer voted to send the issue to the full legislature for discussion when it begins its next session.

We’ve long opposed fenced hunting preserves for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they raise the threat of spreading chronic wasting disease and tuberculosis to other deer in the state. Some operations even have specially bred deer — such as those with massive genetically-altered racks — shipped in to attract high-dollar paying clients. There have even been reports of some facilities allowing their clients to kill animals remotely via the Internet.

Critics have argued that fenced hunting doesn’t give animals a fair chance to escape and therefore is unsportsmanlike. We think such actions can’t even be called “hunting.” * * *

Hunting is not a right, it’s a privilege. The sport should be regulated by the proper authorities and take place in open space, not confined to fenced land where animals have no chance of eluding their hunter.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 16, 2014 09:03 AM
Posted to Indiana Government