Indiana Lawmakers Defend Constitutional Right to Hunt, Fish and Farm
Indiana lawmakers believe that organizations like the Humane Society of the United States are aggressively looking to put an end to citizen’s rights to kill wildlife for sport as well as govern the livestock production of area farmers. However, on Monday, a key committee vote took the controversy surrounding the protection of these constitutional rights a giant step closer to becoming untouchable by animal advocacy groups.
In fact, the amendment has already successfully passed one General Assembly, meaning that if the House and Senate give it another green light, the citizens of Indiana will be voting in the 2014 fall election on the constitutional resolution of this matter.
Senator Brent Steele says that not only do people have the right to hunt, fish, harvest game, or involve themselves in the commercial production of meat and dairy products, but it is also a respected part of Indiana heritage – one that should be protected and maintained for future generations.
“Fishing and hunting and farming are part of our heritage in Indiana and are under attack,” said the Senator.
Bob Kraft, director of state government relations for the Indiana Farm Bureau agrees, saying that there are a vast number of individuals in this county doing their best to eliminate meat from the American diet – and that Indiana needs this constitutional amendment as an insurance policy to protect the state against bleeding heart upheaval.
Critics say that some of their livestock concerns have less to do with animal rights and more to do with legitimate health issues that have a tendency to arise from large livestock facilities.
Yet, Senate Joint Resolution 7 was passed unanimously and is now on its way to be heard on the floor of the Senate.