Letters and Opinion

Ban canned hunting

April 6, 2013

The General Assembly is considering legislation that would allow businesses to continue to provide high-paying customers the ability to shoot white-tailed deer within fenced enclosures.

Make no mistake about it. These are not hunting facilities and they pose a serious threat to the health of Indiana’s wild deer population and to Indiana’s real deer hunting economy. That is why the legislation and the facilities are opposed by genuine deer hunting associations and conservation organizations alike.

Typically, a customer (they say “hunter”) selects an animal from a website with unique antlers they want on their wall. The animal is then shipped from whatever state it is located in and released within a fenced enclosure to be shot by the customer at his convenience. This is their definition of “hunting.”

These facilities are suspected in the spread of chronic wasting disease and are often so poorly regulated that their inbred and domesticated deer often escape to pollute the genetics of wild deer populations.

These things are unethical and dangerous to Indiana’s wildlife and hunting economy.
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Jim Sweeney, Schererville

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