Indiana Senate leader opposes fenced deer hunting

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The leader of the Indiana Senate says he'll kill an amendment that would allow five fenced deer-hunting preserves around the state to remain open.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne said Thursday he intends to halt efforts to legalize what critics have called "canned hunts."

Long told reporters the preserves where hunters pay for a chance to shoot deer confined inside high fences are not "a good idea for Indiana." He says the practice is neither hunting, nor a form of sport.

Long says he'll remove an amendment to a bill allowing the five game preserves to remain open. A House panel approved that measure on Monday.

The five preserves have remained open under a court injunction.


  • Whatever
    Senator Long is "doing the right thing" because there is no powerful monied lobby to oppose it...I doubt he is listening to his consituency...he is listening to the money...let him do the right thing in both situations...and by the way, I am still happy about the result on canned hunts...I am just far more cynical about his motives for doing so...
  • Sen. Long will kill amendment
    Senator Long says he will kill the bill that would allow the 5 preserves to remain open. Congratulations to Senator Long for listening to his constituents and for doing the right thing on the side of Indiana's wildlife! Thanks Senator Long!
  • so, do nothing?
    So because one of these atrocious practices can be halted, but not both (abusing farm animals), we should do neither? I agree there's greater self interest and bigger lobbying budgets atwork in denying the right to tape animal abuse, but that doesn't absolve Sen Long from doing the right thing.
  • Hunting? Hardly.
    These "hunting" preserves are nothing but places for target shooting farm raised animals. People who frequent such places are likely the same ones you'd find at dog fights; they clearly aren't hunters. And simply because the 5 canned preserves have stayed open just because the DNR lacks the will to close them does not give them any legitimacy. Distilleries had to close when prohibition was enacted, and marijuana growers (once legal in this country) went out of business when laws were passed. Canned killing businesses are grotesque and inhumane and need to be closed, whatever their spurious value to a local economy (which I expect will be diminished, as customers realize that frequenting them is the equivalent of hanging out in an adult bookstore).
  • Nicely written DC Indy
    You nailed it...I agree with you, smells of great hypocrisy...the bill to protect factory farms (where animals are routinely abused)is unconscionable, the canned hunts are abominable (they should be stopped by the way)...but to allow one while killing the other by simply removing it without the chance for it to be voted on (let's just see how many hypocrites there are in that body) is indeed picking winners and losers...5 business owners do not constitute a powerful enough lobby apparently. To our state representatives...do what is right in both instances...
    • Picking Winners and Losers
      I am not a hunter and am not in favor of fenced hunts at all. I completely agree with legislation which prohibits any new ones from being started. Having said that, it is absolutely ridiculous that one elected state senator, Dave Long, has the power, with the stroke of a pen, to put five legal ongoing businesses completely out of business just because he doesn't like what they do. The House approved a grandfather clause which would have allowed the existing camps to continue operating. Remember, they were not doing anything illegal and have certainly invested many thousands of dollars in their businesses. "Canned" hunts may be despicable, but they were legal. The owners who just lost everything were victims of a canned hunt by David Long. This is one of the guys who made it illegal for anyone to film what goes on on a corporate farm, where thousands of animals are routinely abused. What a hypocrite.

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