When Hoosiers go to the polls on November 8, they will get to vote on an amendment to our state constitution. The “Right to Hunt and Fish” measure is worded in a way to trick Hoosiers into supporting it. Many people will see it and think that the right to hunt and fish is being challenged, but that isn’t the case. The amendment (read the full measure HERE ) is extremely dangerous in several ways.
When you think of the constitution, most people think of things like the right to free speech, the right to vote, the right to a speedy trial or protection from illegal search and seizure. This amendment would place the right to hunt and fish (things that are already legal) in the same category as your other inalienable rights.
The amendment states that hunting and fishing will be the “preferred method of wildlife management” in Indiana. This would seem to place hunting legally ahead of non-lethal forms of wildlife management (relocation, fencing, contraception, etc) and may interfere in future efforts to find new ways to manage our wildlife.
The amendment may also limit the ability of local municipalities to pass their own laws to protect wildlife in their area as they see fit.
The National Rifle Association has been pushing these amendments in many states. Sport hunting and fishing in Indiana is nearly a $1 billion dollar per year industry. Whereas most people agree with the industry being regulated, the NRA and other organizations oppose ANY restriction or regulation placed on hunting at all. That is the real reason behind this bill. Your legislators have let you down by shoving this amendment down your throat at the behest of the NRA lobbyists. What is worse is that the measure, as worded on the ballot, is extremely deceptive and doesn’t tell the whole story. Don’t let them take control of our constitution for their own benefit. Please vote NO on public question #1 in November.