On February 11, the Indiana Senate voted 38-10 in favor of a constitutional amendment that would guarantee residents the “right to hunt and fish.” A joint resolution (SJR 7) authored by Indiana state Sen. Brent Steele “provides that the people have a right to hunt, fish, harvest game, or engage in the agricultural or commercial production of meat, fish, poultry, or dairy products … (and) that hunting and fishing are the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.”
If approved by Indiana’s House of Representatives, the proposed constitutional amendment would be put to the state’s voters during the 2014 elections. Similar ballot measures, about which I wrote in my November 6, 2012, commentary, were approved during the 2012 elections by voters in Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
The Post-Tribune reported that “Steele worries the ability to hunt, fish and raise animals on farms is under threat from creeping influence of animal rights organizations” and quoted Steele as saying, “fishing, hunting and farming are parts of our heritage in Indiana, and all are under attack.”
An Associated Press report published in The Courier-Journal indicated that state “Sen. Greg Taylor … voted against the proposed amendment, saying it was unnecessary because hunting and farming are already protected by state law and that no one is trying to change that.”
Taylor was quoted in the Associated Press report as saying, “I just wonder why we’re doing these things … There hasn’t been one state in the country to make it illegal to hunt and fish.”
Steele’s proposed constitutional amendment is little more than an attempt to plant yet another bloodstained flag in the primordial ooze that the drooling class calls home. Steele and his knuckle-dragging ilk have no interest in claiming a place on the moral high ground. Unfortunately, the bastards are just too shamelessly lazy to extricate themselves from the fetid muck.
Ultimately, what the Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved was a pact to remain unevolved.