‘Right to Hunt’ Amendments Pit Gun Rights vs. Animal Welfare

Is a constitutional Right to Hunt even necessary in Pennsylvania? “Over the past two years, bills have appeared in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia…..” but the bill only advanced in WV so far.

Exposing the Big Game

http://www.governing.com/topics/elections/gov-hunting-ballot-measures-alabama-mississippi.html

With backing by the NRA, making hunting a constitutionally protected right has become increasingly popular in the past decade. The latest battlegrounds are Alabama and Mississippi.

by Chris Kardish | September 19, 201430973_4756818474045_484772904_n

If enough Mississippi voters think it’s a good idea support hunting and fishing, they’ll join 17 other states in ensuring constitutional protections for the practices.

So-called “Right to Hunt and Fish” amendments have become increasingly popular in the past decade, as groups like the National Rifle Association have led yearly pushes in states they consider friendly terrain. Their objective: to head off future regulation against hunting and also establish it as the “preferred” means of wildlife population control, as opposed to special forms of contraception and other methods of thinning out herds.

In Alabama, which already has a hunting rights amendment, advocates want to make it even stronger through the ballot box in November. The amendment before…

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