HELP BAN COYOTE & FOX PENNING IN INDIANA
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED!
This past fall, we asked you to express your support of two citizen petitions before the Indiana Natural Resources Commission (INRC) that would disallow running pens in Indiana and stop the killing of foxes and coyotes by dogs. Your letters and efforts made a difference. The INRC responded by directing the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to conduct a comprehensive review of hunting and trapping regulations as they pertain to coyotes and foxes- including the controversial practice of “penning.”
“Penning” involves the trapping, trading and selling of live coyotes and foxes to hound hunting training facilities. The captured wild canids are then released into pens and used to “train” hunting dogs. Considered “sport” – and legal in many states across the Southwest and Midwest – one coyote or fox may be pitted against packs of hound dogs who are released into the pens to pursue the wild animals- domestic canine pitted against wild canine. This practice parallels dog and cock-fighting – activities made illegal in all U.S. states in the last twenty years. Many penned coyotes and foxes are literally torn apart by the dog pack.
Project Coyote and the Animal Welfare Institute strongly condemn coyote/fox penning as both ethically indefensible and ecologically reckless and seek to ban this practice nationwide. Moreover, transporting wild animals for penning purposes has directly led to the spread of rabies and other diseases. See our letter to the INRC supporting a ban on this practice, signed by over 60 scientists/biologists, ethicists, veterinarians, and attorneys.
The IDNR will report on their findings and offer recommendations pertaining to citizen petitions and the overall practice of penning at their March 16, 2010 meeting. Your voice is needed again in support of these citizen petitions PRIOR TO MARCH 16TH!
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To view video clips and photos of this practice see the following links (WARNING: disturbing and graphic content):
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