4:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

"Right to Hunt" Measure Clears Indiana Senate

Indiana voters would decide in next year's election whether to add the right to hunt, fish and farm to the state constitution under a proposal approved by state senators.

The Indiana Senate voted 38-10 today  in favor of the proposed amendment. It would go before voters in the 2014 general election if the House also approves the proposal.

Indiana would join 17 other states, including Kentucky, with similar constitutional protections for hunting and fishing. Supporters say the measures are needed because those activities are threatened by animal-rights activists.

One other state has a constitutional right to farming.

Democratic Sen. Greg Taylor of Indianapolis opposes the amendment. He says it is unnecessary because hunting and farming are already protected by state law and that no one is trying to change that.