FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2013
Contact: Barbara Simpson, Executive Director Indiana Wildlife Federation
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Three of the leading statewide conservation organizations in Indiana, The Indiana Wildlife Federation, the Indiana Deer Hunters Association, and The Wildlife Society, Indiana Chapter, have filed an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief supporting Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s appeal of the Harrison County Court decision that erroneously concluded canned hunting is legal and privately owned deer cannot be regulated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
“The law is clear. Shooting captive-raised deer in pens - canned hunting – is illegal, and we’re glad to see Attorney General Zoeller taking action to reinforce this once and for all,” said Barbara Simpson, Executive Director of the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Glenn Lange of The Wildlife Society added that, “canned hunting operations violate the long standing North American Model of Wildlife Conservation that holds wildlife are a public trust held by the state for all citizens-not a privileged few.” The Indiana Deer Hunters Association advocates ethical hunting practices, and opposes shooting captive deer that have no opportunity to escape. “Canned hunting is an unethical practice that gives reputable fair-chase hunters a bad name and hunting a bad image,” said Joe Bacon, President of the Indiana Deer Hunters Association. “We’re also very concerned about the threat of disease that could spread to the wild deer herd, especially chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis, that’s associated with these types of operations,” stressed Lange.
A summary of the amicus brief points out the following:
These simple points above clearly show that Indiana law does not allow canned hunting and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has authority to regulate privately owned wild animals. We are confident the Appellate Court will find in favor of the IDNR and the debate around what the law does and does not allow will finally be put to rest. Canned hunting is and always has been illegal in Indiana.
Special thanks and appreciation go to Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, and Jon Laramore, Partner, for the assistance in the preparation of this brief.
Click here for the complete amicus brief supporting DNR filed on behalf of IWF, Indiana Deer Hunters Association, and Indiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society. To read the complete DNR brief click here.
Indiana Wildlife Federation
Chairman, Conservation Affairs Committee
The Wildlife Society, Indiana Chapter
Indiana Deer Hunters Association