End Live Bait Dog Training In Indiana

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Originally Posted: 3 March 2010

End Live Bait Dog Training In Indiana

FROM Kinship Circle

Take action to stop this profoundly cruel blood sport now.

Running pen operations pit a pack of dogs against a single wild-caught coyote or fox as a form of hunt training for the dogs. The coyote or fox has nowhere to run and is mauled. With hunter's comprising less than 5% of Indiana's population, we can be louder.

CONTACT

Sign an online petition

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

EVERYONE, CONTACT:
Indiana Natural Resources Commission
Indiana Government Center North
100 N. Senate Avenue, Room N501 / Indianapolis, IN 46204-2200
fax: 317-233-2977
Jennifer Kane: 317-232-4699, jkane@nrc.in.gov
Sandra Jensen: 317-232-4229, sjensen@nrc.in.gov
contact form: http://www.in.gov/nrc/2351.htm

Office of Governor Mitch Daniels
200 W Washington St # 206 / Indianapolis, IN 46204-2731
ph: 317-232-4567; email: mdaniels@gov.in.gov
contact form: http://www.in.gov/gov/2631.htm

INDIANA RESIDENTS ONLY:
Attend and testify at the INRC hearing on 3/16/10 in Indianapolis where Commissioners may opt to move forward with Citizen petitions and take action via formal rulemaking procedures. We need a good showing at this hearing! Hearing Time: March 16, 2010 / 9:00am Place: Fort Harrison State Park Inn, Roosevelt Room / Indianapolis, IN
More Info: http://www.in.gov./nrc/2354.htm

*****EMAIL ADDRESSES FROM ABOVE*****
jkane@nrc.in.gov, sjensen@nrc.in.gov, mdaniels@gov.in.gov

SAMPLE LETTER FOR TALKING POINTS / USE YOUR OWN WORDS

Dear Indiana Natural Resources Commission and Governor Mitch Daniels:

My comments pertain to citizen petitions that seek to ban use of coyotes and red foxes in "penning" and as bait. I urge INRC to advance the rulemaking procedure that would disallow entrapment, harassment and slaughter of coyotes and foxes at running pen operations. I also hope Governor Daniels asserts his authority to put a stop to this inhumane activity.

As you know, "penning" entails the trapping, sale or barter of coyotes and foxes to hound hunting facilities. Wild-caught canids are penned separately, so that multiple dogs can literally rip apart a single coyote or fox. It is hard to believe that a blood sport similar to illegal dog or cockfighting is still legal in Indiana.

To deliberately torture a wild animal under the guise of "sport" is not only grotesque -- but also ecologically irresponsible. Furthermore, the transport of wild animals slated for penning has been linked with transmission of rabies and other diseases.

On March 16, 2010, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources conveys results from its assessment of hunting/trapping regulations related to coyotes and foxes. This report covers penning.

Wildlife enthusiasts far outnumber hunters, who comprise less than 5% of Indiana's population. I encourage INRC and Governor Daniels to weigh these petitions, from your citizens, and advocate an end to the capture of foxes and coyotes to use as training bait for dogs.

Thank you...


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