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The Hunter Harassment Law: Why It Must Be Annulled
As managing editor of The C.A.S.H. Courier, the newsletter of the
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting, Anne Muller has received reports from
landowners in many different states of Hunter Harassment Law abuse.
Landowners who told hunters to leave their property were charged with hunter
harassment. The law amounts to a backdoor taking of property, and violates
First and Fourth Amendment Rights. This panel provides the first public
exposure of hunter harassment abuse of regular citizens who had no
connection with the animal rights community — until they fell victim. They
could not get help from law enforcement officials who had charged them with
the crime, nor from the courts that upheld the charges, nor from their
neighbors who, in some instances, had caused the abuse. The Hunter
Harassment Law must be annulled. The first step is….exposure.
Kathy Andrews lives in South Carolina. She is an award winning
journalist and a former reporter and anchor with BET, WJLA-TV (ABC) in D.C.,
and PBS. She works for a university in S.C.
Kathy’s dream was to return to S.C. to live on her family’s farm.
That dream turned into a nightmare as hunters trespassed and terrorized
Kathy with gunfire after she complained to police. Kathy was arrested
for removing a tracking dog collar from a hunting dog on her property after
local authorities advised her she needed proof of trespassing hunters.
Today, Kathy is an outspoken voice against hunting and hunter harassment.
Jan Haagensen lives in Pennsylvania. She was an English teacher prior
to getting her law degree. She specialized in environmental and civil rights
cases, and lived quietly on a farm in Pennsylvania UNTIL the local hunters
decided to invade her home ground. Because her family resisted any and
all attacks on the creatures with whom they shared their lives, the local
hunters would not leave them alone. Jan was ultimately arrested and charged
with nine different “crimes” as defined by the PA hunter harassment
statute, basically because she insisted that the police stop hunters from
trespassing. She has had to spend years appealing her original convictions
and is presently in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the
harassment law; she is also seeking damages for the harm inflicted on her by
the State Police, Game Commission, and law-breaking hunters.
Terri MacKenzie lives in Michigan. She has two bachelor’s degrees,
one from the University of Minnesota in Social Work, and the other in
Special Education from Western Michigan University. She has a master’s
degree from Concordia University. She served two years as a volunteer for
the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Police Reserve Division. She owns a house with
10 acres and an additional 5 acres of leased power line property. Voicing
the regular concerns about safety of her family and companion animals on her
property during hunting season, she became a victim of the hunter harassment
law. Fighting these charges will cost her both time and money. The Hunter
Harassment law was used as a club against her for trying to keep her family
out of danger.
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