Campaigns face off in Idaho 2012 hunting amendment debate

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July 2, 2012

Idaho

BOISE, Idaho: An Idaho Hunting and Fishing Amendment will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Idaho. The measure would add to the Idaho Constitution the right to hunt, fish and trap in the state. According to reports, the sponsor of the measure is State Senator Lee Heider, who introduced the measure during 2012 state legislative session.[1]

The campaigning for and against the measure is in full swing, as opponents claim that the measure would allow for the torturing of animals in the state.

According to Idahoans Against Trapping chairman Greg Moore, "Due to the inclusion of trapping in the amendment, if it passes, then torturing wild animals to death will have been declared legal in Idaho forever."

On the other side of the argument, State Senator Lee Heider, author of the amendment stated, "I don't think anybody delights in being cruel,” Heider said. “To make an animal suffer, that's just not something we do. The original mountain men, the original Idahoans, were much more involved in trapping, and that's why they came out here.”[2]

The amendment is one of five ballot measures on the Idaho statewide ballot this fall.

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