Senate Committee Advances Right to Hunt, Farm Proposal
The Indiana Senate Agriculture Committee voted Monday to approve a proposed state constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right of Hoosiers to hunt, fish and farm.
The proposal now heads to the full senate.
Senator Brent Steele of Bedford says he sponsored the amendment because farming and hunting are important parts of Indiana's heritage that are threatened by animal-rights activists.
Kim Ferraro of the Hoosier Environmental Council says the group supports the rights of farmers but doesn't believe an industry should have special protection in the state constitution.
If the amendment clears the House and Senate this year it would go before voters in a 2014 statewide referendum.