The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (INRC) is considering a proposed rule to legalize the practice of coyote/fox "penning" year-round.Penning involves capturing wild coyotes and foxes and then placing them in pens where they are mercilessly chased by packs of hunting dogs. This practice often leads to the coyote or fox being torn apart alive by the dogs. Penning enthusiasts claim the activity trains the dogs to better pursue and hunt foxes and coyotes in the wild.
In contrast, last year, INRC’s counterpart in Florida voted unanimously to permanently ban coyote and fox pens statewide. Contributing to this decision was a combination of public outrage, heightened media exposure, and a multi-state undercover investigation of penning operations which led to the arrest of a dozen people and the issuance of more than forty citations for various violations.
After proposing rules to outlaw this abhorrent practice last year, the INRC reversed itself and is now proposing to legalize coyote/fox penning. Indications are that this switch in position was a result of pressure from pro-gun and pro-penning organizations.
Please send your letter to Governor Mitch Daniels and urge him to prohibit the practice of coyote/fox penning statewide