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URGENT & IMMEDIATE: November 16 Deadline, Ban “Penning” in Indiana

November 15, 2010

Immediate, please click on the following to sign: Ban “Penning” in Indiana

From PETA & Indiana Coyote Rescue Center


The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (INRC) is considering a petition to ban cruel wildlife penning in Indiana. The commission will discuss this matter on November 16!

“Penning” is a blood sport that involves trapping and dumping foxes and coyotes into fenced enclosures and releasing packs of frantic dogs into the pens. The terrified wild animals are terrorized to the point of exhaustion, cornered, and often torn to shreds. Survivors suffer through this horror again and again, and the events can last for days. But the terror begins weeks earlier when the animals are snared and removed from their habitats and families and then transported.

Warning, the following contains graphic images and language:

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PRESS RELEASE FROM: Indiana Coyote Rescue Center

In September, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to ban permanently penning, the practice of training dogs to chase and kill foxes and coyotes within enclosures. Several states including NC and SC are considering similar action.

It appears that Indiana’s captive wildlife may not be so fortunate.

On Nov.16, the IN Natural Resources Commission will address a proposal to establish regulations governing the one penning operation in the state, which has been investigated by the DNR and is expected to be licensed   According to Linnea Petercheff, operations staff specialist with the IN Div. Of Fish and Wildlife, “Regulations will provide for the welfare of the coyote as well as provide for fair chase and prevent new pens from opening.”  Opponents of penning see it differently. They point to photos, undercover videotapes and eyewitness accounts of captive coyotes and foxes being released into pens, chased, caught and torn to shreds by frenzied dogs.

Providing live bait for this sport are the trappers, some of whom claim to have been offered $200 for a live coyote while pelts may sell for $12. The trade in live bait is so lucrative that in 2008, a cooperative seven-state raid of traffickers illegally shipping animals across state lines to penning facilities resulted in 18 arrests,  Animals confiscated in the raid included 25 coyotes, 55 foxes, and 2 bobcats   Also found were 33 cardinals and a moonshine still. This defies trappers’ claims that most animals survive the hunt.Coyotes, foxes and raccoons are trapped alive; some injured in the process, caged, trucked and sold to penning operators.  Traumatized, they cower in cramped pens until released before a baying mob of hounds.  Comments on trapper websites indicate that the animals are sometimes wounded to ensure capture by the dogs.   Field trials may last two and three days as the victims seek shelter in unfamiliar territory.

The DNR’s stated concerns about penning include lack of fair chase, and disease transmission between captive and wild animals within enclosures which poses a significant threat to both the wild populations and human beings.  It encourages illegal activities in trafficking from other states.  KY and OH wildlife officials have relayed concerns to Indiana’s DNR about the transportation of wildlife across state lines. Other concerns include privatization and commercialism of wild animals, hunter ethics and public perception and funding for enforcement.  Federal funds from the Pittman-Robertson Act that support DNR activities are ineligible for use in regulating and inspecting services and property of material value to individuals or groups for commercial purposes.  This means that IN taxpayers will be picking up some of the tab for monitoring the running pens.  We will be paying for this small percent of IN Hoosiers who participate in this “blood sport” to kill our wildlife.

At the March NRC meeting, the DNR was against the running pens operating in IN.  Since then, for some reason, they have reversed their thinking. The brutality of penning plus lack of intelligent wildlife practice should ensure that dog-training enclosures are outlawed throughout IN.

Public comments will be heard at the Nov. 16, 10a.m., NRC meeting to be held at The Garrison at FT Harrison State Park. Although this is a public meeting, the public does not have a right to be heard.  Who may comment is at the discretion of Mr. Poynter, chairman of the Commission.


Please don’t forget to click on the following and sign, thank you: Ban “Penning” in Indiana

Additional Contact Information if You Prefer the Following:

Please call or write to the INRC today! Please let officials know that you support a complete ban on the cruel penning of wildlife in Indiana.

Indiana Natural Resources Commission
Indiana Government Center North
100 N. Senate Ave., Rm. N501
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-233-2977 (fax)

Please also consider attending the commission meeting to speak in favor of the proposed ban on wildlife pens:

Date: November 16, 2010
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: The Garrison (ballroom)
Fort Harrison State Park
6002 N. Post Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46216


how sick is this sh*t
what manner of mutant
thought of it?
how would a human being
if locked in a pen
terror surreal
waiting to be
ripped asunder
what dark cloud is man
travelling under?

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

7 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 15, 2010 3:35 pm

    how sick is this sh*t
    what manner of mutant
    thought of it?
    how would a human being
    if locked in a pen
    terror surreal
    waiting to be
    ripped asunder
    what dark cloud is man
    travelling under?


  2. Mrs. Barbara D. Irwin permalink
    November 15, 2010 7:19 pm

    After, reading, the contents, of this information!! I, am in complete support, of stopping Penning in The State of Indiana!!


  3. November 16, 2010 1:14 am

    I cannot perceive how anyone would possibly want to take part in such a disgustingly cruel action.
    There seems to be so much injustice in this world that it is surprising that man has existed for so long.


  4. Lynn Porter permalink
    November 16, 2010 4:32 am

    Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy. Matthew 5:7

    What goes around comes around.

    Horror given, horror received. This is the law.


  5. LoVegan permalink
    November 16, 2010 10:00 am

    Thank you very much Stacey! Signed, shared on FB & Twitter, sent invitations. Crossing paws and fingers


  6. Dianne Hillier permalink
    November 17, 2010 4:05 am

    The Buddhist doctrine of KARMA teaches us that any wrong behaviour will have to be PAID for in a future life – so cruel acts to animals should be avoided. Putting oneself in the place of the other, Let no one kill nor cause another to kill. Dhammapada 129.

    Among the sentient, there are no second-class citizens. According to Buddhist teaching, human beings do not have a privileged, special place above and beyond that of the rest of life. The world is not a creation specifically for the benefit and pleasure of human beings. Furthermore, in some circumstances according with their karma, humans can be reborn as humans and animals can be reborn as humans. In Buddhism the most fundamental guideline for conduct is ahimsa-the prohibition against the bringing of harm and/or death to any living being.

    We should nurture compassionate thought. Since we wish to live, we should not kill any other living being. Furthermore, the karma of killing is understood as the root of all suffering and the fundamental cause of sickness and war, and the forces of killing are explicitly identified with the demonic. The highest and most universal ideal of Buddhism is to work unceasingly for permanent end to the suffering of all living beings, not just humans.


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