Vote NO on HJR 2!

The Idaho Legislature last session passed a resolution (HJR 2) to place on the ballot in November a proposed amendment to the state Constitution to guarantee rights to hunt, fish and trap. This is a pointless and frivolous use of the Idaho Constitution. There are no threats to people’s rights to hunt or fish in Idaho. The Constitution should be reserved for protecting basic human rights that affect all citizens. Those include our freedoms of speech, assembly and religion. Specific recreational pursuits do not fall into that category. This amendment sets a bad precedent for changing the Constitution to benefit special interests.

If HJR 2 is defeated, existing rights to hunt, fish and trap will remain in effect.

The intent of this proposed amendment is to eliminate the right of Idaho citizens to decide wildlife issues by majority vote. Its passage would take those decisions out of the Legislature and the initiative process and put them in the courts. State laws pertaining to wildlife would be regularly challenged as unconstitutional. Judges would be saddled with the difficult task of determining where regulation ends and prohibition begins.The rights of our children and grandchildren to weigh in on these issues will have been eliminated.

The proposed amendment includes a forever-guaranteed right to trap. While both hunters and fishermen kill their catches quickly, trapping is a cruel way to kill animals. An animal caught in a leghold trap can suffer for days trying to wrench itself free before the trapper arrives to beat it to death or to stomp on its chest and suffocate it. Animals caught under water struggle frantically before they drown. About 40,000 animals die in Idaho this way every year.


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6 Responses to Vote NO on HJR 2!

  1. Jaci Wilkins says:

    Please vote against HJR2. Amending the Idaho constitution to forever allow trapping of animals is a misuse of the constituitonal process. We have professional biologists and the Fish and Game Department that are more qualified to make these decisions. Moreover, the citizens of Idaho should have the right to bring initiatives to decide these issues.

    For most hunters the fair chase of game is the reason for hunting. Trapping is in no way a fair chase and is a cruel and inhumane way to kill an animal

  2. Marylyn Pauley says:

    Trapping is cruel and dnagerous to pets, too.

  3. April Lane says:

    Trapping is cruel and inhumane, and should be banned-WILL be banned! Those who trap have little to no regard for the pain and suffering their activities cause. How can this activity continue? From your neighbors in Montana, please Idahoans-vote ‘no’ on this issue-tell your legislature that you have the right to shape policies in your great state-the ballot initiative is YOUR voice! If you truly DON’T believe in big government, then you should vote NO on this-this is the same as BIG GOVERNMENT taking away your POWER OF FREE SPEECH!!!!

  4. Valerie Harris says:

    How barbaric is putting any creature in killing trap, reminds me of the way people were treated in the middle ages.

  5. Mary Witzel says:

    It’s time Idaho came into the year 2012 and realized the horror of trapping.
    Whatsoever you do to the least of my creatures… do unto Me

    NO HJR2

  6. Suzanne Gooch says:

    Trapping is a barbaric, indiscriminate and cruel practice that ought to be forever banned. Human beings can and ought to evolve beyond this reprehensible activity. Please vote not against HRJ2.

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