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Indiana Supreme Court Refuses to Protect Wildlife in Canned Hunts

Indiana Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Appeal of Captive Hunting Case

An Indiana Supreme Court ruling has now legalized captive hunting in Indiana. The Indiana Supreme Court denied the State’s request to hear an appeal of a case between the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and White Bluff, LLC, a captive hunting ranch. Erin Huang, Indiana State Director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

"The Humane Society of the United States is very disappointed that the Supreme Court did not recognize the flaws in the Court of Appeals decision, and will not be examining this case further. The lower court’s decision contains dangerous ramifications for wildlife all throughout the state. Captive hunting facilities lack any element of fair chase and create breeding grounds for disease, such as chronic wasting disease. These facilities don’t line up with Hoosier’s values, and we believe that this decision clears the stage for the legislature to take swift and strong action to ban captive hunting ranches in Indiana.” 

In 2005, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued an emergency rule banning captive hunts, but a lawsuit filed by captive hunt operators stalled enforcement of the ban. A handful of captive hunt facilities continue to operate in Indiana under an injunction. After two courts issued conflicting decisions, a recent Court of Appeals decision ruled in favor of the captive hunt facilities, and declared that the DNR did not have the authority to ban such operations.

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 240-778-5545


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