February 27, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Issues Statement Regarding Poaching Arrests at Indiana Hunting Facility
Andrew Page, senior director of the Wildlife Abuse campaign for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to Thursday’s raid of an alleged illegal hunting operation in Clay County, Ind.:
"The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Clay County Prosecutors Office for cracking down on alleged poaching crimes committed at Prairie Grove Hunting Preserve, a pay-to-shoot facility for farm-reared game birds. The HSUS urges law enforcement to continue to aggressively investigate, and if warranted, prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.
Illegal hunting crimes are not only devastating to wildlife, but also pose a grave risk to public safety. Immobilizing animals with spotlights and shooting them at night near public roads is not only incredibly unsporting, it could kill someone. With the help of citizens who report suspected wildlife violations to the state’s tip line (1-800-TIP-IDNR), Indiana conservation officers are on the front lines of the valiant effort to apprehend and bring to justice those who wantonly exploit wild animals.”
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