Arizona, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee may join the ten states that already have provisions in their constitutions to protect hunting and fishing. Sadly, my home state of Virginia is among those states that already has a constitutional hunting and fishing amendment (however it was passed long before I was old enough to vote so I can’t be blamed).
In Arizona, the measure – called Proposition 109 – is backed by people like Democratic state senator Steve Faris who thinks of Prop 109 as an “insurance policy” against future electorates or judges who may try to place restrictions on hunting or fishing. It also goes without saying that the NRA is lobbying hard for Prop 109.
Measures like this one may purport to be about enshrining traditional American culture, or defending individual liberties, or championing states’ rights, or any of a number of things, but really these measures are just frivolous attempts to codify a cultural standard that is slowly but surely fading away.
For proponents, Prop 109 is about defending their leisure activities. For some opponents, hunting is equivalent to murder and so having a constitutional amendment protecting murder seems exceptionally distasteful. But even if I wasn’t vegan, even if I was a hunter, the idea of amending the constitution to protect a recreational activity seems more than a little ridiculous.
Some opponents point to the less obvious components of Prop 109 for clues as to the real issues at stake. In Arizona, there have been several ballot measures in recent years that focused around hunting and animal welfare, none of them going in the hunters’ favor. Prop 109 would do more than simply guarantee that people can hunt, it would weaken the AZ Fish and Game Commission and make it more difficult to pass further animal welfare ballot measures.
The “sport” of hunting is a reprehensible bloodbath where one party is armed with camouflage, guns, tracking equipment, scopes, pheromones, and night vision, and the other party is unaware they are in the game.
Hunters are never in danger in the woods from the animals they hunt, and in the capitol they aren’t in danger from animal rights groups — none of which have ever tried to pass a ban on hunting.
If you live in Arizona, Arkansas, South Carolina or Tennessee make sure you’re at the polls in November to vote No on Proposition 109. Take a stand against frivolous and ridiculous legislation and say no to constitutionally protected murder.
Hunting is not a sport, it’s murder just the same as when a scientist kills a monkey, a slaughterhouse worker kills a cow, or a circus trainer kills an elephant. Go vegan and stand against all violence and exploitation of animals.