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Hunting a Constitutional Right?

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of hunters in the United States has been declining heavily over the past few decades; and hunters currently only account for approximately 4 percent of the nation's population. Yet, this 4% has been has been fighting hard to keep their barbaric hobby legal. Before this November's elections, ten states had listed hunting a legal right in their state constitutions... practically making the right to kill animals just as important as freedom of speech or religion. Four more states had similar measures on their 2010 ballots, three of which -- Arkansas, Tennessee, and South Carolina -- passed.

Vermont started the trend back in 1777 when hunting was a household's primary source of food. But today (233 years later) with grocery stores, city living, increased scientific knowledge and an understanding of wildlife conservation, hunting is becoming more and more and thing of the past. These constitutional amendments now put us back a step, making it difficult for management agencies to protect wildlife and more acceptable to ignore science. Even many groups and individuals who support hunting still feel it's not a privilege that belongs in the constitution.



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