Idaho- NO on HJR2

Idaho- NO on HJR2

You should have received your Idaho Voter’s Pamphlet in the mail by now. The 43 pages of 12-pt font are a lot to wade through but please make sure that you thoroughly read through Page 4-  H.J.R. 2aa, which is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment also know as the Idaho Hunting and Fishing (and Trapping) Amendment.

The proposed measure would add “the right to hunt, fish and trap, including by the use of traditional methods, are a valued part of the heritage of the State of Idaho and shall forever be preserved for the people…” to the Idaho State Constitution under a New Section #23, to Article 1. Article 1 is a list of 22 very specific rights and privileges that are guaranteed by our state constitution (i.e. INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF MAN).

The freedoms listed under Article 1 are hard fought civil rights that apply to each of Idaho’s 1.5 million citizens and should be reserved as such, not bent to allow for a quick push through by small special interest groups. In 2011, 352,510 Resident Hunting & Fishing Licenses/Permits were issued by Idaho Fish & Game.  Trapping permits constituted only 900 of the 1.3million total tags/licenses sold in 2011. Even if those 900 were ALL resident permits they make up less than 0.1% of Idahoans. So is it really appropriate to enshrine a civil ‘right’ into our constitution for the <0.1% of Idahoans to trap wildlife forever?

Trapping is a highly controversial issue that has NOT been largely discussed or surveyed yet in this state. In fact, HJR2 made it onto the ballot with hasty house and senate votes and without  the constitutionally required reading aloud and floor discussions in the House and Senate.

HJR2 is not about “preserving Idaho’s great sporting heritage” but rather a small special interest group trying to slip a highly controversial issue (trapping) in under the cover of the more popular sportsman activities like fishing and hunting.

The right to hunt, fish and trap are already highlighted in the Idaho Fish & Game Mission Statement. If HJR2 is defeated, nothing will change- on November 7th sportsman will still be able to recreate as they currently do and historically have.

NO on H.J.R. 2

 

3 Responses

  1. Maybe we should allow smoking in restaurants and relegating that African Americans have to ride in the back of the bus. HJR2aa is “an inalienable right?” For the animals that die a slow and painful death for no good reason? And why wasn’t this discussed in the house and senate?

    Where is the outrage? My understanding is that the Idaho Humane Society is not taking a stand on this. Why do they stay silent on this?

    Marilyn Rivera, Ketchum, ID

  2. Ann Sydow says:

    Well said!
    If trappers get their recreation enshrined as a right, then how about bowlers? Knitters? How about dog fighting? Its cruel as well, but some people find that recreational, after all. How about Idaho declare knitting “by traditional means” must be the “preferred means of making clothes?”
    HJR2 is ridiculous and must be voted down.

  3. Adrienne says:

    In a landslide 73.4% victory over animal rights and and the integrity of the constitutional amendment, HJR2 passed on November 6, 2012. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are now “constitutional rights” and “the preferred means of managing wildlife” in Idaho. Though other states have passed similar legislation to protect fishing and hunting, only Idaho has deemed trapping an unalienable right of man. As trapping gains criticism as an archaic and cruel practice, the HJR2 legislation preempts possible attempts to ban this form of torture.

    Moreover, the amendment sets a disconcerting precedent for placing recreational pursuits on the constitution, on equal footing with free speech and voting. What’s next – underwater basketweaving?

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