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Preserving right to hunt in Kentucky

Hunting is a way of life for many in Kentucky and Kentuckians have enjoyed this sport for centuries.

Preserving such a cherished tradition as hunting is worth the time and effort and it is unfortunate that we even have to preserve a right we value. But animal rights groups have been pressing for restrictions on hunting in several states, including Kentucky, where they tried to stop bear season from opening last year, and this year in Minnesota, where they pushed to ban dove hunting.

Groups such as these don’t understand that hunting is not only a hobby and a way of life, but is necessary for population control of animals.

Perhaps these groups should research what would happen if hunting weren’t allowed. The answer is quite simple — you would have animals die untimely deaths because there would be more animals than the available food and habitat could maintain.

Certain animals, such as bears, which can pose a danger to people, can lose their fear of people in the absence of hunting pressure.

This is why we believe it is imperative that Kentucky put a “right to hunt” referendum on the ballot in 2012.

If passed, the measure would ensure that hunting could never be outlawed without a statewide vote of the people.

Arizona, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee have rightto hunt referendums on the ballot this year. It’s already law in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Make no mistake about it, this referendum in our state is necessary because groups such as these are well-funded and have big lobbies and resources to support their agenda. …

This referendum should pass easily in Kentucky. It’s just a shame that people like Defense of Animals president Scoutlund Kaisley and crew are so hellbent on taking away a sport that so many people truly love and want to see passed down to the next generation.

— Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.

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