Group wants ban on penned hunts
RALEIGH -- A group of wildlife advocates says it plans to make another push to ban hunt pens, where dogs track foxes and coyotes in fenced-in enclosures.
Those folks might want to better understand what they are up against.
Quite a while ago, North Carolina legislators limited the appointed body that oversees wildlife regulation in the state, the Wildlife Resources Commission, when it comes to fox hunting.
By law, the commission doesn't set a season and can't restrict the use of dogs when it comes to hunting foxes.
I would suggest that those limitations are an indication of the political influence enjoyed by fox hunters, and specially those who run fox hunting preserves.
Those who operate the penned hunts say that they are used to train dogs and that cruelty described by opponents is ...