The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (INRC) is considering a proposed rule to legalize the practice of coyote/fox "penning" year-round. Penning involves capturing wild coyotes and foxes and then placing them in pens where they are mercilessly chased by packs of hunting dogs. This practice often leads to the coyote or fox being torn apart alive by the dogs.
Penning enthusiasts claim the activity trains the dogs to better pursue and hunt foxes and coyotes in the wild.
After proposing rules to outlaw this abhorrent practice last year, the INRC reversed itself and is now proposing to legalize coyote/fox penning. Indications are that this switch in position was a result of political pressure.
Your voice matters -- we need to remind the INRC of how it came to its humane decision last year to end this practice. This cruel practice was recently outlawed in the state of Florida, and we can make it happen in Indiana too. INRC will be conducting two public hearings on their proposed rule changes and is accepting public comments until May 18.
Take Action!Submit comments to the Indiana Natural Resources Commission in opposition to the proposed rules.
Find a sample letter on ALDF's website and instructions for submitting comments.Indiana residents only: Attend a hearing and speak out in opposition to this cruel and violent practice.
Tuesday, May 10
(6 p.m.) at McCormick’s Creek State Park, Canyon Inn, Sycamore Room, 451 McCormick Creek Park Road, Spencer (Owen County).Wednesday, May 11
(6 p.m.) at Webster Recreation Center, Plymouth Park & Recreation Department, 110 Webster Ave., Plymouth (Marshall County).