Fox pen hunting OK’d

“Fox pen” hunting would be preserved as part of Louisiana’s folklife culture under a measure that won final legislative passage Thursday.

The Louisiana Senate voted 36-1 in favor of the legislation which now goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk.

It was one of about four dozen House-passed measures voted on by the Senate as it zipped through “non-controversial” bills.

Potentially controversial legislation that would take lengthy debate was passed over, including a special higher education fund and a proposal to reduce state contracts by 10 percent.

The fox pen hunting measure is House Bill 390 by state Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Livingston.

The measure had opposition in the House where it passed on a 68-16 vote with spirited debate.

The fox pen hunts involve fenced-in preserves where hunting dogs are trained to pursue foxes.

Opponents in the House called it a “blood sport” in which a fox is run down by a pack of dogs and attacked until it dies.

But Mack disputed the claim, saying in Louisiana the foxes are chased up a tree and not killed.

State Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, who handled the bill on the Senate floor said there are many fox hunters in rural areas.

The only no vote came from state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, who has handled legislation for the Human Society of the United States.

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