September 2, 2014

Voters to decide if hunting and fishing are constitutional rights (AUDIO)

Nebraska voters will decide next Tuesday whether the state constitution should guarantee the right to hunt and fish.

State Sen. Pete Pirsch of Omaha acknowledges the measure (LR40CA) he successfully guided through the legislature is pre-emptive, enshrining the right to hunt and fish against any threat from the Humane Society of the United States or other animal rights groups to infringe on such rights.

“They have mounted campaigns in several states and have enjoyed a certain amount of success in this kind of piece by piece effort to chop away at these traditional hunting and fishing rights,” Pirsch tells Kevin Thomas on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln. “And so, that’s why the need to preserve and protect traditional hunting activities for future generations.”

Constitutional amendment number two not only would place the right to hunt and fish in the Nebraska Constitution, it would state that the harvesting of wildlife shall be the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.

Pirsch says he not only wants to protect the rights of Nebraskans to hunt and fish, but to protect a vital part of the Nebraska economy as well.

The legislature approved the constitutional amendment this year and placed it on the November 6th ballot.

Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this report.

AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]

AUDIO: Sen. Pete Pirsch talks with Kevin Thomas on KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln about amendment #2 [9 min.]