Fox pen hunting heritage bill advances
BATON ROUGE - While House members were divided on whether to declare that fox pen hunting is part of Louisiana's folklife heritage and should be preserved, the Senate spent little time discussing the bill before passing it Thursday.
The Senate's 36-1 vote gave the measure (House Bill 390) by Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Livingston, final passage and sent it to the governor for consideration.
The sport involves fenced-in preserves where hunting dogs are trained to pursue foxes.
"There are very many fox hunters in the rural areas," said Sen. Mack "Bodi" White, R-Baton Rouge, who handled the measure in the Senate.
Critics of the proposal call it a "blood sport" in which a fox is run down by 20 or 30 dogs that attack it until it dies.
Mack says in Louisiana the foxes are chased up a tree and aren't killed.