House says fox pen hunting part of La. folklife - KLFY News 10

House says fox pen hunting part of La. folklife

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers in the House have backed a proposal declaring that fox pen hunting is part of Louisiana's folklife heritage and should be preserved.

The House voted 68-16 Monday to approve the measure by Livingston Rep. Sherman Mack, a Republican, who called fox pen hunting part of the state's culture.

The sport involves fenced-in preserves where hunting dogs are trained to pursue foxes.

Opponents described the practice as a "blood sport" in which a fox is run down by dozens of dogs that attack it until it dies. They said legislative support would give Louisiana a bad image.

Supporters said the activity goes back centuries and does not usually result in the fox's death.

The measure moves to the Senate for consideration.

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