From America’s First Freedom: http://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2015/9/14/securing-traditions-for-future-texans/
by A1F Daily Staff
Monday, September 14, 2015
“Hunting is a coward’s pastime.” – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
“If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.” – Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Most Americans support the right, and honor the tradition, of hunting and fishing. But while it is nearly inconceivable that institutions so closely tied to our history and identity could go away overnight, it is undeniable that there are powerful forces in motion that will stop at nothing less. PETA, HSUS and other extreme animal-rights groups aim to stamp out hunting entirely. They frankly don’t care about the catastrophe that would ensue, with ecological imbalance and a lack of hunting-derived conservation funds driving species after species into extinction. Their mission is unchanging and invulnerable to practical concerns, and they realize that their only chance for winning lies is playing a long game.
That’s why Texas legislators are looking to the future by working to enshrine the right to hunt and fish in the state’s constitution. A pastime that pumps billions of dollars into the state’s economy every year is currently quite secure—but the Lone Star State can’t afford to take the chance that the opposition will chip away at it until it is a pale shadow of what it is now. When states lose the right to regulate their own wildlife populations, they typically don’t get them back.
The amendment being proposed to the Texas constitution is short and clear. Its text reads as follows:
The people have the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, subject to laws or regulations to conserve and manage wildlife and preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing are preferred methods of managing and controlling wildlife. This section does not affect any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, or eminent domain. This section does not affect the power of the legislature to authorize a municipality to regulate the discharge of a weapon in a populated area in the interest of public safety.
This language was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support by both houses of the Texas legislature, and in November voters will encounter it on the ballot under the name of Proposition 6.