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… and unsportsmanlike conduct


The two senators bagged their quarry.

Their target was defenseless against their shots.

Arguably, though, this was even less sporting than canned hunting, and it occurred not in a high-fenced “preserve” but in a Capital hearing room in Indianapolis.

Erin Huang, state director for the Humane Society of the United States, was speaking against SJR 9.

Her antagonists were Sen. Brent Steele, sponsor of the bill, a controversial measure to legitimize canned hunting, and Sen. Carlin Yoder, chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Yoder, who is also a district director for U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, treated witnesses who testified in favor of the bill with respect and deference, thanking them for their time and effort in getting to the hearing.

With Huang and other witnesses who spoke against the bill, Yoder was argumentative and abrupt.

Steele’s demeanor was even more appalling. When he began interrogating Huang on her beliefs about hunting in general and vegetarianism, Huang politely pointed out that the hearing and the bill had nothing to do with either of those topics, and Steele reacted strongly:

“I’ll ask you any question I want!”