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Animal rights activist fighting against a bill

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Animal rights activists are mobilizing to fight a bill they say would legalize animal abuse.

Right now, it's illegal to capture wild animals without a permit in Georgia, but House Bill 423 would let hunters trap raccoons and use them to train coon hunting dogs.

They could put raccoons in cages, hide them, and let the dogs track them.

Wildlife conservationist Chet Powell says that's inhumane.

"I do want to stop the bill because I see it as torturing the animals, it's not humane, it could go on for extensive periods of time," said Powell.

The bill passed the house overwhelmingly. Opponents are trying to keep it from passing the Senate.
 

We tried to get a response from the group that organizes an annual coon hunt in Albany, but they didn't get back to us.

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