Tennesseans have voted to amend the state constitution to add a provision citing a right to hunt and fish.
It passed by roughly four-to-one.
Despite a licensing system in place to permit hunting and fishing, supporters said the amendment was needed to protect that right from being outlawed. The permitting process will remain in effect.
Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, sent a letter to the chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga calling fishing “blood sport that causes immense physical and psychological suffering … .”
The push for the amendment included endorsements from fishing heavyweight Bill Dance and former University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer.