Friday, December 07, 2007

Senate bill to end Internet Hunting

December 6, 2007


The Humane Society of the United States Calls on Senate to Pass

Whitehouse Bill and Prevent Pay-Per-View Slaughter


WASHINGTON – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today

welcomed the introduction of federal legislation designed to crack

down on Internet hunting. The Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting Act,

introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), would prevent the

operation of web sites that allow people to shoot live animals



The HSUS has advocated for state and federal legislation to combat

Internet hunting since the launch of, a web site based

in Texas that allowed users to pay a fee and shoot captive exotic

animals on a fenced game ranch – simply by clicking a button on their

keyboard or computer mouse. While 34 states have now banned the

practice, the interstate nature of the Internet calls for a federal

policy to prevent such web sites from emerging in the future.


"Internet hunting is an appalling form of trophy hunting, one that is

opposed by sportsmen and animal welfare advocates alike," said

Michael Markarian, HSUS executive vice president. "Traditional

hunters know there's no sport in shooting an animal remotely while

lying in bed and wearing camouflage pajamas. We urge lawmakers to

quickly pass this bill into law and stop this egregious practice

which amounts to nothing more than pay-per-view slaughter."


"There's no place in sportsmanship for a practice that kills with the

click of a mouse," said Sen. Whitehouse, a member of the Senate

committees on the Environment and Public Works and the

Judiciary. "I'm proud that Rhode Island is among the states that

have banned Internet hunting. It should never take place – and this

bill will ensure it never does."


Sen. Whitehouse's legislation is co-sponsored by Judiciary Committee

Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.). A

House version of the bill, H.R. 2711, was introduced in June by Reps.

Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Tom Davis (R-Va.), and is co-sponsored by

some of the leading sportsmen's advocates in Congress, including

Reps. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Mike Thompson

(D-Ca.), and Don Young (R-Alaska).


A map of states that have banned Internet hunting is available at:



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