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Issue Position: Stopping Internet Hunting

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Internet hunting, also known as remote-controlled hunting, allows people to use a computer and the Internet to kill penned animals which have been lured to a feeding station within range of a mechanized mounted rifle fired by the simple click of a computer mouse. This "pay-per-view" slaughter has no resemblance whatsoever to traditional hunting. It is a practice so cruel that it is denounced by both the Humane Society and the National Rifle Association. It is also banned in 38 states, including California. However, a federal ban is necessary to permanently end the travesty of Internet hunting. I joined with several members of Congress to introduce the Sportsmanship in Hunting Act (H.R. 2210), which would create a federal prohibition on Internet hunting and establish penalties for those who violate the prohibition. Canned hunting, in which customers pay to shoot tame, exotic animals within the confines of an
enclosure where the animals have no chance of escape, would also be banned by the bill


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