PAR logo
PAR banner

Federal Canned Hunt Bill Needs Your Help

From The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals: ,
September 12, 2002:

It is time to pass legislation in the Congress to ban "canned hunts." S. 1655 and H.R. 3464, sponsored by Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) and Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), will put an end to the interstate movement of exotic mammals for the purpose of being shot in a confined area. Facilities that stage canned hunts charge customers a set fee to shoot and kill various exotic animals within a fenced enclosure, where there is no possibility of escape.

Exotic animals, such as blackbuck antelope or giraffes, become accustomed to a human presence and feel no impulse to flee the hunters' arrows or bullets. The result is akin to shooting fish in a barrel; even many hunters find this practice to be repugnant and unsporting. With the growing surplus of these exotic animals being churned out by breeders, canned hunt facilities are becoming a booming business throughout the U.S.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor S. 1655, the canned hunt bill. Please also contact your U.S Representative and ask that s/he do likewise for H.R. 3464. All legislators can be reached by calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121. To look up the names of your legislators, visit www.Congress.org or call The HSUS at 202-955-3666.