Target: Members of the United States Congress
Goal: Place a federal ban on hunting animals held in captivity.
In the cruel practice of captive or “canned” hunting, hunters pay to shoot exotic mammals, sometimes endangered species, that are confined within fences. The animals are often very tame and are accustomed to being fed in certain areas, making for an easy kill. Captive hunting is inhumane and unsportsmanlike and must be stopped.
There are more than 1,000 commercial canned hunting operations in the U.S. Animals used in captive hunts can come from breeders, dealers, zoos, and circuses, and are often illegally obtained. Most are accustomed to human contact, some having been bottle fed and handled since birth. They have designated feeding areas and are fed regularly, making them an easy target for hunters. Often, they are even tranquilized. This is certainly not what real hunting is about; in fact, many traditional hunting groups oppose canned hunting.
There is hope for these animals, thanks to the Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011, introduced by U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and Brad Sherman, D-Calif. If passed, the bill would prohibit the interstate transport of exotic mammals for trophy and entertainment killing in fenced areas less than 1,000 acres. While statewide bans or restrictions have been helpful, a federal ban is the only way to effectively eliminate the supply of animals used for captive hunts.
Canned hunting is unsportsmanlike, in that the idea of a fair chase is absent. Even some traditional hunting groups oppose this type of hunting. Please urge Congress to pass the Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011 so that exotic and endangered mammals can be protected from cruel and unfair deaths.
Dear Members of the United States Congress,
Endangered and exotic animals held in captivity are being subjected to cruel and unfair deaths for trophy and entertainment purposes. Captive hunting allows people to pay a fee to shoot animals confined within fences with no chance of a fair chase. We cannot allow this so-called sport to continue.
Animals used in canned hunts are often obtained illegally from breeders, dealers, and sometimes even zoos and circuses. Many are accustomed to human contact and have designated feeding areas and times, making them easy kill for hunters. No sportsmanship is involved in this type of hunting, which is why some hunting groups actually oppose canned hunts.
The Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011 (H.R. 2210) would prohibit interstate transportation of exotic mammals for trophy and entertainment hunts in fenced areas less than 1,000 acres. A federal ban is the only way to truly combat the problem of canned hunting by making animals unavailable to hunt.
Captive hunts are inhumane and unsportsmanlike. True hunting allows for a fair chase. Please show your support for animal welfare by passing H.R. 2210.
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