Target: United States Government
Goal: Ban cruel hunting of animals in captivity
When entertainment is lacking, a possibility for the super-wealthy is to partake in a “canned hunt” in which they are guaranteed to “bag a prize” is tempting. Canned hunt facilities are fenced pastures in which hand-raised domestics, retired circus performers, and former zoo animals are sent out to meet their end–guaranteed or your money back.
With over 2,000 facilities in the United States, canned hunting has surprisingly little regulation. Despite the appalling nature of this practice, only 20 states have regulated or banned the practice, and exotics, including endangered species, are still being hunted in the other 30. Wealthy would-be hunters need only pay a steep price for the chance to bag an elephant, tiger, moose, or alligator, all without a required license, and with no limits on numbers of kills made.
Even many game hunters find the practice unsporting, without a fair chance for the animals to flee. And even if they could, many of these these retired camels or bottle-fed deer are not afraid of humans, and willingly walk up to their killers in search of treats. The facilities allow the animals to be shot at feeding sites or watering troughs, or even when chained or staked in one spot.
Not only is canned hunting cruel, but it exposes local livestock to many diseases that these exotics carry. Urge the US government to ban this cruel pastime in every state once and for all.
Dear US Government,
The cruel practice of canned hunting in the United States is an unsporting, sickening pastime. Unlicensed hunters are sent to bag endangered species, former zoo animals, and retired circus performers, all within an enclosed environment and without a kill limit. These animals rely on human contact for their survival, and it only leads to their destruction.
Canned hunting facilities are often the instigators of infectious diseases that pass from exotics to domestic livestock. The regulation of this practice is disturbingly lacking in our country, and very few states have banned it. Please consider making this terrible recreation illegal across the nation, and close down the facilities that encourage it.
[Your Name Here]