Anti-Internet Hunting Laws Still Popular, Despite Lack Of Real Problem
from the overreact-much? dept
Quite a fuss was made a few years ago after a guy in Texas set up a website offering online hunting, which allowed people to shoot penned animals using a gun connected to a webcam. As we noted at the time, the reaction seemed a little bit overblown, as it was unlikely many people would actually use the sites, and they weren’t likely to proliferate. Now, a couple of years later, some states are still piling on the legislation to make such point, click and shoot sites illegal. It’s hard to defend the practice of these canned hunts, really, but backers of the legislation can’t point to any examples apart from the original site, and admit that it’s not a big problem, but they just want to “nip it in the bud.” Twenty-five states have laws banning the practice, thanks to the tireless lobbying of the Humane Society, but there remains little evidence that it’s actually a problem. It seems like if there really were a demand for this sort of thing, offshore operators would have emerged to tap it. After all, why bother getting online to shoot a penned Texas buck when you could find a site in Africa offering online big-game hunts?