August 4, 2004

U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has introduced a federal bill that will crack down on the cruel practice of "canned hunts"-- pay-per-kill operations that charge people to shoot captive exotic animals like antelope, water buffalo and even tigers. The Captive Exotic Animal Protection Act, S.2731, will ban the interstate transport of exotic mammals for the purpose of shooting them in canned hunts. This will effectively stop exotic animal dealers and zoos from shipping animals over state lines to out-of-state hunting operations-- a move that will make it almost impossible for the trade to continue.

Canned hunting is a particularly egregious form of hunting because it violates the generally accepted standards of the hunting community, which are based on the concept of “fair chase.” Many of the animals used in canned hunt operations are former zoo or circus animals, who would have no compunction to flee from humans even if they were not fenced in.


Contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor S. 2731, Senator Lautenberg’s canned hunt bill. All U.S. Senators may be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202 224-3121.

If you need to look up the names of your U.S. Senators, go to The Fund for Animals' action site, or call The HSUS at 202 955-3668


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