The Legality of Internet Hunting
In Texas, where Internet hunting originated, laws regarding hunting were set up for so-called regulated animals such as birds or deer. Lawmakers could not have foreseen the practice of long-distance hunting [source: BBC]. However, as soon as Internet hunting began, legislators took action amending laws to make providing or participating in Internet hunting illegal. Various animal rights groups have also risen to the cause against Internet hunting. The U.S. Humane Society, for example, has supported legislation for a federal ban on it.
The same month that the inaugural Internet hunting event was scheduled, Virginia became the first state to ban remote-control hunting. Republican delegate G. Glenn Oder, who introduced the bill in the state legislature, claimed to have the only bill of the session to win support from two organizations rarely in agreement: the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASCPCA) and the National Rife Association (NRA) [source:Moreno].
Brad Sherman, a Democrat from California, and Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, introduced the Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting Act, H.R. 2711 to the U.S. House of Representatives [source: Humane Society]. Davis wanted the practice to carry a penalty as high as a five-year prison term. During the summer of 2007, the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
A similar bill, S.2422, has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. After being read twice, it was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary in December 2007. Because the Internet is both interstate and international in scope, lawmakers argue that federal legislation is needed.
But what about the other side of the argument? Aim your site on the next section to find out.