Captive hunts, also known as “canned hunts,” are the very opposite of fair chase. Shooters at captive hunts pay to kill animals—even endangered species—trapped behind fences.
Animals from breeders, dealers, and even zoos or circuses may end up at captive hunts. Often the animals are hand-raised and bottle-fed, so they aren't afraid of people.
The animals are often accustomed to being fed in certain areas at regular intervals—and shooters will be there waiting. Captive hunts are so unsporting that hunting groups like Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young, and the Izaak Walton League oppose them. Captive hunts also threaten cattle and wildlife with disease, while the owners earn big fees.
There are more than a thousand captive hunts in this country.
News & Events
March 18, 2014
With the close of Indiana’s legislation session, animal advocates celebrate the defeat of two bills that would have been harmful to animals:
February 14, 2014
North Carolina black bears could be subjected to the unnecessary, unsporting and inhumane practice of bear baiting, in which bears are lured by piles of food for an easy kill. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is considering a proposal to authorize bear baiting, which is generally prohibited in the state. The Humane Society of the United States and hundreds of North Carolina residents submitted comments urging the commission to keep bear baiting out of the Tar Heel state.
February 5, 2014
The Indiana Senate shot down legislation that would legalize captive hunting operations. S.B. 404 would have allowed privately-owned facilities to stock deer and elk for trophy-seekers, letting them pay to shoot the semi-tame animals trapped in enclosures for guaranteed kills.
December 2, 2013
Melissa Bachman, host of NBC’s Winchester Deadly Passion, has sparked controversy by shooting and killing an African lion and then posting a photo where she posed and smiled while kneeling beside the carcass.
March 31, 2014
Statement on the ruling of the International Court of Justice that Japan’s whaling program is a breach of the global whaling moratorium and lacks scientific legitimacy in regard to the quotas set and the numbers taken.
March 25, 2014
The federal district court in the Northern District of California dismissed a lawsuit challenging California’s shark fin law.
February 14, 2014
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently seized 2,000 pounds of illegal shark fins from a San Francisco merchant. That merchant is a part of an association whose members sold and distributed shark fins to restaurants and grocery stores and who had sued the State of California challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on the sale and trade of shark fins. In the wake of this major bust, the association has voluntarily dismissed its legal challenge.
January 6, 2014
China, the world’s largest market for ivory products, destroyed 6.1 tons of its confiscated stockpile. The momentous event occurred in Guangzhou, a southern port city and main transit and destination point in the global ivory trade.