Internet hunting, also called remote controlled hunting, allows computer users to hunt large game and exotic animals confined behind fences from the comfort of their own home—for a fee, of course. Ask your Representative to support federal legislation that would ban this practice nationwide.
Internet hunting originated in Texas, and allows hunters to shoot animals with the click of a mouse. Feeding stations lure animals within range of a rifle mounted on a tripod. At one facility, the animals eat at the same time and place each day. When the animal approaches the feeding station at the appointed time, the desktop hunter uses the computer mouse to line up the crosshairs and fire the rifle.
Trophy mounts are prepared at the ranch and shipped to the customer.
Recognizing a bad idea when they see it, many states have passed laws banning this "pay-per-view" slaughter, but we need federal legislation to ban it in all states.
See our map of internet hunting laws by state. If your state doesn't have a ban on internet hunting yet, it's especially important that you urge urge your legislators to support federal legislation on this topic.Learn More
News & Events
June 4, 2009
After a tragic incident involving a pet chimpazee, Connecticut lawmakers vote to prohibit residents from keeping great apes as pets.
May 7, 2009
The HSUS applauded Reps. Cohen, Sherman and Whitfield for introducing legislation in the House of Representatives to ban Internet and captive hunting.
March 5, 2009
The HSUS praised Gov. Freudenthal for signing legislation to ban "Internet hunting."
June 7, 2013
Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation that prohibits the importation and possession of wild pigs and their hybrids into law. House Bill 101, introduced by Rep. David Deen, D-Windham, bans feral pigs from captive hunts – fenced pens where trophy-seekers pay to shoot the trapped animals for guaranteed kills.
May 14, 2013
A roadside zoo in Mississippi has lost its exhibitor license after 43 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture revoked the license following an undercover investigation and legal complaints to state and federal officials by The Humane Society of the United States.
May 8, 2013
A California court has upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 4, a 1998 state ballot measure banning use of cruel traps and poisons for the purpose of killing wildlife.
April 8, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, National Aquarium, National Wildlife Federation and Oceana applaud the Maryland General Assembly for banning the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins.