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
September 13, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately listed the southern white rhino as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, giving the species greater protection from poaching. With two or three rhinos poached every day for their horns, conservationists believe that within a few years’ time, there will be no more rhinos in the wild in Africa.
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."
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.
October 23, 2013
The Los Angeles City Council passed a motion directing the city attorney to draft an ordinance to prohibit the use of bullhooks and other tools to inflict pain for the purpose of training and controlling the behavior of elephants used in circuses and traveling shows to take effect in three years.
July 3, 2013
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed legislation that allows New Hampshire to become a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
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.