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March 16, 2009

The HSUS Praises NY Lawmakers for Introducing Bills to End Canned Shooting

Environmental Conservation Committees Urged to Quickly Pass Bills

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States today praised Sen. Carl Kruger and Assemblymember Deborah Glick for introducing S.B. 3223 and A.B. 6788 — bills to end the shooting of exotic mammals held captive in fenced enclosures, otherwise known as "canned shoots."

"Canned shooting represents nothing less than cruel and unusual punishment and is appalling not just to animal activists but to many who take part in traditional forms of hunting," said Sen. Kruger, chair of the Finance Committee. "This legislation is sending an important, ethical message and should serve as a model for similar measures that are long-overdue across the nation."

"It's not the name — shooting ranch or hunting preserve — or the size of the enclosure — even hundreds of acres. It is the use of animals bred in captivity or fed by humans that is unethical and honestly can't be called hunting and must be stopped," stated Assemblymember Glick.

"The Humane Society of the United States is very grateful to Senator Kruger and Assemblymember Glick for introducing this important legislation, and for taking aim at a particularly inhumane and unsporting practice," said Michael Markarian, executive vice president of The HSUS. "Animal advocates and traditional hunters agree there's no sport in shooting a zebra or a cape buffalo trapped behind a fence for a guaranteed trophy. This legislation has passed both the Senate and Assembly before, and it's long overdue."

Facts About Canned Shoots

  • Although advertised under a variety of names — most frequently "game ranches" or "shooting preserves" — canned shoots violate the hunting community's standard of fair chase by confining animals to cages or fenced enclosures.
  • Twenty-four states have enacted full or partial bans on canned shoots, and others are considering legislation and/or regulation.
  • The HSUS estimates that there are more than 1,000 ranches scattered across more than 25 states, offering "no kill, no pay" opportunities to kill confined, exotic animals.
  • The animals in canned shoots are bred in captivity, purchased from animal dealers or, in some cases, retired from roadside zoos and circuses, so they do not fear contact with humans and make easy targets.

For more information on canned hunting, please visit: humanesociety.org/wildlife_abuse/campaigns/canned.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org. 

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