Prey no more

Published: Tuesday 31 May 2005

-- Internet USA

On April 20, this year California state senators approved a bill that would ban hunters from killing animals over the Internet. Hunters may only stalk prey online at This web site hitherto linked firearms and cameras. So, customers could point, click and shoot antelope, sheep and wild hogs on a Texas ranch from thousands of miles away. It's the only site of its kind. California's lawmakers voted 25 to 6 to stop its activities.

"It's an over the top, pay-per-view video game using live animals for target practice that ought to be banned from coast-to-coast," said Debra Bowen, the bill's author.

"There's nothing 'sporting' about sitting at a computer in your pajamas, using your mouse to shoot at hogs or or any other animal halfway across the country," she added.

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