Ban Canned Hunting, also referred to as Fenced-In Shooting Preserves
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Ban Canned Hunting, also referred to as Fenced-In Shooting Preserves

    1. Bryan D. Freehling
    2. Petition by

      Bryan D. Freehling

      Wilton Manors, FL

Canned hunting operations, also referred to as "shooting preserves" or "game ranches," are private trophy hunting facilities that offer their customers the opportunity to kill exotic and native animals that are trapped within enclosures. Some facilities even allow their clients to kill animals remotely via the Internet.

The animals killed in canned hunts may come from private breeders, animal dealers, or even zoos. These animals are frequently hand-raised and bottle fed, so they have lost their natural fear of people. In many facilities, the animals expect to be fed at regular times by familiar people—and the shooters will be there waiting for them.

Demand your lawmakers crack down on canned hunting.

Semi-tame animals make easy targets, so canned hunt operators can offer their customers a guarantee of, "no kill-no pay." The animals are guaranteed something as well—that there will be no escape.

Canned hunting is a lucrative and expanding industry. It is estimated that more than 1,000 captive mammal hunting operations are operating in at least 28 states. Several factors feed into that expansion: The over breeding of captive exotic animals, the desire by some hunters with plenty of cash for a quick and easy kill, and the incentive to bag exotic mammals provided by Safari Club International's "Introduced Trophy Game Animals of North America" trophy hunting achievement award.

Currently, no federal law bans canned hunting, and the majority of states allow it. The regulations implementing the federal Animal Welfare Act do not apply to game preserves, hunting preserves, and canned hunts. Although the Endangered Species Act protects animals listed as endangered or threatened, the Fish and Wildlife Service does not prohibit private ownership of these animals and even allows the canned hunting of endangered species.

Demand that your lawmakers ban such a heinous inhumane practice.  This is simply legalized abuse, torture and murder of defenseless animals.

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    2. Canned Hunt Escapees Lead to Feral Population Problems in Michigan

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Currently there are approximately 5,000 wild boar roaming the state of Michigan. But these are not native boars. They are escapees from places like canned hunt ranches that import Russian boar from other countries, including Canada, and charge up to...


    Reasons for signing

      • over 1 year ago

      I love animals and any form of hunting makes me sick.

    • Ketra bock EUGENE, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      because it's not fair and justice needs to be served on the part of the lions and animals that are at a clear disadvantage which is more than obvious

      • over 1 year ago

      Anyone that gains ANY 'pleasure' from killing a defenceless animal in what amounts to a cage, has no soul, as far as I'm concerned. The less of these 'people' alive in this world, the better! Evil!!!

    • Renee Vincent SEQUIM, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      Excuse my language, but THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!! What a bunch of deranged sickos. This needs to stop. I don't care WHOs EGO NEEDS FEEDING!!!

    • Leiah Wilson MERINO, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      "Born Free" wasn't just a good movie. It should be a way of life for these unfortunate Beings. Please put a stop to canned hunting A.S.A.P.!!!!!


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