Canned Hunting

Eve Sherrill York By Eve Sherrill York, 18th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Canned hunting in other countries as well as right here in the U.S. How endangered species are used as advertising ploys.

Canned Hunting

In 2006 Alabama became the 20th state to ban the act of canned hunting in their state. The New York Legislature, in 2007, let a bill that would ban all canned hunting of' exotic 'animals be defeated.

Canned hunting, or captive hunts, happen all over the country. The animals come from animal dealers, private breeders and even zoos and circuses. They are hand raised, bottle fed and so they have no fear of people. They are dependent on familiar people to feed them. This makes it is easy for a hunter to come in and kill them.

Even threatened species are used as advertising ploys for these hunts. Although the federal law, the Endangered Species Act, is supposed to protect animals on the threatened and endangered list captive hunt enthusiasts are finding loopholes in the law. Some state laws actually permit captive-bred wildlife to be killed. It creates a market for endangered species trophies. It also encourages illegal poaching of these animals in their native areas.

Furthermore, because of the population density in these areas the risk of transmitting disease increases. This poses a threat to animals inside these enclosures as well as the ones outside. It is doubtful that the captive hunting facilities have any kind of veterinary care for these animals. These animals are infected with such diseases as tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease.

Baiting these animals for capture encourages animals to come together in small areas and can cause the spreading of disease. In chronic wasting disease this infects moose, deer, and elk. It is reported in 19 states and in 11 of those the disease was present in the canned hunt populations. Interstate transport of these animals and the few that escape from the facilities only increases the chance of these diseases being spread.

It is estimated that there are more than a thousand canned hunting operations across the country. This activity is taking place in about two dozen states with at least 500 of these in Texas alone. There is no federal law against this practice and only about half the states have restrictive policies or bans on this type of hunting. The Animal Welfare Act and its regulations do not apply to captive hunts, hunting preserves or game preserves. The Endangered Species Act protects only those animals listed as threatened or endangered species. Private ownership of these animals is not prohibited by the Fish and Wildlife Service who actually allow captive hunting of endangered species to take place.

In Conclusion

This is not just going on in the United States. South Africa, Middle East, New Zealand, Europe and Canada also have these places. In most cases, these facilities are on private land so any state laws that might protect wildlife are hard to enforce.


Canned Hunting, Captive Hunts, Threatened Species

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author avatar Kingwell
18th May 2015 (#)

Good share! Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
19th May 2015 (#)

What an utterly appalling practice!

I cannot for the life of me see why people enjoy killing animals, whether wild or "canned". If I had my way, all sport that involves killing would be banned worldwide.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
21st May 2015 (#)

Ego! Lying and saying they had this big hunt and look what I shot. It sure should be banned. Mathew Mcconaughey has one. That's what got me interested and doing research on this. When I saw where he was a part of it.

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