On November 14th, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed by voice vote the
Captive Exotic Animal Protection Act, a bill to combat the practice of
private "canned hunting" operations throughout the United States. S.
1655, which was introduced by Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), is now
ready for a vote in the full Senate.
The U.S has as many as 1,000
canned hunts ranches, facilities where trophy hunters pay a set fee to
shoot tame or habituated animals in a fenced enclosure, typically in a
"no kill, no pay" arrangement. While gazelles may sell for $800, other
exotic animals such as African lions and giraffes sell for fees
ranging into the thousands of dollars. For more information on canned
hunts, see http://action.fund.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=1270
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Thank Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for
moving the canned hunt bill through his committee:
Fax: (202) 224-3479
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