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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 4, 2019 03:51 PM
From: Representative Tim Briggs
To: All House members
Subject: Banning the Use of Non-Native Big Game Animals in Captive Hunting
 
Hunting is a sport that requires skills, but captive hunting is a cruel process that requires minimal skill or sportsman-like abilities. Captive hunts – or “canned hunts” as they are also called – are inhumane as they trap animals in man-made enclosures rather than approach them in their natural habitats.

These man-made traps that hold animals to be killed, range in size. They can be several square yards to hundreds of acres. Non-native animals are in the most high demand for these types of hunts.

My legislation is modeled after New York’s law which would prohibit any facility that harbors non-native animals to knowingly permit their use in captive hunting.

Canned hunts are just the process of shooting defenseless animals behind fences. I hope you will support my legislation which will not harm traditional hunters but will prohibit the practice of putting big game animals inside enclosures for the purposes of target shooting.

Previous Co-Sponsors (HB1573 from 2015-2016): DEAN, W. KELLER, THOMAS, ROZZI, SCHLOSSBERG, WATSON, O’BRIEN, FRANKEL, ROEBUCK, and COHEN