Little says 'hunt, click and kill' is not sport
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
A Texas-based website called www.Live-Shot.com that allows users to hunt live animals from their home computers has prompted the State Senate to take action opposing the practice in New York.
"This isn't sport," said Senator Betty Little. "This is the equivalent of an on-line video game and the animals don't have a chance. Using a computer mouse, users can 'hunt, click and kill' and I think it really insults legitimate sportsmen. We want to keep this out of New York."
The Senate today approved a bill, S2822a, that prohibits the creation or maintenance of a website or hunting gallery from any location within this state for purposes of the on-line shooting of targets or animals. The bill has an Assembly sponsor, Assemblywoman Debra Glick. New York is one of more than a dozen states considering banning online hunting.
Little, who serves as secretary of the New York Sportsmen Legislative Caucus which is a bipartisan and bicameral coalition of lawmakers supportive of sportsmen's issues, has circulated a letter in the Legislature urging her colleagues to approve the proposed legislation.
The legislation is supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the New York State Conservation Council and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).