From SV to us
Thanks to all of your calls and e-mails, the New York State Assembly Bill, A 10188a, which will ban the killing of non-native mammals such as lions, zebras, Corsican rams, and wild boars at Canned Shoots, passed out the Environmental Conservation Committee!!
Now, we need to take the next step of making sure this bill passes out of the Codes Committee.
Therefore, please contact Speaker Sheldon Silver to urge him to use his authority as the leader of the NYS Assembly to urge Assembly member Joseph Lentol to pass “The Canned Shoot Bill” out of his Codes Committee ASAP so it can be voted on by the entire Assembly. (That’s all you have to say!)
Speaker Sheldon Silver: 518 455 3791, Speaker@assembly.state.ny.us
Canned shoots are commercial hunts in which trophy hunters pay large fees to shoot animals in enclosed areas. These animals, who are often “retired” from zoos, circuses, or roadside shows, or may have been bred on the canned hunting facilities, often amble over to lick the hand of the shooter or trot up to the “guide’s” vehicle expecting to be fed as usual.
Animals at canned shoot “preserves” have no chance of escape, and they die in agony because hunters shoot them numerous times in the gut so as to avoid shooting them in the head. Hunters want to keep the “trophy heads” intact for mounting on the wall. This form of hunting is so deplorable that many hunting organizations, whose members adhere to “fair chase” principles, condemn canned shoots.
The current bill, sponsored by Assembly member Scott Stringer, bans the use of non-native big game mammals on all canned shoot facilities regardless of acreage. (Examples of non-native big game mammals are: lions, zebras, Corsican rams, wild boars.)