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California to ban hunting over Internet
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SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- Wildlife regulators took the first step Tuesday to bar hunters from using the Internet to shoot animals, responding to a Texas Web site that planned to let users fire at real game with the click of a mouse.

The Fish and Game Commission ordered wildlife officials to prepare emergency regulations to ban the practice. A period of public comment will follow.

"We don't think Californians should be able to hunt sitting at their computers at home," said Steve Martarano, a spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Game.

A bill passed by the state Senate two weeks ago would prohibit use of computer-assisted hunting sites and ban the import or export of any animal killed using computer-assisted hunting. The measure now moves to the state Assembly.

At least 14 other states and Congress are considering similar bills.

Groups including the California Sportsmen's Association, Safari Club International and the Outdoor Sportsman's Coalition of California support the ban, saying hunting over the Internet is unethical and unsporting.

Supporters have suggested the remote hunting could be beneficial for hunters with disabilities and questioned why Californians should be barred from patronizing a legitimate Texas business.
 

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New Jersey is getting in on the act too.

A4087 Prohibits computer-assisted remote hunting.

Gordon, Robert M. as Primary Sponsor
McKeon, John F. as Primary Sponsor
Gusciora, Reed as Co-Sponsor
Conaway, Herb as Co-Sponsor
Voss, Joan M. as Co-Sponsor
Stanley, Craig A. as Co-Sponsor
Weinberg, Loretta as Co-Sponsor
 

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This was intended for disabled hunters. I fully believe we should do more in this state as far as creating opportunity for the disabled and elderly. This type of opportunity isn't the answer, just a money making business. Maybe, the first thought was good, but nothing good could come from this. I would vote it down. Who's to blame? Us using game camera's, computers, disabled hunters, or ego maniacs who have to spoil a great tradition.

Till our trails cross,
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Where is the sport in that? For that use a computer game.
 
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