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Point, Click, Kill: Not In These United States

Virginia congressman introduces bill to outlaw computer-aided hunting.

Saying it's not sporting to hunt remotely via the Internet, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., introduced legislation this week to ban hunts in which "virtual hunters" remotely control the Internet guns aimed at animals.

Citing opposition to such hunts by groups as diverse as the Safari Club International, a hunting organization, and the Humane Society, an animal-protection group, Davis said federal legislation is needed because of the interstate and international nature of these hunts.

"Why should someone be able to point, click, and kill? It's not sporting, it's not hunting in the true sense of the word, and it's not something we have to tolerate," Davis said in a statement.

The practice of hunting through the Internet uses a Web interface through which a remote hunter controls the movement of a rifle and camera mounted on a platform in a hunting area. With the click of a mouse, the user can fire the weapon at the prey.

If enacted, the Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting Act, or HR 1558, would ban hunts such as the one that took place in Bourne, Texas, last weekend in which individuals, sitting in front of computer screens, fired weapons at live animals with a few clicks of a mouse.

Violators could face up to five years in prison under the bill's provisions.

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