The controversial practice of Internet hunting lets you hunt wild animals from your computer, with the help of a remote-controlled rifle and a camera. Many U.S. states have banned Internet hunting, which opponents say is not about hunting, but about cold killing. Take this quiz to learn more about the pros and cons of Internet hunting.
Internet hunting was first started by a Texas rancher in 2005 to provide remote hunters with access to game animals on his ranch.
A remote-controlled rifle, of various calibers, is the weapon used in Internet hunting.
Internet hunting is similar to the canned hunt, in which animals are similarly keep inside a pen, so that they are easy to kill.
The founder thought that remote-controlled hunting would benefit disabled people.
So far, more than 30 states have banned the practice, including Texas, where it originated.
Opponents say the use of remote-controlled guns leads to a desensitization to death.
Virginia was the first and was soon followed by Texas, where Internet hunting started.
The U.S. Humane Society is actively pushing for a ban, saying it's an inhumane practice.
Even the National Rifle Association (NRA) campaigns against it and led the lobby for banning the practice in Virginia.
A bill was introduced in the Senate in 2007. A similar bill is going through the procedures in the Congress as well.
Another important reason is that the Internet is both interstate and international in scope.
Only seven U.S. states have no laws against cruelty to pets.
Utah is one of only seven US states that has no laws against cruelty to pets, but it nevertheless bans Internet hunting.
Supporters say the way that some hunters conceal themselves in blinds is equivalent to Internet hunting. They say if a hunter can hide in a blind, Internet hunting is no different.
Other than disabled persons, military personnel may also benefit from long-distance, Internet hunting.
Some Internet hunting providers also offer taxidermy facilities, meat processing and a DVD recording of the session.
They say Internet hunting violates the long-time hunting tradition of "fair chase," which involves the hunter's physical presence in the field.
The Safari Club International, which supports the hunting of exotic trophy animals, opposes Internet hunting.
While Internet hunting is a solitary, remote activity, many traditional hunters use hunting as way to nurture companionship and as a time to share with friends. They also see regular hunting as an opportunity to get away from civilization and enjoy nature.
Many states are concerned that, since Internet hunting requires no previous knowledge of local and state laws regarding hunting or wildlife, all types of animals may be in danger of being hunted by remote control.