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10 August 2007 Blog Home : August 2007 : Permalink

US leads EU in Bansturbation

To my shock and amazement I read today in the WSJ (via both the Inquirer and the Junkyardblog) that the US is leading the way in banning an activity that no one actually does. As the WSJ explains:

The Humane Society of the United States last year mailed more than 50,000 people an urgent message, underlined and in bold type: "Such horrific cruelty must stop and stop now!"

The cruelty in question was Internet hunting, which the animal-rights group described as the "sick and depraved" sport of shooting live game with a gun controlled remotely over the Web. Responding to the Humane Society's call, 33 states have outlawed Internet hunting since 2005, and a bill to ban it nationally has been introduced in Congress.

But nobody actually hunts animals over the Internet. Although the concept -- first broached publicly by a Texas entrepreneur in 2004 -- is technically feasible, it hasn't caught on. How so many states have nonetheless come to ban the practice is a testament to public alarm over Internet threats and the gilded life of legislation that nobody opposes.

I think I must write to my MEP and demand that the EU ban this horrible practise too. If we don't then evil American hunters will be shooting defenseless European birds from the comfort of their air-conditioned livign rooms. We don't need this, our own hunters are already driving harmless sonbirds to the edge of extinction as it is!