Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Internet hunting outlawed in Florida

The Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida Political Pulse Blog reports here that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted today to oppose hunting by the Internet. The Humane Society of the United States noted that Florida has become the 35th state to oppose the practice, which involves using a computer to shoot animals remotely. The HSUS's factsheet on Internet Hunting is available here and a page regarding laws and legislation is available here.

One of the first questions raised in my mind when it comes to the Internet is the problems with asserting jurisdiction. For example, will the Florida opposition to Internet hunting extend Floridians accessing websites where the animal is located in other states? The best option would be passage of federal legislation called The Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting Act that bans the practice nationwide.

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