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Illinois Lawmakers Pass Ban on "Remote Control" Hunting

NORMAL, IL - Illinois state lawmakers have approved a ban on hunting live game by computer.  If signed into law by the governor, the measure would make Illinois the latest of more than 30 states to have outlawed the practice.  At least three other states have similar bills pending.

In Arkansas, a bill banning the practice failed to make it out of the legislative session this year.

The Humane Society of the United States denounces remote-control hunting.  The practice allows a computer user, using a mouse from the home or office, to maneuver a camera-equipped rifle set up at a remote spot.  The computer user tracks the animal when it comes into view on the screen, and fires the weapon with a click of the mouse.

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