2210 112th CONGRESS
H. R. 2210
To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit
certain interstate conduct relating to exotic animals and certain computer-assisted
remote hunting, and for other purposes.IN THE HOUSE OF
June 16, 2011
COHEN (for himself, Mr. SHERMAN, Mr. MORAN, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, and
Mr. LANGEVIN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary
To amend title
18, United States Code, to prohibit certain interstate conduct relating to exotic
animals and certain computer-assisted remote hunting, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Sportsmanship in
Hunting Act of 2011'.
SEC. 2. TRANSPORT OR POSSESSION OF EXOTIC
ANIMALS FOR PURPOSES OF KILLING OR INJURING THEM.
(a) In General-
Chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the
`Sec. 49. Exotic animals
Exotic Animals- Whoever, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, knowingly
transfers, transports, or possesses a confined exotic animal, for the purposes
of allowing the killing or injuring of that animal for entertainment or for the
collection of a trophy, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than
1 year, or both.
`(b) Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting- Whoever,
using any instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce, knowingly makes available
a computer-assisted remote hunt shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
not more than 5 years, or both.
`(c) Exception- Providing an instrumentality
of commerce, such as equipment or access to the Internet, is not a violation of
subsection (b) unless the provider has knowledge that the equipment or access
is to be used for a computer-assisted remote hunt.
In this section--
`(1) the term `confined exotic animal' means
a mammal of a species not indigenous to the United States that has been held in
`(A) the majority of the animal's life;
`(B) a continuous period of 1 year;
`(2) the term `captivity' does not include any period during which an animal lives
as it would in the wild--
`(A) surviving primarily
by foraging for naturally occurring food;
roaming at will over an open area of not less than 1,000 acres; and
`(C) having the opportunity to avoid hunters;
the term `computer-assisted remote hunt' means any use of a computer or other
device, equipment, or software to allow a person remotely to control the aiming
and discharge of a weapon so as to kill or injure an animal while not in the physical
presence of the targeted animal; and
`(4) the term `instrumentality
of interstate commerce' means any written, wire, radio, television, or other form
of communication in, or using a facility of, interstate commerce.
`(e) Construction With Other Law- Nothing in this section limits the power of
State and local authorities to enact laws or regulations concerning computer-assisted
remote hunting facilities.'.
(b) Conforming Amendment- The table
of sections at the beginning of chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is
amended by adding at the end the following new item: