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The great Web hunters



Published: Wed, June 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The (Toledo) Blade: It's a truism that politics makes strange bedfellows, but the Humane Society of the United States, National Rifle Association, and Safari Club International have come together for a good reason: to stop hunting over the Internet.

Although it sounds like an urban legend, it is a very real phenomenon with deadly, and sometimes unnecessarily painful, consequences for animals confined to a 336-acre farm outside San Antonio, Texas.

It all began when John Lockwood transformed his ranch into an exotic wildlife compound. Instead of preserving wild boar, antelope, and Barbary sheep, however, he set up an elaborate monitoring system and rigged his ranch with guns that can be triggered over the Internet. That means that a "hunter" in New Hampshire can now shoot an animal in Texas while casually downloading music.

Mr. Lockwood claims his higher goal is to provide people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in a great American pastime. We see it as a high-tech lynching for fun and profit.




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