The Humane Society calls it “pay-to-play shooting,” referring to the activity known as “captive hunting.” A bill under consideration in Springfield, sponsored by State Rep. Kelly Burke, an Evergreen Park Democrat, would stop any new “captive hunting” facilities from opening.
The measure would establish a moratorium on the number of captive hunting facilities for varying mammals in Illinois, most of which Burke says are for deer hunting.
State Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Harrisburg Democrat is opposed to the bill, saying the animals are not wild and are raised to be hunted, just like cattle is raised to be eaten.
He says it is totally wrong and questioned if they would next try to go after bird hunting. He claims that at the end of the day the Humane Society is totally against hunting, period and he thinks Burke’s measure is just a way for them to get their foot in the door.
House Bill 3118 has not been assigned to a House committee.