That link provides one side of the story.. although it doesn't mention the banning of the season..
a better link..
NYS HUMANE SOCIETY: (rolls eyes)
ACTION ALERT - CANNED HUNTING
Imagine a ram standing peacefully. Then imagine this same ram being shot over and over again by arrows. Still not dead, the ram is shot to death. Why was this done? Simply for amusement and so the killer could get the ram's head as a trophy.
This is the world of canned hunting. Canned hunts are hunts that occur in areas where the animal has no reasonable chance of escaping. Usually animals who are accustomed to human handling are used in canned hunts so they do not even attempt to escape their killers. Many of these animals are from zoos. The killers choose the animal they wish to kill, which is guaranteed, and pay substantial sums of money in advance of the kill.
The New York Legislature passed a law a few years ago to address canned hunting but the law is inadequate because it does not prohibit canned hunting if the area where the animal is being hunted is more than ten acres. The canned hunt facilities in New York contain hundreds of acres.
The animals do not make substantial efforts to escape their killers regardless of the acreage because their lives have been so manipulated that they expect food, not death, from humans. Even if they did make an effort to escape, they are prevented from doing so because of fencing and other barricades. As Mike Winikoff, the investigator who filmed the ram being shot, stated, "If there's a fence, then there are corners to that fence, and any animal may be easily pushed towards those corners, trapped, and killed, by even the most inexperienced hunters…The animals have no chance whatsoever to escape."
Sorry.. this info is the best I can do. I'm not finding much if anything on it when I search for it.