An 18-year-old Pennsylvania girl was mauled by a bear Friday while hunting with her dad. The real story is the letter she received from PETA following the attack in which she suffered bite wounds and almost lost an ear.
Via The Blaze: The letter, which asked the girl to use the attack to rethink her position on hunting, was written by Alicia Woempner, special projects division manager at PETA, to Camille Bomboy, 18.
“I am writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands across Pennsylvania, to send our best wishes for your speedy recovery and ask you to take a few moments to reflect on this incident.
This seems to be a good opportunity to put yourself in the place of the individuals you and the rest of your hunting party were trying to kill. As terrifying as it must have been to be attacked by a bear, please consider the frightening and painful experiences that hunters set out to impose upon animals.
[It] would be a blessing if you were to abandon hunting and decide to live and let live. [M]any animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they’re injured by hunters.
Now that you’ve experienced the horror of an attack—although this one was in self-defense—we hope you will choose to enjoy nature in only nonviolent ways. Thank you for your consideration.”
Where does one begin? Thankfully, for 18-year-old Camille, she was not out in the woods “enjoying nature in a nonviolent way” (presumably meaning, unarmed) when she was attacked by the bear – in a very violent way.
Moreover, Camille can count her blessings – to use the term in the letter – that she was not accompanied by an equally-unarmed member of PETA – who would have surely tried to reason with the bear before it killed them both.
Incidentally, Camille’s dad used his rifle to scare off the bear.