PETA tells girl brutally mauled: ‘Put yourself in the place of the’ bear


An infamously over-the-top animal rights group told a Pennsylvania teen who was mauled by a black bear that she should think of the poor animal and stop hunting.

Camille Bomboy

Camille Bomboy

Camille Bomboy, 18, was hunting deer near her family farm in Lock Haven on Dec. 9, when the bear attacked her, nearly ripping her ear off her head, according to

The bear only stopped the attack when Bomboy’s step-father scared the animal away by firing his gun in the air.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, commonly known by its acronym PETA, wasted little time. Its special projects division manager sent a letter to the still-recovering girl four days after the attack. The letter read, according to

December 13, 2013

Dear Ms. Bomboy,

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. There used to be a bumper sticker that read, “I support the right to arm bears!” That was a joke, but in all seriousness, it would be a blessing if you were to abandon hunting and decide to live and let live.

As this mother bear demonstrated, animals form intense bonds with their young, just as we do, and will go to great lengths to protect them, just as your stepfather did for you. Like us, animals value their lives and don’t want to be killed. And many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they’re injured by hunters but not killed outright, which I’m sure you know firsthand from being in the woods. A study of 80 radio-collared deer found that of the 22 deer who had been shot with “traditional archery equipment,” 11 were wounded but not recovered.

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.

Kind regards,

Alicia Woempner
Special Projects Division Manager

I’d wager that if Woempner was ever was attacked by a ferocious bear, she’d be armed to the teeth each time she decided to “enjoy nature.”

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  • RollinColeFarm

    I am an avid animal lover, as well as married to a hunter & we have a small farm where we have butchered our own chickens & turkeys. People who hunt properly do their best to never leave an animal wounded. They track sometimes for days. This was INCREDIBLY HORRIBLE of PETA! Absolutely appalling! They are valuing the life of the bear & deer over this young girl! God gave all animals into our hands. To care for & TO EAT! I’m sure the girl realized she was too close to the cub after this horrible event, but she wasn’t out there looking for bears! Leave this poor girl alone! Leave hunters alone! Focus on the scum who abuse their pets, livestock or fight animals, starve them or poach them. Most hunters are animal lovers! They USE what they kill, they respect the animal & admire it’s beauty. PETA is full of under-educated, misinformed, jerks. Just another group trying to force their beliefs on the rest of us. “Tolerance” tolerate & accept that bear tried to kill you cause you were on its territory…yet if I shoot a robber for coming on my territory I’m wrong. That bear didn’t attack her because she had a gun, even if she were “non-violently” enjoying nature it would have! Her step fathers gun saved her life! Alicia W & PETA need to educate themselves!

    • aliswell

      RCF, you’re absolutely correct, however, you’re appealing to people who place an “ad” on a billboard celebrating a teen’s shark attack and think stripping off their clothes in protest of something is a sensible and winning approach.

      Short and sweet: they’re loons.

    • alan

      I saw no where in this story where there were any cubs in the vicinity…..This idiot from PETA which by the way stands for People that eat meat should get their facts straight….

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  • Arden Hale

    Well, that was a very callous and insulting letter. Can we put the person who wrote it in the place of the girl instead?

  • Sarah L Nield

    PeTA is right! We have no right to kill or harm anything for our entertainment.
    How would you all like it if it was your family being attacked?
    I bet every one of you boast about being pro life.
    Hypocrites. You make me feel ill!
    This planet would be better without humans at all.
    Now all get together and cry and whine about a woman you will never meet upset your precious feelings while you kill other species and eat their flesh.

    • Colonoscopy

      Since you hate being a human, is it alright if we eat human flesh?

    • Candace Zingg

      Seriously ??? What is it with you loons??

    • PrincessJasmine4

      People for

      “Now all get together and cry and whine about a woman you will never meet”

      Because we’re going to meet our meat?


      “…while you kill other species and eat their flesh.”

      But you’re ok with killing members of your own species at their most vulnerable state?
      Should look in the mirror before you pull the hypocrisy card

      You and people of your ilk are a sick

    • Ya Dont Say?

      Since you feel for the animals, please go live with them…leave all your worldly possessions behind and make sure you remind those animals that you CARE about their feelings and you never want to hurt any of them. How much do YOU think a bear cares? people are easier to get than a deer.

    • Sarah Batson

      The more people I find I share a name with the more I want to change it….

  • Colonoscopy

    Make sure you carry a caliber big enough to take down a bear. I presume, if you were deer hunting, you had the rifle with you.

  • edjuk8

    This from a group that euthanized hundreds of animals and put them in the trash bin in their Virginia Beach location. They make me sick.

  • sickandtired

    The PETA people need to be educated. All animals need to be culled. With some it happens naturally but in large animals it needs to be done by hunters.
    In areas where there are no hunters animals starve every year because the animal population grows more than the land can feed.

    • toraki

      What about culling humans, they are a plague on the planet, they kill more than any other animal. Not for food, but for sport, and as soon as someone makes a stand to protect the helpless animals, the so called intelligent animals (humans) turn on them. Makes you feel ashamed to be human

  • James C. Pierce, Jr.

    Frankly were I the girls father the bear would have been dead. Regardless of whether there were cubs.

    It would have been a demonstation of how humans can also be very attached to their offspring.

  • Joanne Christie

    PETA is a bunch of fanatics who are lunatics. They are in the same category as Environmentalists, EPA & the Libs.

  • Ya Dont Say?

    $30+ million in revenue year after year, and they still klII 96% of all the companion animals they can get their hands on. SICK bunch of morally bankrupt publicity whores.

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