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, 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 WeAreCentralPA.com.
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 WeAreCentralPA.com:
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.
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.”