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Girl Mauled By Bear Gets PETA Letter

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PETA, "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" has sent a letter to a young woman who was mauled by a bear asking her, among other things, to put herself into the place of animals being hunted.

18 year-old Camille Bomboy and other members of her family were hunting in the woods of Pennsylvania last Friday when she was attacked and mauled by a mother bear.  Miss Bomboy nearly lost part of an ear and also was bitten several times before her father fired a rifle to scare the bear into running away.  The bear was not shot and was not harmed.

Peta's letter to Miss Bomboy said, among other things, "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."

It continued, "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," the letter said. "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."

Here is the entire text of the letter:

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

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