Eighteen-year-old Camille Bomboy and her stepfather and stepbrother were out deer-hunting on their own Pennsylvania property when Camille was confronted by a mother bear. Camille sustained bite injuries on her arms and shoulders and nearly lost one of her ears before her stepfather took Biden’s advice and fired his shotgun into the air to scare the bear away. It worked, and as far as we know, he’s not facing any charges for “reckless endangerment” or “unlawful discharge of a firearm,” but just you wait.
Now, Camille is still recovering at home from her run-in with Mama Bear, and to add insult to injury, she’s received some kind and encouraging words of advice from PETA, the organization who kills animals “ethically.”
They wrote her a letter asking her to put this whole incident in perspective. What she endured was painful and scary and all that, but just imagine what it must be like for the deer or other animals that she’s been hunting since she was 10. What about their feelings and emotions? PETA’s hoping that this incident will teach Camille a lesson and convince her never to hunt animals again. Here was their letter:
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
Camille stated that she’s not going to let an incident like barely surviving a bear attack keep her from hunting. And PETA is showing that they don’t let mini-crises like these go to waste.