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      Girl Mauled By Bear Gets PETA Letter

      PETA, "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" has senta 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 familywere hunting in the woods of Pennsylvanialast Friday when she was attacked and mauled by a mother bear. {}Miss Bomboy nearly lost part of an ear andalso was bitten several times before her father fired a rifle to scare the bearinto running away. {}The bear was not shotand was not harmed.

      Peta's letter to Miss Bomboy said, among other things, "Nowthat you've experienced the horror of an attackalthough this one was inself-defensewe 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 putyourself in the place of the individuals you and the rest of your hunting partywere trying to kill," the letter said. "As terrifying as it must have been tobe attacked by a bear, please consider the frightening and painful experiencesthat hunters set out to impose upon animals."

      Here is the entire text of the letter:

      December 13, 2013

      DearMs. Bomboy,I amwriting on behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million members and supporters,including thousands across Pennsylvania, to send our best wishes for yourspeedy 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 theindividuals you and the rest of your hunting party were trying to kill. Asterrifying as it must have been to be attacked by a bear, please consider thefrightening and painful experiences that hunters set out to impose uponanimals. There used to be a bumper sticker that read, "I support the rightto arm bears!" That was a joke, but in all seriousness, it would be ablessing if you were to abandon hunting and decide to live and let live.Asthis 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 yourstepfather did for you. Like us, animals value their lives and don't want to bekilled. And many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they're injuredby hunters but not killed outright, which I'm sure you know firsthand frombeing in the woods. A study of 80 radio-collared deer found that of the 22 deerwho had been shot with "traditional archery equipment," 11 werewounded but not recovered.{}{}Nowthat you've experienced the horror of an attackalthough this one was inself-defensewe hope you will choose to enjoy nature in only nonviolent ways.Thank you for your consideration.Kindregards,AliciaWoempnerSpecialProjects Division Manager

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