How far would you go to protect your family? Camille Bomboy, an 18-year-old freshman at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, was hunting deer with her family last week when she inadvertently stepped between a black bear and her cubs. Out of instinct to protect her cubs, the mother bear attacked Camille, leaving bite wounds on her body and nearly severing her ear. Her stepfather fired a shot in the air to scare the bear away, and Camille was rushed to the hospital. She had reconstructive surgery and was released on Tuesday.

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Though Camille’s mother and stepfather are calling her survival a miracle, they have said that the incident will not keep them from hunting in the future.

PETA and peta2 are urging Camille’s family to hang up their hunting gear for good! Just like human parents, animals such as bears and deer form intense bonds with their babies and will risk their own lives to protect them.

PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said:

No one should have to experience the pain and fear of being under attack simply for being in the woods. PETA wishes Ms. Bomboy a speedy recovery and prays for a change of heart and hobbies for her and her family—nonviolent activities such as nature appreciation and protection, bird-watching, hiking, or photography.

Hunting might have been necessary for human survival in prehistoric times, but today, most hunters stalk and kill animals merely for the thrill of it, not out of necessity. This unnecessary, violent form of “entertainment” rips animal families apart and leaves countless animals orphaned or badly injured when hunters miss their targets.

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Many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they are hurt but not killed by hunters. A study of 80 radio-collared white-tailed deer found that of the 22 deer who had been shot with “traditional archery equipment,” 11 were wounded but not recovered by hunters. A study also showed that 20 percent of foxes who are wounded by hunters are shot again, and a South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks biologist estimates that more than 3 million wounded ducks go unretrieved every year. A British study of deer hunting found that 11 percent of deer killed by hunters die only after being shot two or more times and that some wounded deer suffer for more than 15 minutes before dying.

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To combat hunting in your area, post “no hunting” signs on your land, join or form an anti-hunting organization, protest organized hunts, and spread deer repellent or human hair (from barber shops) near hunting areas.

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