PETA Humanizing Animals Dehumanizing People

I must have missed this when it first happened last month, but it’s sufficiently disturbing that I think we should be reminded of it.

A Pennsylvania teenager was mauled by a bear while on a hunting trip. Fortunately she survived, though not uninjured, and with several scars she will carry the rest of her life. In their great wisdom, the folks at PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals) wrote her a letter, basically telling her it was her own fault and that the bear was well within its rights to try and kill her.

“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.”  

When told that the letter was kind of a jerk-move, PETA doubled down on their original letter.

“If there was ever a time when this girl might actually sympathize with the animals that she and her family go out and kill, we think that it’s now when she’s actually suffered a terrorizing attack of her own.” 

hypocriteSo, yes, the people at PETA could best be described with several strong profanities, of which I will abstain from. But there is more to be said here, isn’t there?

PETA, which basically represents the moderate wing of the fanatic environmentalist side of the Democrat party, is proving that these enviro-fascists cannot be reasoned with. In one simple act of self-serving media grabbing, they unmask themselves as completely insane.

In one letter, they humanize the animals being hunted and dehumanize the person who has suffered a grievous attack. So hell-bent are they on spreading their illogical belief that animals should be treated as we treat humans, that they are willing to sub-humanize people to do it.

Folks, treating animals cruelly is creepy and wrong. Most psychologists will tell you that it could be an early indicator that you are psychotic or at least sociopathic.

However, hunting and eating animals for food is not treating them cruelly. Most hunters and outdoorsman are much more respectful and careful of nature than the granola-eating urban hippies who make up the rolls of the PETA organization. Treat animals ethically, sure. But please remember that animals are animals and people are people.

We should treat each other better than PETA has treated this poor girl.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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