I received this shocking email about Troy Gentry in my inbox this morning:
In 2004, Troy Gentry bought a tame named “Cubby” from Lee Marvin Greenly, the owner of “Minnesota Wildlife Connection,” where people can photograph wild animals that have been domesticated. He paid Greenly $4,650 – and then filmed himself shooting an arrow into the poor animal, all the while pretending the bear was wild and even dangerous.
Gentry was charged with a felony, but plead guilty to a misdemeanor and received a minor slap on the wrist. Though Greenly pled guilty to two felony charges, he received only probation.
“They literally got away with murder,” states Steve Hindi, President of SHARK. “But now the Court of Public Opinion is in session. We believe that anyone who watches this video will judge them guilty and condemn them as we do. Troy Gentry should never appear on a stage without a massive cry of “shame” blasting toward him.”
In the video, Gentry claims with glee that he shot Cubby in the lungs. While this brought Gentry much pleasure, as his glowing smile attests to, the reality is that when an animal is shot in the lungs they literally drown in their own blood (note how when Gentry is holding Cubby’s dead body, the bear’s mouth is filled with blood). Imagine someone shooting you with a razor sharp arrow and you crawl away, blood pouring from your mouth until hours later you finally die. That was Cubby’s fate, and how millions of other animals that are victims to bowhunters die.
Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) waged and won a three-year battle (including a victorious lawsuit) against the US Fish and Wildlife Service that forced the federal government to turn over the videotape of Gentry’s canned hunt killing.
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