Just over a week ago we posted a video and story about Troy Gentry shooting and killing a tame bear. This video is from 6 years ago but was just recently released to the public. 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 Troy’s canned hunt killing.
We have received more comments and emails about this post than any other in the two years we have been online. It seems most people are very passionate about their respect of animals. Although I disagree with some of what SHARK says in the video (questioning his patriotism and referring to lyrics in some Montgomery Gentry songs) I do agree with the majority that what he did was absolutely wrong and went unnoticed.
Fans and people are noticing now with the release of these tapes. On November 3rd, a dozen Arizona residents protested the Montgomery Gentry performance at the Arizona State Fair.
SHARK is continuing their war against Troy and they are calling on Home Depot and the Academy of Country Music to withdraw the Humanitarian Award it gave to Montgomery Gentry earlier this year.
In a statement from SHARK:
Earlier this year, Montgomery Gentry was given “The Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award.” It is an outrage that Gentry who has committed such inhumanity was given this honor. Therefore SHARK is calling on Home Depot and The Academy of Country Music to rescind it .
“Troy Gentry was a complete coward when he killed Cubby,” states Steve Hindi, President of SHARK, “His continued silence and refusal to acknowledge the videotape and current scandal shows an even deeper streak of cowardice in the man. His fame may have won him a slap on the wrist from the federal court, but we are now in the court of public opinion, where he can expect a verdict of long and lasting shame and condemnation.”
SHARK has also asked the USDA to revoke the Class C exhibitor’s license of Lee Marvin Greenly, owner and operator of Minnesota Wildlife Connection, who sold Cubby to Gentry.
So let’s keep this discussion going. Do you think Home Depot should recind Montgomery Gentry’s Humanitarian Award?
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