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Gored Utah Man Finds Out That Payback Really Is Hell

Written by Chrissy Matthies | September 16, 2013

Imagine your legs giving out as something sharp tears through your skin, shredding muscle and penetrating bones. Your heart races with panic as you see your own blood. You feel yourself growing weak, and you try to catch your breath, but you can’t move.

This is what deer, elk, moose, and other animals experience when they are shot down by hunters every year all over the U.S. And it’s exactly what Utah hunter Bradley Greenwood felt when he slipped and was gored in the face and neck on the antlers of a 700-pound elk he’d killed only moments before.

Greenwood isn’t the only hunter who’s hurt himself drooling over a “big rack.” With plans to place a billboard in Vernal, Utah, that shows an elk with blood dripping from his antlers and reads, “Payback Is Hell. Leave Animals Alone!” PETA is bringing attention to the fact that hunting draws blood on both sides. Every year, hunters hurt or kill themselves, friends, family, and even strangers innocently hiking through the woods.

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There’s No Sport in Murder

Hunting isn’t necessary for human survival, and so-called “wildlife management” is a myth that often intentionally inflates “game” populations, rather than the reverse. Wildlife populations are self-regulating, responding to naturally occuring disease, the availability of food and habitat, and prey-predator relationships. Hunters hunt for the thrill of it, often injuring animals who manage to escape, only to die later from blood loss, infection, or predation.

Now that a recovering Greenwood knows what it feels like to gasp what you believe to be your last breaths, maybe he’ll stop killing animals and agree with PETA that compassion feels better than (bad) karma.

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  • A says:

    I think hunting is the most abhorrent ‘sport’ humans are involved in. Of all the animal cruelty issues in the world, this one really pushes my buttons. Very sad. Murdering for no reason other than the power, bragging rights, and the thrill. Get a fast red car if you need a thrill, and stop murdering beautiful creatures.

  • Linda says:

    Karma is right!!! He got what is victim gets – well deserving!! thank you!

  • Liz says:

    PETA I am begging you make that billboard into a tshirt! My girl and I will both buy one.Exactly the way it is,its the best sign Ive ever seen.

  • HUNTING IS STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says:

    Most of the soy substitute ‘burgers’ and ‘sausage’ look and taste so close to meat that most vegetarians eventually get turned off to eating these substitutes just for that reason: it tastes too much like the real thing. But you don’t have to worry about antibiotics and diseases from the overcrowding in the slaughterhouses. Taste of spices are the main thing, not the meat!!! HELPS: THOUSAND ISLAND SALAD DRESSING BY THE COMPANY, ‘FOLLOW YOUR HEART.’ IT TASTES LIKE DAIRY, BUT IT IS VEGAN. P.S. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO COMPLETELY REMOVE THE LEAD BULLETS OUT OF THE ANIMAL.

  • zigizagi says:

    I think the most hunters are either poorly educated people or emotionally challenged, who cannot find any other way to make them to feel good. Education or psychotherapy is their way for personal growth. How can people feel themselves important? -For instance, help the local communities, kids, animal shelters…

  • KARMA says:

    What comes around goes around. You get what you give. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Boomerang. Some people just don’t get it.

  • KARMAKAZE says:

    So good to see a comment like Richard’s instead of the guys with their in-your-face bragging about their ability to kill those who cannot fight back. Causing suffering and death for fun should not be deemed a sport. Matter of fact, it is a good definition of sadism.

  • Ann says:

    I just wish all nature will strike back and maybe we will get the message.

  • Maria Ruello says:

    this horror must stop. please STOP IT.

  • RICHARD says:

    PETA YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT OF HUNTING . WITHOUT HUNTING HOW CAN PEOPLE FEEL IMPORTANT . HUNTING GIVES THEM THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH OVER A HELPLESS BEING. IT’S NECESSARY FOR THEIR EGO AND SELFESTEEM . HOW ELSE CAN THEY FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSEVES . OH WAIT ! !…….. I JUST THOUGHT OF A WAY ! THEY COULD BE KIND TO ALL OTHER PEOPLE AND ANIMALS AND TRY TO BE AS NICE AS POSSIBLE EVERYDAY ! … IT WORKS FOR ME .

  • Mimi says:

    Karma- ? Those who don’t believe, probably this hunter found out that it indeed does happen…

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