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Hunting Accident!

Written by PETA | October 30, 2007

A little light relief for you all this morning: A man in Tama, Iowa, was out pheasant hunting with his dog this week, when the mischievous little canine stepped on the hunter’s gun, shooting the man in the left leg. True story. The hunter, James Harris, is apparently recovering in an Iowa hospital, and, hopefully, having a long hard think about things like poetic justice, irony, and why it sucks to get shot at by another animal. There’s no word yet on whether the dog is being charged with the shooting.

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  • Rebel Sportsman says:

    I agree with christopher their is nothin wrong with hunting if you go into the sport with a good heart and respect what God made and only harvest the bag limit. Most importantly always eat what you harvest cause in america and the world their is less fortunate people who would love to eat some deer or squirrel or turkey. Hunter forever Baby! Their is such things as educated rednecks just come to Dagsboro, Delaware!

  • Cam says:

    So you’re HAPPY that a person got shot? That’s just wrong. Hunter or not, you shouldn’t be delighted a human being got shot.

  • Renee says:

    Peta along with all you people are a bunch of radical fundamentalists. You animal loving fucktards irritate me. There are other ways to get your message across without coming off as assholes that celebrate when a man gets shot in the leg. Dont you have better things to do with your time other than using it to trample on our rights. If i want to eat a hamburger then I should be able to eat the fucking thing without having to worry about one of you idiots sneaking up and pouring red paint all over my clothes. If i want to wear leather the same applies. There has to be other ways to promote your message other than assault which is what you do every time you pour red paint all over people. Grow up Peta. Humans are meant to be carnivorsomnivors. We are meant to hunt and eat animals. Just like most animals are carnivors who hunt and eat each other. We just have the smarts to rear our animals instead of hunting them like we live in the dark ages. While I find your efforts to raise animal rights awareness admirable your methods are excessively strong.

  • claude says:

    there is nothing wrong with hunting and fishing why dont you people find something better to do with your time instead of trying to trample on other peoples rights.

  • Karl says:

    As a HusbandFatherEngineer Aerospacehunter fisherman hiker camper ATVer musician and artist who absolutely loves and craves the outdoors I can only say one thing about you PETA…HUUZZAA!! Mine and my childrens outdoor rights will never be in danger as long as you keep doin what you do!! THANKS PETA!!!

  • Caboose says:

    Bounty Hunting is better.

  • AO says:

    “If you kill an animal you hunted how do you plant an animal to replace it?” If you bought a hunting permit that money supports wildlife conservation programs which benefit wildlife and natural habitat which everyone can enjoy.

  • courtney says:

    Its not the dogs fault anyway so we should just shut up. The man was stupid for going hunting in the first place.

  • meat eater says:

    im a meat eater for life ducks deer turkey and coon kill em all love to hunt…

  • A-man says:

    I wish I could write an entire book about why hunting is not murder here but I woudn’t have enough room. First hunting can’t be murder because murder is the killing of another person not a wild animal. Second anyone who thinks that hunters are all drunk rednecks that just go out and blow the crap out of everything should really think it over. Although there are some people who do this they all are trully disliked by real hunters. Some hunters live in cities! So not all hunters are rednecks. Finally huter conservation is not a load of bull. If you knew how much hunting has actually helped with all the money spent you would be amazed. Also the goverment has set up laws now so a species will not go extinct. Oh and just one more thing. Hunters can’t be cowards if they can stand 80 footpounds of recoil.

  • ali says:

    Why is everyone being so nasty? If people want to be vegetarian then let them who are we hurting? We didn’t shoot this man. I don’t know who this doctor is but to be honest he doesn’t sound very intelligent big words don’t make you clever. Education does though and obviously Dr Cochran has never been taught the difference between right and wrong. It’s quite pathetic that you feel the need to come on this site and tell us that we are wrong it’s almost like you thrive off arguing with these people. Leave them alone you won’t win!

  • Jaquie says:

    Why are you all giving this idiot your time? getting back to the issue when i heard this story about the hunter i just laughed and laughed and laughed etcetcetc good dog.

  • Susannah S says:

    Dr. Cochran You’re not really a doctor are you? No doctor of my acquaintance and I know several one of whom is my brotherinlaw has TIME to sit and write long pompous letters on a web site for a cause he doesn’t even like. So…are you retired or just a fake or do you have so few patients that you get on the blogs between them? At any rate WHY do you come on a PETA web site to talk about hunting and what you’ve had to eat today? Do you just like to cause controversy? If so why not try a hobby instead? If not then why not try to understand the point of view here instead of constantly poohpoohing it with your alleged superior wisdom? There are many things to be learned from the animal rights cause even if you don’t believe in it things like compassion proper stewardship of the planet and how to be more of a complete human being. Your “gentleman farmer” attitude strikes a hollow note here and is irrelevant to put it politely.

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    The post of 10.31.07 at 1516 is most definitely not me.

  • TK says:

    I think Dr. Cochran MD is not an MD at all. What kind of doctor spends all day trying to get a rise out of people? Unless you suck as a doctor and have a lot of time on your hands. Humm I am guessing that he is some overweight scumbag that sits around playing video games all day because he does not have a life or a significant other. Am I right Chrissy?

  • Ariel says:

    I was laughing so much at the infamous ccmd’s “apologetic” comments that it took a while for me to compose myself in order to write! LOL Ok now let’s get serious. He has tried to undermine our intelligence ever since making his first announcement on this blog site. If there is anyone out there besides me who didn’t think he has been posting comments for the purpose of “riling” us since day one and has been continuing with his “pranks” speak up now. but I’ll give him credit for finally owning up to the truth of his intentions. I remember for a fact that immediately ar’s activists caught on to his act by a lot of commenters who told him so. Nevertheless several of us gave him just a tad of the benefit by having attempting to have mature discussions with him but he decided to make more and more juvenile comments. He has been reading our “thoughts” and “justifications” all along and now wants a “fair chance” to hear us out? Well he has been getting MORE than a fair chance for months despite his stupidity and attempted insults. This is NOT a matter of not forgiving him. It’s a matter of not “exalting” HIM by giving him more reason to express his nonsense by justifying his lust for killing animals on an ANIMAL RIGHTS’ blog site! Now he wants to control us “PETAphiles” just as much as he wants to control wildlife. He knows he’s really being bombarded now and feels uncomfortably targeted so he comes up with a lame apology to try to save his act and his overinflated ego. As I said long ago I know as well no doubt a lot of other people know there are “MDs” who shouldn’t even have their names in the same sentence with that honorable title. Cocky YOU are one of them! You are a disgrace to the medical profession as well as to the human species! And also as I recently said a leopard doesn’t change his spots. So Cocky don’t count me among the ones who you think are going to believe you!

  • Valerie says:

    Dear almost everyone on here Im a hunter since I was 8 years old my dad would take me hunting. Growing up in Alaska was the place to be for outdoor activities and thats what I know. Its a tradition that has gone down my family many many years and I will continue it. When you guys say that we the hunters are a “group of uneducated people”…I dont think so. Speaking for myself I have a bachelors in Zoology and I am taking a course in wildlife conservation. I graduated with honors. Does that make me uneducated? did ya’ll know that hunting IS away of wildlife conservation? that is why we have hunting seasons we keep in balance the amount of animals there are so we can assure their survival. EXAMPLE deer season they let you take certain amount of bucks male deer and does female to keep the buck to doe ratio even so they can mate and eventually reproduce. If there were too many there woudnt be enough food and they would die from starvation. What do u prefer? To my point about the post…. Accidents happen all the time unfortunately this individual wasnt careful while hunting. he didnt have his safety on and like someone previously said he shouldnt have the gun loaded when he was walking. About the dogs…These dogs are bred to hunt its in their instict. My dog I’ve never trained him to hunt and hes a pure bred retriever hes always looking for lizards birds and actually sometimes brings them to me as a gift. This guy is not going to file charges that is ridiculous…. Like in everything else there are a few bad apples that spoil the whole bunch. I know in my group of people that we go out with they are all very educated very ethical and very resposible people. It kills me that you guys have to bash it that way. We are killing the animals without cruelty. I’d say most of the time99.9 they die a torture free death unlike the cattle farms eggs famrs and all the other places yall have videos on here for. Thats my point of view. I dont bash you its your free will to have a belief but dont bash us. Thats all… oh and please dont go after our kids either thats a below the belt move.

  • Mars says:

    So much for innocent animals then if by the AR posts the dog now has “evolved” to human mental levels where violence equals justice.Welcome to the human world doggy! As for myself. I’ll just continue with the understanding that the dog had no clue of the operation of a firearm let alone malice to the human that was helping him fulfill his natural desire to hunt.

  • Doug says:

    I didnt take the time to read through all the bickering but I will say this. I am a wing shooter and I go to great lengths to make sure the places I hunt have only wild birds and not the clipped wing cage bred birds that are common at some of the more expensive richman lazyman hunt clubs. Moreover I dont go to extremes I shoot more clays than birds I just like to be out in the country and no I am not an inbred hillbilly. My favorite part about the hunt is being outside and watching my dogs do what they were born to do and thats flush out and retreive birds. They go absolutely nuts when we are driving to the field they seem to know on the days we are going out hunting. I understand that PETA defends the rights of all animals but to be celebrating the fact that this man’s dog whom he no doubts treats better than some people treat their kids in this country shot his owner and that is a form of Karma is just out of control. I will not apologize for being a hunterbut the fact that I search this site to make sure the meat and or everyday items that I use are in line with what PETA’s beliefs are for the fair treatment of animals or at least as close as I can get to respecting the rights of animals without going vegan shows that not all of us hunters are mindless cavemen.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Ariel and Doug Thanks for your kind comments on myahemvivisection “piece” a while back. Christopher I think man is really incapable of judging the “intelligence” of other animals especially from our myopic jaundiced viewpoint. There are many kinds of intelligencemathematical athletic artistic musical verbal intuitive sensory spatial etc. There are many animals that with little fanfare accomplish feats daily we can only dream of. Remember “intelligent” man also once fervently believed the earth was flat. “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. We patronize them for their incompleteness for their tragic fate of having taken form so far beneath ourselves. And therein we err and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complex than ours they move finished and complete gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren they are not underlings they are other nations caught with ourselves in the net of life and time fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” Harry Beston “It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.” Mark Twain.

  • susan says:

    I am a nurse and find Christopher cochran’s comments very frightening. Is it Dr. Christopher Cochran speaking or Dr. Hanibal Lechter? Just wondering.

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  • kelly says:

    Hunters are also among the worst culprits when it comes to dog abuse They believe silly old wives tales and don’t alter their dogs. Result? Thousands of unwanted and dumped puppies They overbreed then dump the “washouts” often in the woods to starve They chain their dogs force them to live outside starve them beat them Hillbilly hunters are among the worst offenders when it comes to treating dogs like absolute garbage despite all their empty talk about how much they love their dogs