Caught on Camera: Polish Hunter’s Eye Gouged by Stag During Escape

Published by Sara Oliver.

The lifesaving escape of a stag left a Polish hunter bruised and bloody on the forest floor. Read on to find out about the eye-opening incident.

Once-Hunted Stag Makes It Clear That Payback Is Hell

Leszek Kaminiski was hunting in southeast Poland when he spotted a stag hiding in the brush in front of him. The first-person video footage that Kaminiski recorded appears to show him take several plodding steps toward the stag and raise his gun. Then, in a flash, the deer barrels toward him, knocking him off his feet and gouging his eye with an antler. The stag escaped, and a stunned Kaminiski lay on the forest floor, cursing in Polish and waiting for his companions to find him.

The Polish hunter underwent surgery on his right eye and the crown of his head, and no permanent damage to eye muscles or nerves was reported. However, he was left with a permanent lesson: Animals do not want to die. If the lesson that the stag taught him wasn’t enough, we hope the comments flooding his YouTube channel with accolades to the deer will instill in him that hunting is wrong.

Animals Are Not Ours to Eat or Use for Entertainment

Hunting is nothing more than cruel, unnecessary killing. In addition to the animals hunters intend to kill, hunting accidents result in death and injury to horses, cows, dogs, cats, hikers, and other hunters. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, thousands of injuries result from hunting in the U.S. every year—and that number includes only incidents involving humans.

Help End the Violence

To combat hunting in your area, post “No Hunting” signs on your land, form an anti-hunting organization, protest against organized hunts, and spread deer repellent or human hair (from barbershops) near hunting areas.

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Urge UPS to ban the shipment of hunting “trophies”:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind