American hunter Josh Bowmar is facing a lot of outrage today after he released a footage of himself killing a black bear with a spear.
“All that time. All the preparation. All that practice…” he was heard saying on the video after a relatively small black bear left the area he had been targeting to make his strike.
Bowmar’s spear had been raised, ready to be thrown at the unsuspecting bear. Later on, the bear returned to the spot, and Bowmar struck at his target. He released a footage of the kill from the point of view of the spear he used. Later on, Bowmar appeared with a hunting buddy, pleased with himself as they checked out the dead bear up close.
Since then, Bowmar’s video sparked global outrage. Animal organization PETA released a brief statement saying, “THIS IS VIOLENCE. Man films himself spearing bear, then giggles & celebrates. There was even a #GoPro on the spear.”
The organization further said, “This video is everything wrong with hunting. Baiting a bear in their home, then celebrating once you’ve attempted to kill them is heartless.”
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Others in the social media world are outraged by Bowmar’s video. One wrote that Bowmar had “absolutely no regard for life or the beauty of such a majestic animal.”
Another wrote, “Why is killing an animal so much fun for some people? Something wrong with that. Sick.”
According to a report from Mirror, Bowmar is defending his actions amidst the outrage. “You all should be ashamed of yourselves for trying to kill a heritage that has existed for over a million years. Literally, since the dawn of man, the spear has been a vital role in survival,” he remarked.
The 26-year-old added, “Trust me, no one cares more about these animals than us hunters, especially me.”
Bowmar explained that his kill is humane as he was “extremely proficient” with his spear in harvesting the bear.
Since the video of Bowmar’s hunt came out, The Globe and Mail reports that Alberta government in Canada has pledged to ban spear-hunting in their area. As for Bowmar’s video, it has now been taken down.
— PETA (@peta) August 16, 2016