"Bears are so cool," said the girl. "You hear about people shooting deer all the time, but you don't hear about girls shooting bears.'' And sure enough, after hiking deep into the remote forests of northern Quebec, she had the chance. On the third night of their trip, Chad and his daughter spotted a black bear -- lured in by bait they had left out to make finding their target virtually effortless.
The girl says she was "scared", and seemed once again to hesitate taking its life.
"I leaned over and I started to tell her to take the shot," says Chad. "But before I could get the words out of my mouth, she pulled the trigger."
The wounded animal, struck by the girl's arrow, darted off in terror, only to fall dead moments later.
"Bear hunting is so much fun,'' Emily said. "When I walked up to it, I was speechless. I just kept thinking, ‘I just shot my own bear!'"
Chad plans to have his daughter's kill stuffed and mounted in their home.
Trophy hunting, that is to say, hunting for amusement and mementos alone, is considered by some to be a family tradition, couched as wholesome way to connect with nature -- but there is nothing natural about killing for fun. In fact, those who take the life of animals for such indefensible ends aren't hurting their animal targets, they're actually hurting us all.
Trophy hunting advocates tout the activity as a key form of conservation -- but in reality, it merely contributes to the gradual decimation of endangered species around the world. Join us in pledging never to support big game hunting of any form, and to stand with governments that ban the sale of imported animal "trophies."