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."