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Gored Utah Man Finds Out That Payback Really Is Hell

September 25, 2013



Written by Christina Matthies

Imagine your legs giving out as something sharp tears through your skin, shredding muscle and penetrating bones. Your heart races with panic as you see your own blood. You feel yourself growing weak, and you try to catch your breath, but you can’t move.

This is what deer, elk, moose, and other animals experience when they are shot down by hunters every year all over the U.S. And it’s exactly what Utah hunter Bradley Greenwood felt when he slipped and was gored in the face and neck on the antlers of a 700-pound elk he’d killed only moments before.

Greenwood isn’t the only hunter who’s hurt himself drooling over a “big rack.” With plans to place a billboard in Vernal, Utah, that shows an elk with blood dripping from his antlers and reads, “Payback Is Hell. Leave Animals Alone!” PETA is bringing attention to the fact that hunting draws blood on both sides. Every year, hunters hurt or kill themselves, friends, family, and even strangers innocently hiking through the woods.

Hunting isn’t necessary for human survival, and so-called “wildlife management” is a myth that often intentionally inflates “game” populations, rather than the reverse. Wildlife populations are self-regulating, responding to naturally occuring disease, the availability of food and habitat, and prey-predator relationships. Hunters hunt for the thrill of it, often injuring animals who manage to escape, only to die later from blood loss, infection, or predation.

Now that a recovering Greenwood knows what it feels like to gasp what you believe to be your last breaths, maybe he’ll stop killing animals and agree with PETA that compassion feels better than (bad) karma.

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you mess with the bulls or elks
you are going to get gored.
find something kind and safe to do
when you get bored!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2013 1:33 pm

    Looks good on him.


    • September 25, 2013 2:25 pm

      I would have to agree.


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      September 25, 2013 2:33 pm

      in the immortal words of rod stewart “he wears it well”


  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    September 25, 2013 1:55 pm

    you mess with the bulls or elks
    you are going to get gored.
    find something kind and safe to do
    when you get bored!


    • September 25, 2013 2:25 pm

      I love it! Thank you, hon, .


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        September 25, 2013 2:32 pm

        you are so welcome 🙂 and thank you!


    • catwhispurrer permalink
      September 27, 2013 11:55 am

      Unfortunately, hunters & matadors & those who run with the bulls think they are superior, and that is man’s true folly! Will they ever learn or develop empathy for these awesome beasts of Nature? Doubtful.


  3. September 25, 2013 2:27 pm



  4. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    September 25, 2013 2:32 pm

    the biggest bee-atch 😉


  5. September 25, 2013 7:57 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog.


  6. September 26, 2013 3:33 am

    Reblogged this on Wolf Is My Soul.


  7. September 26, 2013 6:41 am

    Reblogged this on Girl for Animal Liberation.


  8. catwhispurrer permalink
    September 27, 2013 11:51 am

    Yeah right. It takes a real “warrior” (in stealth and great distance) to spray steel bullets with lethal force to rip into the heart & brain of a powerful, majestic Elk who didn’t even see it coming! No animal deserves to be needlessly, ruthlessly KILLED within the boundaries of its own habitat in cold, cruel, calculated ambush. Man’s intrusion into wildlife’s territory disturbs the balance of Nature itself, and is no less pardonable than any other “home invasion”. True justice and karma was only denied by the fact that the “hunter” himself survived.



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