Fellow spokespeople for those who cannot speak for themselves:
Back in the fall of 2005, Laurie Crawford Stone of Iowa had a wonderful view out
her back window, of the occasional visit of a magnificent White-Tailed
buck - a deer yet of no name. (Braveheart - 01)
On November 25, same year, she was devastated by the sight of an arrow
imbedded in the upper chest of the deer.
Meanwhile, the deer disappeared, and Laurie presumed him dead. But in
May, 2006, she saw him again. By then, he had shed his antlers, and the
shaft of the arrow had broken off, but the wound was still plainly
visible. And then, as if just stopping by to say, "I'm okay," the deer
In October 9, 2006, an emaciated created staggered back into her
backyard. Laurie was shocked as well as amazed, and heard herself saying
aloud, "You are still alive!" One month after that, the long suffering
buck was finally out of his misery. (Braveheart - 04)
Laurie named him Braveheart.
Braveheart has become, for me, and for those who have come to know his
story, an icon in condemnation of the cruel entertainment called Bow
Statistically, the killing/wounding ratio of bow-hunting is about
50/50, meaning that for every hundred deer killed by an arrow, another
hundred stumble around in the woods for days, weeks, or even months.
Another statistic - For every deer killed by an arrow, about 15 arrows
would have been shot.
Need I say more? What Braveheart said is the final word! Bow hunting
must end! How many Bravehearts must die before this barbaric practice is
banned once and for all?
This is by no means to say that hunting by firearm is acceptable in the
least, but in the dark realm of unacceptability, bow hunting is the
darkest of them all.
Anthony Marr, founder
ps - All photos by Laurie Crawford Stone.
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