Never one to waste an opportunity, no matter how tragic, PETA exploited a local murder in order to advance its anti-hunting agenda.
On February 24, 2009 PETA sent a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell urging him to support legislation making it illegal for those under 18 to hunt.
The letter comes on the heels of allegations that an 11-year-old boy from Wampum shot and killed his father’s pregnant girlfriend with a youth-model shotgun
The letter suggests that hunting leads to violence among children.
The tactic of pushing hunting bans after tragic events is nothing new to PETA. The letter to Governor Rendell mirrors a similar effort by the group in November, 2008.
At the time, PETA urged then-Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to push for similar legislation after a 9 year old boy allegedly murdered his father and another man with a .22 caliber rifle.
“There is not a single shred of evidence indicating hunting had anything to do with this attack,” stated USSA Senior Vice President Rick Story.