Illinois man Valentine Wente is trying to figure out why his pet black bear, Boo-Boo, was killed on his own property.
The 3-year-old, 300-pound male bear was shot several times at point-blank range with a .380-caliber rifle while he was in his pen next to Wente’s trailer home.
Wente said that he has never had any previous problems with his exotic animals.
This exotic animal collector wonders if the killing of Boo-Boo has anything to do with a news release that PETA put on their website.
He said that PETA posted Wente’s name and address on their website because they suspected him of killing and skinning animals and turning their pelts into rugs. Wente denied those claims. PETA also said that Wente neglected Boo-Boo.
He wonders if the shooter got his address from PETA’s website.
“I don’t really know,” he said. “But if my address never goes out over the Internet, I believe I would still have my animal. I’m not blaming nobody, but after that got posted, things up and happened.”
Wente has had Boo-Boo since he bought him as a cub during an exotic animal sale. He admits that he may have eventually slaughtered Boo-Boo for his meat.
Source: Chicago Tribune