With the various Olympic records being shattered by American shooters in London, there’s an increased interest in the human interest stories behind Team USA. Unfortunately, that increased coverage has resulted in animal rights groups learning that many of our Olympic shooters – gasp – hunt! Here’s one report about the biggest attacks on Corey Cogdell:
She grew up in Alaska where wild game was whatâ€™s for dinner, hunting and fishing with her father and her sister. It was hunting that lead her to competitive shooting, which lead her to the bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. But, the rabid animal rights groups…started berating Cogdell with nasty comments and death threats. …
Cogdell gave a great statement on her Facebook page defending her hunting. Unfortunately, the comments have become so terrible that she decided to take down her fan page.
By the time I heard about what was happening, the page was removed. However, that hasn’t stopped animal rights activists from attacking her on blogs, Twitter, and other social networks. Here’s one woman who tries to claim that Cogdell conducts her Olympic practice on animals. You can find a Tumblr user who not only spreads the same lie about using animals for target practice, but goes on to say this about our Team USA Olympian:
Corey demonstrates true pyschopathic behaviour in this photograph by her lack of remorse.
Activists have started a petition out to convince the US Olympic Committee to kick hunters (and all of those who defend lawful hunting) off the team. Another animal rights blogger rants about how an athlete who hunts should be considered as engaging in misconduct:
Misconduct is a very mild word when used in reference to Olympic medalist, Corey Cogdell.
But I think Twitter is where some of the worst things have been posted to Cogdell’s account. There are the threats & wishes for bodily harm:
@coreycogdellYou are a DISGRACE to AMERICA..Killing Innocent Animals for Fun..I Hope someone HURTS You Badly over There!!!U R A POS!!!
— Y does that Matter (@GAC_BONESaddict) July 28, 2012
@coreycogdell U disgust me n clearly many people U sry excuse 4 a human being dont let a bullet hit u in the ass on the way out when u LOSE!
— amber (@AnimalLovrAmber) July 28, 2012
— Mob Ruldoon (@mobruldoon) July 30, 2012
@coreycogdell i hope your rifle backfires on you,,animal killer!!!
— desmond van staden (@desmondino) July 28, 2012
@coreycogdell So, do you like to kill animals, right? Go fuck yourself nasty whore! You must dead.
— Alva Rojas (@rojas_alva) July 30, 2012
— Lennox Law (@lennox_law) July 31, 2012
@coreycogdell Youre not remotely welcome here! Youre pointing that gun in completely the wrong direction you moo-cow.
— Jade Fluffy Lay (@Fluffy_4eva) July 31, 2012
There are the wishes for her to fail:
— Teresa T (@riverdancefan) July 29, 2012
@coreycogdell I hope you fail miserably.You are disgusting.
— Nicholas (@NicholastheWise) July 29, 2012
@coreycogdell What You have done to all these Animals,seen on your Fb Account already sent to the IOC to get a Killer like U OFF the Games!
— sik ion (@sixyl) July 29, 2012
@coreycogdellShoot targets, not unarmed defenceless animals,I hope your olympic dreams wind up as dead as that zebra!
— Marilyn Legge (@ScantiLee) July 28, 2012
Yes, this is the kind of support that our Olympic athletes are getting right now as they prepare for their competitions. So, if you’d like to lend a little support to Team USA, you can find the list of all of the shooters on Twitter here. I’m sure they could use a bit more positive support after seeing what Corey has had to deal with.
UPDATE: Here’s even more threats against Corey from other networks. More Americans are involved than on the Twitter accounts, including a Minnesota man who says he wants to physically assault her.
Below the jump, there’s more of a taste of how these animal rights folks view hunters just because they don’t agree with the pastime. I suppose it’s a great representation of the new civility. Continue reading “Abusive Anti-Hunting Advocates are Targeting U.S. Olympic Shooters”