July 7, 2016
Yesterday SHARK held a press conference in Maryland to expose the vicious slaughter of cownose rays on the Chesapeake Bay.
A baby ray that was shot with an arrow and died a terrible death
By being on the water and using our Angel, we were able to take unprecedented video that showed the rays being shot at point-blank range and then tortured on the bowhunter's boat. This animal abuse included one ray that we documented was still alive and struggling for a full 30 minutes after she and been shot with an arrow and dumped into a bucket filled with bloody water. We filmed another ray being violently beaten and repeatedly stabbed with a gaff. The entire killing contest was a disgrace.
One bowhunter, whose named we discovered is Joe Bowles, made a shocking revelation when he said that he was related to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the implication being that they had his protection to continue to slaughter helpless rays, many of whom were pregnant. Mr. Bowles' statement is great cause for alarm, as there has been massive public outrage against cruel ray killing contests, with more than 137,000 people having signed a petition to end them, yet Governor Hogan has taken no action to follow the will of the people.
If Mr. Bowles was telling the truth, then Governor Hogan has abused his power to protect a handful of vile men, men who proudly fly the Confederate flag and who commit heinous acts of animal abuse.
The press conference was a great success, with three television stations and one newspaper covering the story. The issue has also been taken up in the British press and has gone international.
The stories published so far. We expect there to be more:
Fox 5: Animal rights groups ask lawmakers to end 'cruel' cownose ray hunts
The Daily Mail: 'It's just an excuse for a blood fest'
The Daily Star: Sick killers shoot and torture mother and baby rays
Capitol Gazette: Advocates continue push against cownose ray killings
We will have much more about this important campaign in the near future. In the meantime, please share our video on social media, comment on the stories that have been released so far and please call Governor Larry Hogan and politely ask that he take immediate action to stop the wholesale slaughter of these majestic animals.
Governor Larry Hogan