Parents of the scouts were notified before the trip and were followed up with by Mr. Gary to make sure they each knew that their children would see an animal being killed.
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The troop leader of the Navarra Boy Scout Troop located in Florida has come under scrutiny from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after demonstrating how to clean and cook two rabbits during a 36-hour wilderness survival training lesson.
James Gary received a letter from PETA expressing their disapproval after he posted a photo of his scouts holding a dead rabbit on his Facebook page.
Gary explained that “he thought it important for the boys to learn about safety concerns in preparing and cooking wild game” according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. The two rabbits were purchased from a local breeder who raises them for food.