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PETA to Bigfoot hunters: You shouldn't 'shoot and kill it' just because you can

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are certain about one thing, even though they do not acknowledge that Bigfoot is real: It is just as unethical to kill a Sasquatch as it would be any other animal. In a report posted by the CBS Houston on Jan. 30, the animal rights activists reacted to the idea much as expected, because to members of their organization, shooting and killing a living creature, whether it be for food or sport, is an atrocity.

PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt told The Houston Chronicle: “As an organization we do oppose hunting of any kind. It’s cruel and unnecessary and can damage populations and ecosystems.”

Rajt spoke out against the shooting of the legendary Bigfoot creature in the wake of news that self-proclaimed "Master Tracker" Rick Dyer is going on the road to show of the Bigfoot he supposedly shot and killed outside San Antonio, Texas, in late 2012. Dyer says he will tour North America, carting the Sasquatch carcass from town to town to prove that Bigfoot does exist and that he actually killed one.

Dyer has already released several photos of the hairy beast he claims to have killed. Although many are putting it down as just another hoax, Dyer says it is his redemption (Dyer is most famous for having a hand in the 2008 Georgia Bigfoot Hoax) and has even challenged the Spike TV series "The 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty" to pay up.

“The bottom line is, when someone sees a rare, exotic animal their first instinct shouldn’t be to shoot and kill it,” Rajt said . “Just because you see something pretty, that doesn’t mean it should be mounted on your wall. You are inflicting pain and suffering either way.”

Besides, according to Rajt, hunting animals is on the decline. Observing them, however, is on the ascendant.

Still, if given a chance, bigfoot hunters and tracking enthusiasts would probably want to shoot one rather than be satisfied with merely watching one lumber through the forest. And it would be legal.

Major Larry Young, game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife, told the Chronicle: “We don't acknowledge that one exists. But if you wanted to shoot and kill a Bigfoot in the state of Texas, you would just need a hunting license.”

Dyer claims he shot and killed the Bigfoot after luring the shaggy beast near his encampment with barbecued ribs he bought at a nearby Walmart that were rubbed with deer urine. The hunter faced considerable criticism after claiming he shot the Sasquatch, especially when he didn't produce a body and claimed that investors in the expedition -- a university -- had taken it for study. He claims that he legally wrested the Sasquatch carcass from the trip sponsors who had been examining it in Washington state.

The Bigfoot hunter says people will be able to judge for themselves whether or not Bigfoot is real, insisting he's not crazy and that the photos he's released are of an authentic Sasquatch. He told KHOU in Houston, “If that is not what you expected Bigfoot to look like I’m sorry. But that is Bigfoot. Period Case Closed.”

The national tour starts in February, kicking off in Flagstaff, Ariz., according to BigfootToday.com.