Well if that really is honestly the most humane way they can come up with of keeping boars off their land then I truely do feel sorry for them for having missed at least one evolutionary step in mankind.
Agreed! And the wild hogs are supposed to be good eatin tooI'm going to be frank here...who cares? They are boars, not people.
I'm all for it. The dogs have a job that they love to do. It's what they were made for. Plus, that hog had a better life(and a better death) than the hormone-injected, crap-fed, miserable animals butchered"humanely" in a slaughterhouse so we can buy our nicely packaged pork loin or sausage.
If my dog were killed on a hunt by a hog, I would be darn proud that my dog had the guts to stick with the fight. Yes, it would suck that I lost my dog and I would be upset.But can we at least have some consistency? If you feel its ok for hogs to be killed this way then fine but how would you feel if your dog was put through this prior to being killed.. Would you still not care? Would you still not shed a tear? Come on now FP they are dogs, not people. Right?
War is being waged right now across the country -- against huge, ever-growing packs of feral pigs that are running rampant, destroying crops, killing wildlife and spreading disease everywhere they go, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports.
They’ve been spotted all the way from Texas to California to Michigan and in New York.
“It's estimated there are at least 4 million of them nationwide, but its impossible to count them all so there may be much more” said Carol Bannerman, a spokesman for the USDA Wildlife Services.
Officials say they cause more than $8 million worth of damage every year. “That amount doesn’t include impact to the natural environment and native species, or to water” Bannerman said. One disease humans can get, she said, by coming in contact with the beasts bodily fluids is called "swine brucellosis," and is extremely painful.
Historians think the hogs were first brought by explorers to this country from Spain in the late 1500s. The boars bred and spread -- and have chomped their way across the country ever since, devouring crops and small livestock.
The pigs are most prevalent in the South, where the climate is most conducive. Texas is said to have the largest population.
In Florida, the animals’ numbers are rapidly increasing. Bryan Swanson, of All Star Animal Rescue in St. Petersburg, said his phone has been ringing off the hook lately, as the pigs make their way into neighborhoods and playgrounds.
“Their population is absolutely exploding because their breeding cycle is insane,” Swanson said. “Just six months after being born, the hogs can have a full litter of up to 13 more hogs. They have no natural predators, so there's nothing to stop them.”
Swanson said people have complained about pets being attacked and yards being destroyed. “You can have a beautifully manicured lawn one day and then wake up the next day and its like a bulldozer went through it," he said.
One group that enjoys the growing pork population are hunters.
“A lot of people like to hunt feral swine because the pigs are so intelligent, it’s a lot more challenging to hunt them than, say, deer or bears. They’re considered fun to hunt,” said Mary Dettloff of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The state, which is estimated to have about 6,000 wild swine, now has a “shoot on sight order,” which means anyone with any type of hunting license can legally kill a feral pig. In July 2011, it will become legal for a person to shoot a hog that comes onto his property as well, she said.
Although Midwest states like Michigan have a smaller number of swine, the animals are so adaptable they’re able to survive even in harsh winter weather by growing hair on their coats and developing tusks, Dettloff said, so “we expect to see a lot more of them over the next several years.”
Animal rights groups are outraged over what they say is persecution of pigs. Don Anthony, of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, said he doesn’t believe the swine are causing all the problems that are claimed. (Blind and ignorant people are a big problem IMHO)
He wants state leaders to “leave them alone or find a way to neuter them to keep their population down,” he said. Since the hogs have been in the United States for five hundred years, they’re “almost natives,” so “we should be used to them by now. Killing them is barbaric and unnecessary,” he said. (This guy is absolutely clueless !!!)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking the problem very seriously. "Because of the impact it has on everything from agriculture to natural resources and humans’ health and safety, its an extremely important problem,” Bannerman said.
A great thread with many interesting views, i agree that alot of the videos portray Hog Hunting in a crueller light, the most recent of which does help to balance that slightly, but its healthy and interesting debate to see how views vary. I find myself agreeing with chris's input 100%.
Josh, whilst i respect your input also, i don't think Chris has pinpointed a specific person, merely highlighting what the video portrays. I think anyone is able to judge the view or opinion of anyone if they don't agree.
Just as someone may be brought up PROhunting others may be brought up ANTIhunting (irrelevant of if its humane or not), just as some people are Racist and other are not, or some are sexist or others are not.
If i met a racist i would disagree with their POV and that outlook on life because its not something i agree with, just as someone will do the same if they disagree with people who hunt in a fashion they consider inhumane. What im saying is don't take it personally if you think the people chris has described are somewhat similar to the way you may think you are.
Edit; may i add i agree hunters are required to maintain the amounts of lots of different overbreeding animals, and in most cases do a good job. But i think there are still better way to do the job.
AGREED 100% ...The video kinda bothered me to watch... The hog was trying to kick and get away while it was being bit and torn open. I know it's just nature but it's still sad to watch anything suffer.I realize some of those feral hogs need killing. I have no problem with that. All kind of animal populations get out of control and need to be culled. But, at one point in the video it looked like one of the dogs was ripping the guts out of the hog. I just don't like to see anything suffer. I don't care what it is.