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'American Hoggers'

Under Attack

for Ultra-Violent Pig Slaughter

10/22/2011 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The gun-toting family on A&E's new reality show "American Hoggers" are under fire from an animal rights group for the gruesome way the pigs are "tied up and shot" on the show ... TMZ has learned.

In case you haven't seen it -- "American Hoggers" follows Jerry "Hog Boss" Campbell ... and his family as they hunt and kill feral pigs ... armed with hunting dogs and guns. It's pretty graphic ... even for A&E.

The show just premiered this week -- and it didn't take long for PETA to take notice. In fact, the animal rights org. has just released a statement saying, "the Campbells' show promotes cruel animal-control measures and gross mistreatment of wildlife."

PETA claims it acknowledges that feral pigs can be problematic in parts of Texas, but the group says, "If property owners insist on lethal control, then feral hogs should be cage-trapped and afforded a quick, painless death."

We reached out to A&E for comment, and so far haven't received a response.

** WARNING -- the clip is very graphic **

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136.

VICTORIA    

OMG seriously ppl its the way of life here. I'm from texas & damn proud of the way of life! What you just saw happens everyday, with that being said PETA needs to worry about the cute fuzzy little coats there on a mission to save & leave Texans alone. Hog hunting is not only is a sport, but its necessary to protect our land & our family!!!

1026 days ago
137.

tex2234    

peta IS STUPID

1023 days ago
138.

dee    

Absolutely a disgusting show, inhumane, and does NOT need to be on television

1022 days ago
139.

Andy Rohner    

Inhumane killing, really...PETA get serious. Hoogs are obviousely a problem and I take it, since the State of Texas, pays for their destruction, it is backed up by State Laws. So much to the legal aspect of it. SAFETY, the clip clearly showed that the Hunters could have been hurt and have been in danger, therefore have the right and obligation to save themselves as well as their fellow friends. SELF PROTECTION. To the damage these Hoogs making, would PETA rather see, how businesses and folks living on their land, are getting hunted down by Hoogs... Would PETA then intervene, or are they rather talk the Hoogs into oblivion. Get SERIOUS, PETA is just jumping on the bandwagon for more advertisment, they really have no clue in what their saying, no respect to Ranchers and folks being threatened by this Hoog-Problem. Perhaps you join the Campbells for 1 Week and you find yourself exhausted and would be more then happy to have a good Hoog Steak. And remember, those Hoogs had a much better live then the meat you and Sausages you buy at your local Superstore. GET A LIVE, PICK YOUR NOSE AND PUT YOUR FINGERS RIGHT UP YOUR REAR END, if you want to make sense for once. Cheers Hoog Hunters.

1022 days ago
140.

Andy Rohner    

Inhumane killing, really...PETA get serious. Hoogs are obviousely a problem and I take it, since the State of Texas, pays for their destruction, it is backed up by State Laws. So much to the legal aspect of it. SAFETY, the clip clearly showed that the Hunters could have been hurt and have been in danger, therefore have the right and obligation to save themselves as well as their fellow friends. SELF PROTECTION. To the damage these Hoogs making, would PETA rather see, how businesses and folks living on their land, are getting hunted down by Hoogs... Would PETA then intervene, or are they rather talk the Hoogs into oblivion. Get SERIOUS, PETA is just jumping on the bandwagon for more advertisment, they really have no clue in what their saying, no respect to Ranchers and folks being threatened by this Hoog-Problem. Perhaps you join the Campbells for 1 Week and you find yourself exhausted and would be more then happy to have a good Hoog Steak. And remember, those Hoogs had a much better live then the meat you and Sausages you buy at your local Superstore. GET A LIVE, PICK YOUR NOSE AND PUT YOUR FINGERS RIGHT UP YOUR REAR END, if you want to make sense for once. Cheers Hoog Hunters.

1022 days ago
141.

dee    

Judging by the comments of a lot of people here, I'm sure glad I don't live in Texas and have your attitudes. I understand how you must defend your crops, etc. However, I can't understand how a person could make a 'sport' out of causing suffering. Shoot them, and kill, not torment.

1022 days ago
142.

Russell    

Seriously people. If you don't like the show turn it off. What else can we find to complain about? Peta is nothing but a joke and a huge waste of taxpayers money. It's organizations like this that drives this country down.... Way down. We have a huge hog problem in Texas, and down here we handle things like this ourselves. We have our guns, and we are going to use them just because we can... All you damn cry babies need to grow up. It's time to be big kids lol. Like I said before... If you dont like it don*****ch, dont listen, and mind your own damn business.

1022 days ago
143.

gerald    

Hogs are very dangerous. When they are tied up it is only to insure you do not get attacked. Unless you have been hog hunting, you will not understand the measures they take.

1022 days ago
144.

Texas Gent    

With all the crop and cattle destruction the hog do & PETA is complaining. WT* Apparently those PETA folk are Yankees. A good hog is a dead one.

1018 days ago
145.

JohnFromTexas    

I would like to let about 5 of these tuskers loose in the PETA offices and THEN ask them what they think about it. Feral hogs are nothing but a nuisance at best, and destroy crops AND young animals such as lambs and baby goats that take away from already hard hit farmers and ranchers. Missouri has a "shoot on site" policy. Texas has an estimated 1.5 million feral hogs, and we need MANY MANY more people like the Campbell's just to make a dent in the population. Plus, wild hog tastes really good, and the meat is leaner than domestic swine and better for you. The only reason they hate to shoot the hog way out there, is because the meat is fresher if you get the animal home before you butcher it for meat. At least this way, they do a service to the ranchers and FEED the needy! Organizations such as PETA AND INDIVIDUALS should not weigh in with what is right or wrong until THEY know all the facts about a situation!

1018 days ago
146.

Keith Crawford    

I put my real name in because I do hunt and am not ashamed of what I do. It is very humane to kill an animal for food if the shot is taken and the animal dies quickly. PETA needs to focus on other things and spend their money on finding cures for cancer or diabetes or something worth while. They could also help feed the starving people in the world except they may have to kill an animal or 2 to do it!!!!

1015 days ago
147.

Geo31    

If it wasn't for people hunting these hogs there would be an even bigger problem. They tie the hog first because they have to be slaughter at a USDA sight because the meat is then given to the food pantries around the area. An the hogs must enter the facility alive. As far as hunting these hogs being cruel it would be crueler to let them go unattended and overrun. PETA needs to stop and think. Not every thing in life is pink and fuzzy. This is life and the population must be controlled. I wonder how PETA would want it controlled. I hope not like the horse situation!!!!

1015 days ago
148.

Jesse    

What all of you people siding against PeTA don't understand is that PeTA would love nothing more than the eradication of humans. They celebrate when people are attacked by animals. They celebrated when the trainer was killed by the orca, Tilikum. They celebrated the recent shark attacks on humans. They are trying to get all domestic dogs spayed and neutered which would result in the extinction of domestic dogs and therefore dogs can no longer "be slaves to man". They are slowly but surely working towards "animal liberation" and if PeTa isn't shut down we will one day be facing life without pets.

I know it sounds like I am exaggerating but all one has to do is spend some time on PeTa's website to see where they are going with all of this. Think about it... shutting down all breeders and requiring that all dogs be spayed and neutered? Where is the next generation going to come from if there are no longer any dogs to reproduce? Anyhow, I enjoy this show. I love hunting and all your outdoors activities and this show doesn't bother me in the least. But, y'all need to realize that no, PeTa does not care if the hogs are ruining livelihoods. It is EXACTLY what they want. Fewer people means more room for the animals.

1013 days ago
149.

kim mortier    

all i can say i want the show back it is real and they take care of a small part of a problem that is out of control please people be real that take part of not banning this show it is part of animal control

1012 days ago
150.

George    

ok People PETA needs to keep there noses out of stuff hell people have killed animals for hundreds of years that way and if they think thats crule then they should shut every Slauter house in the world down

1012 days ago
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