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'American Hoggers'

Under Attack

for Ultra-Violent Pig Slaughter

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

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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977 days ago


977 days ago


PETA people don't live in the real world. Wild hogs are destructive and dangerous. I have them within 100 yards of my house. Myself, my neighbors and fellow ranchers shoot them on sight.

977 days ago


**** PETA... Bunch of clueless idiots.

965 days ago

James Doe    

anytime PETA opens their mouth....their credibility is ruined

961 days ago

robert guy    

In all the episodes I seen, never did I seen a hog "tied up an shot". Peta is in a pepertual fatansy land,

939 days ago


I agree! PETA members should be cage-trapped and afforded a quick and painless death!

922 days ago


Im a member of PETA.. Person Eating Tasty Animal

919 days ago

Ron Nielson    

Maybe the tree huggers that complain about how the feral hogs are eliminated would like to adopt a few of them and keep them in their back yard. That way they could give the poor hogs a big kiss and hug every day. What do these people think with??? Are they capable of thinking??

895 days ago


I for one would like to be able to turn on the television without having to worry that I'll see an animal being slaughtered. Hunting shows should be moved to premium channels.

And by the way, more than 70% of the grain and cereals we produce in the US goes towards feeding livestock. If we stopped eating meat, we'd be able to produce enough food to feed everyone... wouldn't THAT be the most humane thing for humans and animals alike?

892 days ago


don't forget, not only is the meat donated to homeless shelters, but it is WHOLESOME, NON-FARM, NON-HORMONE-INJECTED pork. Organic as it gets. One 200 grain lead pill to end it's life, and not a single additive more.

892 days ago

Tom Jones    

Big deal.

891 days ago


disgusting people with disgusting fans i say...who would want these creeps living next door to them...i hate these shows, they serve only one purpose to promote violence and we wonder why the world is such a dangerous place

882 days ago


Until you have been in the wild hunting these animals you will not truly understand about capturing them and killing them. They are very smart and adapt very quickly. They run in herds. They are constanlty on the move and is not an easy shot from a distance. They are very agrresive and will chase you to kill you or your dogs. They eat and mulitply. They do cause a lot of damage to ranches here in Texas but we also have problems in many subdivision where they are tearing up fences,gardens and yards. Not to mention the safety of children and pets. Tying up a hog and putting a shot into his head is very humane. Much better that shooting at distance and only wounding the animal.

882 days ago


Robert grow up ... don't hit or push on girls .... if you want to be a MAN you got a lot to learn... as far as hunting hogs here in Texas the animal people need to understand it needs to be kept in check here they will overtake peoples land and destroy it ... let it happen to them and see if they allow it .... people need to get a grip man has hunted sense the beginning and will keep till the end ..... give it up already ....

737 days ago
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