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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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181.

k9mom7    

poor robert. hope they got him a reall really big bandaid for when the hog bit him. he deserved it and i hope it happens again. i get the hog problem and all but HE HAD TO PUNCH THE HOG. WHOA what a man he is boy!!!! get a real job aleady and A&E take the show off cuz your losing viewers when you put this crap on. its pure animal cruelty.

752 days ago
182.

hate hoggers    

I KNOW HOGS CAN BE A PROBLEM,SO CAN HUMANS! THE SHOW HAS NO COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS! YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU MIGHT COME BACK AFTER YOU DIE? MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD TIE YOU UP SO YOU KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE!!!! :-)

752 days ago
183.

cutter03    

i find peta will bitch about anything .. so what they need to do is just shut there mouth . lets see feral hogs are pretty destructive so if u ask me these people are providing a service ... peat stay out of a familys job ... go bitch about how yer memebrs are just as bad as fred phelps and his protesters of military funeral ... and our boys fighting overseas ...

752 days ago
184.

John    

Why doesn't PETA go to Texas and whestle with the pigs, I'm sure the Campbells wouldn't care.

751 days ago
185.

Droodles    

Again PETA jumps into something they don't know anything about. Protect the poor little hogs, so they can go out and kill, maul and destroy populations of domesticated and native animals. I guess they would prefer they are gently caught and relocated to someplace where they can live in peace and harmony, without killing to survive. Well, dream on... they are wild animals and will kill and eat anything that is an easy, tasty meal. Including little children if given a chance (just like a dingo... and yes, I am an Australian, living in the US) PETA is a waste of time and money that could be used by organizations already designed to protect animals like the ASPCA (or in Aust, RSPCA)

749 days ago
186.

Old Sarge    

I cannot believe we have decent people that find this entertaining......this is one of the most deplorable "shows" I've ever seen. A&E - you are racking the bottom of the barral of slop to keep this s@#t on TV!

744 days ago
187.

corine karadunis    

We enjoy watching yiur show.We Lo e to Hunt Pigs but we don't get much time yo go or places yo hunt.

743 days ago
188.

Suckit    

But why does there have to be a show about it?! Sick people who want to watch it. What do you have in you that you need to satiate by watching animals killed??

742 days ago
189.

robert    

if you have had these things on your land you dont have a clue(if you own any land) so why do they tie them up? answer beause they sell them,people eat the things!!!!!! PETA people are offended at everything from cattle sales to whataburgers!! get over it*******

739 days ago
190.

Shelly    

American hoggers has got to go. Animal cruelty is against my beliefs so why does it have to be shown on TV? It makes me want to slam my television and love my little dog. I understand there may be a hog problem but leave it to people who can handle the problem and NOT TELEVISION. I refuse to watch that show and will ban that station in my house. My reviews are a negative 10

737 days ago
191.

chasewalshsl    

this is the reason why states like Texas will never go democratic.

735 days ago
192.

buddy    

peta needs to leve these pepole alone. It is a grate show For pepole who loves the outdoors and hunting. They hunt the hogges with dogs so what. They try to get the dog off the pig as fast as they can. An take them to market. Texas is over run with these wild pigs. If there was an esery way to catch them they would. If you watch the show this famly is having a hard time making a living chaching these pigs. It is hard work Kristal a most lost her thumb catching pigs.

724 days ago
193.

KJ    

Its too bad that this program is succumbing to ridiculous PETA....you have to keep the hogs alive because the meat is given to poor families.

If you shot it right then and there, the meat would be worthless because it needs gutting immediately and refrigeration or cooking!!

660 days ago
194.

Charlie    

I think PETA idiots should keep their noses out of things, I don't try to take some of those stupid Animal Planet shows off the air. They need to go back to keeping up with the Kardashians, and Dancing with the Stars, and don't watch things like this if they find it disturbing.

569 days ago
195.

A&E Sucks    

Would love to see some of the Campbell family attacked by the hogs, would be good to see the hogs win one, that would be make a great reality show. Nothing but a bunch of inbred low life pieces of ****! A&E sure hit rock bottom with this one!!

524 days ago
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