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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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PETA is a group of a bunch of kooks. There are plenty of either sick, irresponsible or negligent animal owners that need the full force of PETA's efforts. The fact that PETA , pisses & moans about ridiculous situations marginalizes the real need for their recriminations.

541 days ago



541 days ago


Let's see how many hogs PETA can catch with their cages. Hogs are one of the most intelligent animals in this country, so I doubt if PETA can outsmart the hogs. Most of the hogs are caught and caged to transport to market. The Campbell family is doing a good service solving the land owner' problems, something I would not want to tackle. Let PETA do it.

541 days ago

Animal Lover    

OK, I just don’t get it!!! I’ve read a bunch of these posts and frankly it’s sickening and disturbing that there are so many out there enjoy and agree with what the Campbells are doing. Since the control of these hogs is a must because they’re destroying properties and hurting others then obviously this needs to be taken care of. And yes, they are susceptible to a variety of infectious and parasitic diseases and will transmit to other life BUT guess what humans are susceptible to a variety of infectious and parasitic diseases as well. The more human population increases and expands, the greater the chances that they will transmit diseases to other life. So, the key here is … since this needs to be done then why the hell can't it be done humanly? Why torture the poor things? What have they ever done to deserve that kind of treatment? It isn't their fault that there is an overpopulation and they’re a nuisance, it’s what they do. Humans are the exact same way, there’s an overpopulation and they’re a nuisance. How would you like to be treated like that? How would you like to be run down, thrown upside down and tied then stabbed over and over until you die? What a horrible and scary way to die.

THERE ARE BETTER WAYS for control. It’s embarrassing and shameful, truly shameful that humans are this way, that they’re so cruel and evil to other sentient beings. I can’t believe that others out there can condone that killing another living, breathing, feeling sentient being is legal, or that it’s the right thing to do. IT IS NOT! What is our problem? What is A&E’s problem?? They should be ashamed to themselves by putting this kind of violence on their channel. It’s disgusting! So A&E is condoning the torture of another sentient being, so it’s like they’re helping the Campbells torture and kill another sentient being all because of what???? Because they are a nuisance, because they damage other peoples properties, because they hurt others? Really? Come on humans are the same … they are a nuisance, they damage other peoples properties, they hurt others. THERE ARE BETTER WAYS! Tranquilize and then euthanize them humanly without torturing them.

524 days ago

Animal Lover    

I honestly don't get it, I don't!!!!!!! This is very disheartening. What have these animals ever done to us to deserve this kind of treatment?? Put yourself in the animals place. These animals have feelings just like we humans do, they get scared and they feel pain just like we do. ALL sentient beings feel pain and fear, it does not matter if you walk on 2 feet, 4 feet, swim, fly, slither, hop, it does not matter. The ill treatment and abuse of animals is deplorable. No animal should endure torture, starvation, abuse, or mistreatment of any kind that inflicts unwarranted pain or suffering. I am sick & tired of reading, seeing & hearing what humans are doing & continue to do to innocent animals day after day after day after day. This kind of behavior that another human being can do and does to another living, breathing, sentient being makes me so angry. I love ALL animals and believe they have just as much right to be here as we humans do and it is a heinous crime what humans are doing to these poor innocent animals. How can a human be sooo cruel and could/would cause so much pain to another sentient being? What gives humans the right to abuse anything? We were NOT put here to abuse ANYTHING & animals were NOT put here for us humans to do despicable & gruesome acts upon! The pain & suffering we humans are causing animals is disgraceful, appalling, atrocious & barbaric … it is totally unnecessary! It’s astounding that humans are so unbelievably cruel and evil, I have no respect for any human that can do this to an animal. Any human being that can abuse, torture and kill another sentient being obviously have no idea what it feels like thus they deserve the same in return, it’s only fair they need to understand what they are doing/have done.

524 days ago


Chuck you Tom! This is a totally cruel show! Get it off the air, pronto!!!

515 days ago


For the third time!!! Take this crap off the air! It's so bloody cruel!

515 days ago


they tie the hogs up instead of killing them at times, because you get more money for the hog if they're alive. THEY don't always kill the hog after tying them up. and if someone doesn't like the show, why watch it? seems a little bit ridiculous to me! about like those people complaining about duck dynasty because they tote guns and pray to God. if you don't like it, flip the channel!

509 days ago


I watched 5 minutes of this show and cannot believe that A & E or any station can stoop this low. A & E was once a desired station to watch. That, was years ago. Today it has mostly garbage on it and not worth the extra cost on your cable bill.

376 days ago


Please Eat The Animals (PETA) what a bunch of dumb basses (-b). As usual they don't have any idea what they are talking about. These damn pigs are really bad and you don't just try and trap them. You have to catch them alive for the slaughter house.

329 days ago
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