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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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61.

en Todo Momento!!    

PETa is my god. i obey pETA in every order and command. PEtA, PeTA, PEtA, PETa.....

910 days ago
62.

en Todo Momento!!    

dude. wild pigs are freaking dangerous. way more dangerous than any pitbull some macho ass wanksters got. you don't want to be unarmed when dealing with wild pigs. those things will kill you and eat yu alive. they are not helpless little creature. go toss some peta folks out in those areas. they'd be yellin for a huge shotgun in no time. i betcha.

910 days ago
63.

JP    

The most destructive animals on the planet. Did you see who was the recipients of the meat were? Hungry people.

910 days ago
64.

Frank    

Who cares? The real travesty is that networks continue to make reality TV shows. They are the cancer of society and should be considered more obscene than pornography.

910 days ago
65.

GP    

Very Graphic? Why isn't peta upset about the videos from Gadhafi's last minutes? You guys are morons........

910 days ago
66.

opal    

Problelm with this is, I'm certain a large percentage of the people upset about the inhumane manner in which this hog was slaughtered. Are of the same ilk who will fight for the right of a woman to tear apart a baby in the woman, limb from limb or a late term murder of having a sharp instrument stuck into the skull of a 28 week old baby. Oh the irony.

910 days ago
67.

bob hamilton    

i think its horrible and disgusting, the animals have rights, they are just doing what they were born to do. i cant believe the bar has been lowered so far. a&e better do something fast. and i dont mean just jerk the show off the air, i think they should do something to help with a solution to the problem. its the only way ill ever have any respect for them again. a&e USED to be my favorite network. please a&e, do soemthing to help the little animals, and improve the quality of your network like it has allways been. i am sure you will not let this continue.

910 days ago
68.

RobRod    

I didn't see a single thing wrong with it. PETA is pathetic. People more concerned about animals than human beings. PETA is a home grown terrorist organization which will go at any length to save a bunny, cat, dog or wild pig. Kill ALL those viral pigs. Throw in some viral cats and dogs for good measure.

910 days ago
69.

cowbulls    

PETA is an extremist terrorist organization.

I’ll give you two quick examples.
1. PETA’s president has said that “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we would be against it.”
2. In a profile of Newkirk in The New Yorker, author Michael Specter wrote that Newkirk has had at least one seeing-eye dog taken away from its blind owner.

To find out more go to the website of consumerfreedom.

910 days ago
70.

SLH    

we have feral pigs in the hotter parts of Australia, but we don't torture them to death and terrify them with angry barking dogs biting at them.

America, you should be ashamed of this, not be defending it!

910 days ago
71.

mckayla    

Boo freaking hoo go hug a tree

910 days ago
72.

manbearpig    

peta is full of it in this case. wild hogs are not only a problem in texas- they are becoming a problem and a growing one all over the south and they are moving north too. kill them any way you can as they are breeding like rats and are destroying the lands they are occupying and expanding into.
peta can go suck it.

910 days ago
73.

apweaver    

I am not sure that people should eat this diseased, contaminated meat! Kill them, yes...but eat them? Kinda gross!

910 days ago
74.

Woot    

Those stupid f'n backwardsass hillbilly redneck knuckle-draggin' MORONS!!!!! Let's cut them into tiny pieces and serve them to the hogs!

GO, PETA!!!!

910 days ago
75.

Nicole    

i'm glad peta picked up on this and i hope they get this show shut down , its disgusting and inhumane to those poor innocent animals

910 days ago
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