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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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106.

pappy    

the first 3 minutes of the opener were fine. i suffered for the next part of the first half of the show. REALLY, the girls dress like they were going to a bbq!!this is very poor and will no*****ch it again thank-you pappy

1058 days ago
107.

ARS    

I think the show American Hoggers should be taken off the air.
I agree with PETA ..... there must be a more humane way to get rid of the hogs

1058 days ago
108.

Lisa     

I proudly reside in Texas, but this reality show is shameful!!! I'm all for population control because of the nuisance to ranchers, but it seems this family derives pleasure from letting the dogs get the hogs and then tying them up. For HEAVEN'S sake, just shoot the beasts. All the rest is TOTALLY uncalled for in reducing ths population of feral hogs.A & E >>>>>YOU should be ashamed for airing this inhumane "show". I'm not a nut-job.... I wear a fur coat, love beef, and wear leather shoes. But this is ridiculous!!! Take this program off now and spend your dollars on showing the rest of the good ol' USA, how dry it is in West Texas and what these ranchers, farmers, and dairymen are battling each day in keeping livestock living. THAT, my friends, is what TRUE TEXANS are about!

1058 days ago
109.

Bill    

Thats not cruelity, thats the way life is, where do people think bacon and ham come from. thoes hoggs were born in the wild and allowed to roam free for years not like the hoggs we used to raise that lived their entire life in a small pin. Don't film thoes hoggs hunting down and killing something to eat or PETA will be pissed off at them too

1058 days ago
110.

Jon    

I think PETA is overreacting like usual you either practice population control or you get overrun by hogs and put humans at risk just to save the hog population. They gave the hog a fair chase and they put it out humanly so it think what they're doing is good for texas and good for the humans so i say PETA should stay out of it and go save the whales or something they need helping not the hogs

1058 days ago
111.

iknowhogs    

some people would not be so sympathetic towards these animals if they have ever come face to face with them. They are mean, some carry blood diseases, and they destroy crops and valuable farm land. They reporduce at rapid rates with huge litters of piglets. These animals are a problem and will continually get worse if they are not managed.

1058 days ago
112.

Tom    

SOME OF YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME WANNA PUKE WITH YOUR ANIMALS HAVE RIGHTS BULL****! YOU ANIMAL ACTIVISTS ARE NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF ******* CRYBABY CITY RAISED DUMBASSES! KILL ALL THEM ******* WILD HOGS. THEY ARE NO GOOD FOR NOTHING AND NEED TO BE DESTROYED!!!!! JUST LIKE YOU ANIMAL ACTIVISTS!!!!!! GONE FOREVER!!!!!

1058 days ago
113.

Bobby    

peta buttheads should try living with the hog problems or with the wild hogs themselves, and SHUT UP!

1058 days ago
114.

Yup    

Those pigs are a plague...they are the most destructive animal on the face of the earth. One group of pigs can literally destroy 100 acres of farm land in a single night. I don't care how they kill them as long as they kill them. The reason they aren't trapped and shot is becasue with time the hogs get "trap shy"...they aren't stupid...even the little ones learn to avoid the traps. These aren't the cute little pink piggies everybody pictures when they hear the word pig, these are like a rotwieller (when they're cornered) and a rototiller put together. They run 40 miles an hour and can demolish a fence like it's not even there. They need to be exterminated.

1058 days ago
115.

Golddad    

there were 97000 cats and dogs turned in to PETA because people thought they would be treated right. PETA killed
them all!!!!!!!!!!!

1057 days ago
116.

Golddad    

97000 pets were turned into Peta , people thought they would
tahe care of them. PETA killed all of them!!!!!

1057 days ago
117.

cherrye    

There is something wrong with a person who thinks torturing an animal__being a pig or dog is alright. This is not entertainment and should not be presented as such.

1057 days ago
118.

Hog hunter    

I live in Louisiana. I had to buy hog dogs and hunt hogs to prevent hogs from destroying the habitat of the native wildlife in our ecosystem. Humans introduced this destructive invader that is out reproducing our native wildlife. The reason they do not show the kill often on TV is because sheltered individuals are not acustomed to seeing their ham or bacon they eat for breakfast on the hoof. Real hog hunters dispatch hogs in secounds with a
shot to the head or stab to the heart. No pen stress, no starving, and habitat restoration!

1057 days ago
119.

Braxton Coats    

these dang peta people need to be put in a pen with a couple ferel boars and see how long it takes them to ask for a gun. hogs are a real problem in the southeast and they dont trap easily. Sometimes the only choice is dogs. Peta stands for People Eating Tasty Animals.

1057 days ago
120.

Tim Yroutman    

PETA could not have picked a worst critter to be worried about they are dangerous and they will eat people if given the chance i say kill as many as you can

1056 days ago
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