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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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Tim Yroutman    

peta could not have picked a worst critter to feel sorry for its like taking pity on a killer who's taking aim at your head i say pull the trigger on them.

1069 days ago


Harvey please do somrthing to help these poor animals

1069 days ago


go on mr. campbell. tell peta to go to hell. come down and live with the hogs and they would see it your way. like i said if they do not the "HELL" with them.

1069 days ago


I live in Texas and we have about 5 million feral hogs in this state, They kill the wildlife and domestic livestock, where you folks get those nice steaks, ribs, chicken, and chops you like to put on the grill that smells and tastes so good. Oh and don't forget the veggies you like to go with that meat, they eat that too!
They will also kill your pets and you if given the opportunity. Why don't some of you watch the show completely and you will see they put the hogs in a trailer and take them to a locker plant where they are humanely slaughtered and the meat is sent (the food banks) to feed hungry people who need it. The hunters in Texas help feed the hungry with some of the wildlife resources taken during our hunts. The clip shown on here happened to be one very mean hog that was uncontrollable and had to be shot on site for safety reasons. Did you happen to notice the tusks on that hog?? The teeth on those hogs will rip you to the bone they are sharp as a razor and you could possibly bleed to death before getting medical help in the some of the remote place you have to go to help eliminate these feral hogs.
I think that some of you activists need to come to Texas and witness exactly the devastation these hogs are causing to farmers and ranchers. You know the people who grow the food you eat............. Maybe then you might understand what a HUGE problem they are. No taking a walk in the country or through the thicket of oak trees, along the creek at our farm anymore. It used to be so fun and relaxing. It is beautiful country. You now risk being attacked by a feral hog that could kill or wound you and maybe even eat you. Yes they do eat humans if given the chance. They can run up to 35 miles an hour now can you outrun that?....... no way, if you said yes, your fooling yourself.
They are opportunistic hunters killing and eating what ever they can come across. So all you activists and PETA folks come on down to Texas and we will get that $60...0.00 hog trap and I will let you get the hogs out and get them humanely destroyed...I bet you will soil your pants when one of those hogs charges you while in the trap and you hear that snapping of their teeth as the work their jaws to sharpen them to get a good rip in on you! .....................GOOD LUCK TO YA!

1069 days ago


Just saw part of an episode. Why don't they kill the damn things? Lots of suffering for no particular reason! Disgusting! Are they too cheap to spring for a bullet to the head?

1068 days ago


"promotes cruel animal-control measures"?? how about animal control get thier own damn show rather that waiting for a tv show to air and pic it apart. "if its brown its down, god bless the USA, gos bless the fallen solders that gave up the lives to grant us "right of free speach, and press"..

1067 days ago


PETA is a very unreasonable, militant group of people and they are completely clueless to what really happens in most of the animal world. If they would concentrate more on endangered species, say for example the Javan Rhino, the last one was recently killed in Vietnam) than something ridiculous like this, then they might actually accomplish something reasonable, meaningful and worthwhile.

1066 days ago


PETA People Eating Tastey Animals I hunt fish and have slaughtered cattle, chickens, pigs and other cute cuddly animals most of my life. People who belong to PETA need to get a life and stay out of others. I love American Hoggers

1066 days ago

Big D    

I've been and outdoorsmen most of my life fished, hunted and am an accomlished shooter, reloader and instructor. the only time i have been really scared in the wilderness was hunting in AZ. we were after quail in some heavy thicket when a 200 +lb hog jumped us from out of the brush. huntin buddy touched off both barrels of his side by side and it didn't slow that SOB down. I drew my 41 mag i had holstered and fired a quick pair at it that stopped that SOB less that 4' from us. i almost pissed myself. PETA needs to suck one and stay out of business pet the puppys and kitty cats.

1064 days ago

William Hicks    

Graphic?? Really???/ That wasn't graphic at all. PETA always says that in hopes to get people to jump on their band wagon. These Feral Hogs and Wild Boars are a real nuisance and thinning out the herds has to be done. PETA "Please eat the animals"..... Go Hoggers!

1064 days ago

Jim Cottrell    

Maybe some PETA folks can try and pet and play with the hogs. Lets film that lol.

1063 days ago


I hope with all my heart that the people of this show will read this, its a sic world when people feel big ad mighty to be so cruel. I encourage you all to watch the do***entary earthilings- this is no better. You got the pa and the kids who can pretend they dont know better but its sic and there is a god you dont have the right just for your brea and butter to be the real pigs. I cant imagine anyone ever wanting to marry either te son or daughter it just shows what ignorance breeds. Sickest show as of late but its no show just for money kill these animals in such a sick manner.
American hoggers yes but dont foreget theres a god and your no it.

1063 days ago


I am no animal activist, I hunt, fish, and eat meat! I watched the show, and it was sicking to see how they treat the animal. They don't have a clue how to hunt. I thought all the people down in Taxes could out shoot everyone else? Seems to me they can't shoot a rifle.

1061 days ago


I agree, it's one thing to shoot it fast, it's another thing to tie the thing up and than shoot it. It just shows they can't shoot for @#$%. I shot wild hogs, and alligators without having to tie them up, send dogs after them. It's called a rifle, LEARN TO SHOOT ONE!! Damn!!

1061 days ago

sheila elliott    

Im from Texas, Peta needs to shut the hell up because they dont know what they are talking about. This feral pig cause all kind of damage to your land and kill livestock and can also hurt or kill you. We have people like the campbells who hunt them and some who do trap them but they all go to the processing plant after that . Texas people are trying to get a handle on them because they are a big problem so these Peta people need to stay the hell up north and mind their own damn business and lets us Texas people handle our ****.

1061 days ago
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