PETA wants no feral hog left behind

By Mike Barnett

Texas has a terrible feral hog problem and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) knows just how to solve it.

Some 2 million feral hogs call almost every county in the Lone Star State home, causing massive destruction to both agriculture and urban areas.

PETA has a simplistic solution for this Texas plague. Their reasoning is that bullets are bad when it comes to feral hog control. These animal activists are looking for a kinder, gentler solution.
Kind of like no hog left behind. Round them up. Put them in refuges. Corral them with “inexpensive” fences.

According to a recent post on the PETA Facebook page, these “simple adjustments” will solve the feral hog problems.

After my last PETA post, I promised myself to not write about these animal activists again. Oh well, call me pig headed. I can’t help myself—especially when PETA offers such a stupid solution to such a horrendous problem.

“As long as the environment is attractive for pigs, killing will not solve the problem because more pigs will simply move in from surrounding areas. This is a problem that humans have created,” said Stephanie Bell of PETA’s Cruelty Investigations Department. “And unfortunately, the pigs are paying the price.”

Okay, I’m not sure how to make Texas and most of the south less attractive to feral hogs. They’ve adapted from the Piney Woods of East Texas to the open plains out west and everywhere in between. I’m sure some fence can hold them but I can assure you it will not be inexpensive. Who’s going to tackle these nasty critters to stick them in a refuge. How big a refuge do you need for 2 million pigs? One as big as Texas?

My suggestion is to humanely capture two or three feral hogs—include one heavyweight boar that’s about 3 feet tall by 5 feet wide with slashing tusks—provide them with plenty of good food and fresh water on their trip to a new refuge at PETA headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. Let PETA build an “inexpensive” fence around their office and let the pig games progress.

I think PETA will soon find this hog heaven is no utopia. Peacefully coexisting with a destructive feral hog is easier said than done.

Mike Barnett

Director of Publications
Texas Farm Bureau
I’m a firm believer that farmers and ranchers will continue to meet the needs of a growing world population by employing equal measures of common sense, conservation and technology.
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11 Responses to “PETA wants no feral hog left behind”

  1. Chuck Jolley says:

    Fence in 2 million feral hogs? First, let PETA gather them up. Based on PETA’s past performance with ‘rescued’ dogs and cats, there will only be 20,000 hogs that will survive while in their care. Fencing in 20,000 will be a lot easier. With each hog getting just half a square mile to ‘roam, feel the sunshine on its back, root in the dirt and enjoy natural hog like activities, PETA will only need to buy 10,000 square miles of West Texas dirt or big chunk of Eastern Virginia to build a ‘hog heaven." I’m sure I could get my friend Erwin Quinn at Gallagher Fence to give them a deal on approximately 580 miles of fence. Next, let PETA feed them. It won’t take long for those PETA-philes to dispatch most of these beasts to hog heaven.

  2. Angela Thiel says:

    With this drought I’ve been void of much laughter so I really needed this laugh! The whole idea is so inane it’s comical.

    My favorite line- "…This is a problem that humans have created," said Stephanie Bell of PETA’s " Ms. Bell obviously does not know the meaning of feral or the gestation/ litter size of a sow.

    thanks again!

  3. Stacy Beckett says:

    They are very delusional the Peta people we have many feral hogs right in my neighborhood. Most people think it’s dogs getting in their trash but, they are just not outside early enought to see the packs of hogs that roam our streets. I live my PETA club much better it stands for People Eating Tasty Animals. Shoot the hogs, dress them out & use every last one to feed every hungry American. They can be of great use AS FOOD. Why let them roam & destroy & heck if no one wants to eat them here Iam sure there are plenty of starving kids somewhere who would be very appreciative to have some feral hogs to eat. PETA needs to look at the bigger picture feral hogs are not pets, I second your motion to send them a few & would love to see the outcome 😉

  4. They are very delusional the Peta people we have many feral hogs right in my neighborhood. Most people think it’s dogs getting in their trash but, they are just not outside early enought to see the packs of hogs that roam our streets. I live my PETA club much better it stands for People Eating Tasty Animals. Shoot the hogs, dress them out & use every last one to feed every hungry American. They can be of great use AS FOOD. Why let them roam & destroy & heck if no one wants to eat them here Iam sure there are plenty of starving kids somewhere who would be very appreciative to have some feral hogs to eat. PETA needs to look at the bigger picture feral hogs are not pets, I second your motion to send them a few & would love to see the outcome 😉

  5. Bernice Walker says:

    If anyone has any experience with feral hogs, they realize what a ludicrous idea this is. PETA has no clue as to how dangerous it is to hunt those animals. Having a gun & specially trained dogs, does not level the playing field! Even shooting them from a vehicle is no guarantee that they won’t charge the vehicle. (I’m not sure what the laws are for hunting hogs in Texas, but I do know that other hog infested states allow some of this.)

    I suggest they should drive down one of these deserted canyon roads & hit one! You know, one of those roads where you might not see another vehicle pass by for hours & no cell phone reception. Then they can be trapped in their car & cook in the hot Texas sun; waiting for help while an angry, injured pig & his buddies are circling! Then they’ll have a huge towing bill (cash up front) to the nearest town & a thousand dollars or more damages to their car. And don’t forget any medical expenses such as being airlifted out!

    They should try driving from Lubbock to Quanah, TX. There’s several routes & there are sections that are deserted enough to qualify for deserted canyon roads & no cell phone reception. There’s plenty of hog, drought & record breaking temperatures, in these areas, for any self-respecting PETA person to enjoy while rescuing a feral hog!

  6. Catherine Eckhardt says:

    Whoever rounds up those hogs to send to PETA headquarters, should make sure that the boar they send along has really long tusks.

  7. @Chuck–herding feral hogs is kind of like herding cats. @Angela–glad you got a chuckle–we need to be able to laugh every once in a while in times like these. @Stacy–feral hog barbeque–not a bad idea!@Bernice & Catherine–I don’t want to get on your bad side!–Mike

  8. Reed Baize says:

    Ha Ha. The problem with PETA is that they are well funded but poorly educated. I’d like to see an "inexpensive" fence keep those feral hogs in. Growing up on a hog farm I’ve seen hogs get out of almost anything.

  9. M.Williams says:

    After the "Sea Kitten" campaign, does this surprise anyone? We do feral hog removal and so see the problem first hand and deal with the nasty creatures on a very alive, up close, and personal basis. I doubt there is a PETA person in this country who would be willing to grab onto a pair of back legs to flip and tie one up, let alone foot the bill to fence, care, and nurture them. I love how the Human Society of the U.S. says they hope domestic livestock goes extinct(see quotes of Wayne Pacelle, CEO), while PETA tries to rescue and preserve the ones that aren’t supposed to be loose in the first place. Just shows what kind of crazies we are up against… Oh my.

  10. T Henderson says:

    We all need a good laugh at times like this. P
    eta has definately given one this time, I would even donate to them to come and get the hogs from my place and keep them away.

  11. Trudy Back says:

    I have a solution for the hog problems that would fit with PETA and solve some other problems. Ship those hogs that we catch to Mexico and build a fence that will keep them there. Hopefully it will also hold the illegals.

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