Hunting Tame Animals?

sheltiemomJune 3, 2007

Did anyone notice the latest "update" on the story about the kid who shot a huge "wild hog"? Turns out the "wild hog" was hand-raised and was recently sold - to a game farm. Then, "hunted" and killed. Guess the hog was too big for the original owners (who obviously let him get that big) and had no value for them than to sell him to the only bidder. Once the new owner "released" the hog, it was immediately classified as feral.

I'm interested in viewpoints about this legal practice of hunting tame animals. I know this happens to animals all the time. They out-live their original purpose, (whether it be too old to be a zoo exhibit, not performing correctly for a circus, not good for meat slaughter, etc.) and are then sold to game farms and "hunted."

Please know I'm not interested in viewpoints about hunting in general. I'm not against hunters who hunt wild animals and who use the meat they get. I am, however, suspect of people who pay to hunt an animal who has no chance, is usually within a fenced area and has very little fear of humans.

Any thoughts?

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joepyeweed

Killing a tame/domesticated animal in an enclosure is slaughter not hunting.

Similar to a the slaughter of beef or pork...

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 9:27AM
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ccoombs1

That is not hunting....that is simply killing. Wrong on all counts....but especially in this case where a young child was the one being taught that killing a tame animal just to get your name in the paper is perfectly OK. That makes me sick.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 12:57PM
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dobesrule

I can't say as that I see the "sport" in hunting an animal like that. As Sheltie Mom said I'm not against anyone hunting when the animal is used for food instead of a trophy. I don't quite understand what you mean tho by the original owner letting him get that big. There are breeds of hogs that routinely grow to 800-1000 pounds or more if they live to adulthood. I do think that the owners selling him to that place to be hunted is equally as disgusting as the people hunting him.

Lisa

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 7:49AM
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petra_gw

Poor Fred was a pet. From what I read, he loved to be hand-fed sweet potatoes. He wasn't a danger to anyone. I also find it troubling that this kid was allowed to take several hours and 8 or 9 shots to kill Fred. From what I've heard, hunting ethics dictate a clean, fast kill. And I am also disgusted by Fred's former owner who, according to the article below said: "... the pig was too big and needed killing". What the heck is that supposed to mean?? Once an animal gets bigger than you want it to, it needs to be killed??

Here is a link that might be useful: Fred the tame pig

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 4:24PM
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vacuumfreak

I don't understand how hunters are so proud of themselves... did the poor animal have a gun or weapon? I do still eat meat so I can't condemn hunters too strongly, but I know I couldn't do it myself. I think that people who kill tame animals or kill them just for "fun" (not for food) should be punished severly. I know a poster on this forum has been attacked (rightly so) for killing cats that come into his yard. Don't understand how some people think that it is okay to kill things that they think are inferior just because it makes them feel better. Yuck!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2007 at 8:56PM
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acorn

Canned hunts are not hunting and are cowardly and lazy. I'm not a hunter but live in the mountains where the hogs and deer are hunted. They aren't so easy to get if they are really hunted. I work in a feed store where a man came in and asked what do deer like I sold him corn oats and barley with molasses and a salt block. There are alot of people who feed deer because they like seeing them and watch the fawns grow up. I started loading the feed in his truck and had a funny feeling about it. Just before he left I told him its illegal to bait deer. The look on his face told it all.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2007 at 7:57PM
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jeanr_2007

Hunting within the legal seasons as a way of controlling the herds of wild animals and saving them from starvation is quite different from shooting a tame, hand-feed animal. I don't know how anyone can call that hunting. It's not even humane slaughter for meat. This situation teaches that young man nothing of value and it makes me sick to learn the true facts.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 10:55AM
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buyorsell888

Canned hunts are disgusting. Encouraging a small child to spend hours shooting at a tame former pet is disgusting.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 8:02PM
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fancifowl

I dont think I was ever "attacked" for shooting those stray cays which were damaging my property!? Some one merely had a different view on the subject and expressed it. A couple more need to go soon, the neighbor boy has pledged to take care of them. protectiung property is not at all the same as hunting for food or shooting animals in caged hunts.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2007 at 5:51PM
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todancewithwolves

Buyorsell, my sentiments exactly. Shame on the parents and shame on the owners.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 10:57PM
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foosacub

This incident was not hunting, and any boar/hog hunter would have known upon sight of the animal that it was not wild. It was obvious that he'd been fed. The whole thing got me PO'ed.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 10:43AM
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dotmom

Yeah, it takes a "real Man' or "some kind of woman" who need to kill a tame or penned animal to feel important. Case in point.. the guy named Gentry of the country duo of Montgomery Gentry, paid to kill a bear that had been raised as a pet. I read he is an abid trophy hunter and had a lot of his victims stuffed and mounted in his "trophy room" I wonder how many of these animals were eaten by him?????

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 12:46PM
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bill_vincent

That is not hunting....that is simply killing. Wrong on all counts....but especially in this case where a young child was the one being taught that killing a tame animal just to get your name in the paper is perfectly OK. That makes me sick.

Exactly. I've seen videos of even worse than that, though. Big African cats chained up, and shot while on their chains. For a fee. To me that's just murder.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2007 at 4:19PM
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