October is not a good month to be a feral hog in the state of Texas. That’s because the state’s Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has declared this month “Hog Out Month – Get the Hog Outta Texas!”
TAKE ACTION: Tell Texas to stop shooting hogs!
Staples is offering grants to counties in the hopes of spurring a statewide bloodbath. Texas estimates there are 2 million feral pigs roaming the state and they cause $400 million in damage every year.
“Not only are feral hogs a costly nuisance to agricultural operations and wildlife habitats, but they are increasingly finding their way into urban areas and destroying residents’ yards, public parks and golf courses,” Staples said in a statement when the campaign was unveiled.
Well, golf courses might not be everyone’s first priority, but these creatures do prey on some young animals, and can destroy rangeland, pastures and crops. And they are regarded as a challenge to hunt or trap because they are wary and smart. (There’s a reason George Orwell put the pigs in charge in “Animal Farm”!)
But is the solution to encourage Texans to lock and load and hunt down the animals? In addition to the challenge to counties to compete for the most hogs killed, the Texas Department of Agriculture is also sponsoring a “Hog Out Tailgate Party.”
Texans may love their guns, but sponsoring a mass killing is not the right way to deal with this man-made problem.
Click here to tell Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples to find a humane way to handle the hog overpopulation.
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