Fred the Pig

Jon, I just want to say up front that you should not read this post.

I want to say two things before I get to the heart of my post.  One is that this Alabama monster pig has caused more calls to fly between my house and the recalcitrant brother’s than anything in recent memory.  The other is that I eat meat and am not about to stop.

However, I just have to say that this pig story grosses me right the fuck out.  In my world, hunters hunt for food.  If it takes you more than a couple of shots to kill your prey, that’s a failure.  The point of hunting is to make a clean kill of something you’re going to eat or wear or otherwise use for sustinence, not to inflict as much pain on a suffering animal as possible before it mercifly dies.

Sometimes, you have to hunt for self-protection–coyotes often have to be removed from property, raccoons sometimes have to be killed.  Even beloved farm animals and pets sometimes have to be put down as quickly as possible.

Sometimes, you hunt because we’ve removed the top of the food chain and so it’s up to us to control certain animal populations.

Again, though, in every case, the hunter’s goal is to make a clean kill–to put the animal down with as few a shots as necessary.

Sometimes, you might have to shoot at an animal that wishes you harm–like a bear or even a feral pig.  And in that case, I can understand why you’d come back and say to your friends, “Holy shit, it took me six shots to kill it!”

But let’s think of another scenario.  Say that my neighbors decided that Mrs. Wigglebottom deserved to be shot (and, sadly, there are times when dogs have to be shot).  What if they put her in a pen and shot at her six times over the course of three hours before she finally, mercifully, died?

Do you think there’d be a news outlet in the nation calling those fuckers up to ask them in awed tones to talk about how big she was?  What it was he did to be rewarded by his father with being able to shoot my dog six times?

I hope not.

And yet, when the Lost Plantation purchased Fred, a gentle farm raised pig who liked to be hand-fed sweet potatoes, four days before Jamison Stone made his now infamous kill, and put him in an enclosure, that’s the death they intended for him.

I’m going to say, I feel bad for Jamison Stone, because he’s eleven, but everybody else involved in this story needs to be slapped upside the head.

Seriously.

17 thoughts on “Fred the Pig

  1. I couldn’t access Lost Plantation’s site. Apparently, NBC cancelled a plan segment about this “hunt.”, after they got suspicious about doctored photos. I could give a rat’s ass about whethter or not the photos were altered. My bitch is that they stalked and tortured a pet pig in an enclosed area. That pig had no chance. Once again, our lazy press loved the hero angle, and ignored the real story.

  2. Heehee, I read it anyway :)

    And I agree with everything you said. I eat meat too — I try to reduce and minimize the amount, but I haven’t stopped entirely and don’t know if I ever will. And sometimes killing an animal (including other humans!) is necessary and appropriate for all the reasons you mention.

    It’s the utter and complete disrespect for life shown by Fred’s case that angers me. One should only kill because one has to, it should be done as quickly and mercifully as possible, the life that was taken should be given the reverence it was due, and the kill should never be a cause for celebration. None of those conditions were true in this case.

  3. Carl Hiaasen’s novel Sick Puppy is a must read for all who would like to see literary revenge taken on canned hunters–and since that’s the best we can do, I say read it. Any novel whose hero is a former English major turned radical environmentalist, and in which the staked out “trophy” animal dishes out poetic justice for the so-called “hunters” deserves a big reading audience. And it’s side-splitting funny.

  4. He’s going to eat it? Because there’s nothing wrong with killing a pig, you know, or using it’s hide to make footballs or suitcases.

  5. The story is very sad, and pathetic. If this happened to a dog, the entire nation would be in protest. It’s time for thinking people to stop nurturing the cultural disconnect that is necessary for them to decide certain species are worthy of empathy, and others aren’t. Use your brain. Maybe someday we will stop allowing the government and corporations to decide for us what is morally right and wrong in regards to animals. (Yes, I’m an ethical vegan- and yes, you can eat wonderfully and be totally satisfied without meat. It’s not nearly as hard as most think it would be)

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  8. POOR TAME PIG SHOT AFTER FED 20 POUNDS OF SWEET POTATOES,SHAME SHAME ON THAT BOYS DAD,IF HE SPENT HALF THE TIME TEACHING HIM FINDAMENTALS OF SHOT PLACEMENT ,THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO GRUELING,TAKE A KID HUNTING, BUT TEACH HIM HOW TO SHOOT FIRST,

  9. I HEARD IT TOOK 16 SHOTS,AMAZES ME HOW BAD THIS BOYS AIM WAS,SOMETHING AS BIG AS A SMALL CAR IN A FENCE,

  10. IF FRED THE PIG WAS STILL HERE ID LOVE TO HAND FED THE BIG GUY A SWEET POTATOE ,AND PET THE TAME PET, FELLA ON HIS HEAD,AND THEN GIVE HIM ANOTHER POTATOE

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