Stop Defending Human Killing Animals

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Hogs are smart and resilient an are finding plenty of opportunities to thrive in mountain and desert regions.

I AM A HUMAN THAT LOVES ANIMALS. 

Besides being a lifelong hunter and angler, I have always had companion and guard dogs.

My wife Lisa and I run a small zoological facility with more than 50 species ranging from Siberian chipmunks to gorgeous green-naped lorikeets from New Guinea.

Animals are a huge part of our lives.

I say this to preface the diatribe that is about to ensue. I have a burr under my saddle regarding people who never put the blame for any incident on animals—and I’m not talking about animal rights activists.

I’m talking about hunters and fishermen.

We ran a story on fishgame.com about the tragic hog attack in Anahuac the day after it occurred last November. We had a few people who claimed to be hunters saying the actions could not possibly be a hog.

One guy went as far as to say hogs “always run” when people approach them. He claimed to have hunted hogs with dogs for years and never had a hog charge.

Hogs are smart and resilient an are finding plenty of opportunities to thrive in mountain and desert regions.

I have hunted hogs with dogs a handful of times and had hogs charge on the majority of occasions. I got charged twice by the same hog in the Cumberland Mountains in Tennessee while hunting with dogs. A second charge occurred with a huge boar on a hog-dog hunt in East Texas. Also, along with my cousin Frank Moore, I was forced up a tree by a boar in Edwards County while we were simply walking through a cedar thicket.

Maybe this gentleman was pursuing vegan hogs on a gluten free diet or something.

I mean, imagine the horror of the poor things actually being chased by dogs as they were out there minding their own business destroying native wildlife habitat and causing untold damage to agriculture.

Can you imagine the nerve of those hunters?

This reminds me about the time I was investigating coyote attacks and was told by a wildlife “expert” there had never been a coyote attack on a person in Texas at that time.

When I pointed out that a coyote bit a man in the butt while grilling in his backyard, the expert said that wasn’t really an attack because the coyote was attracted to the food.

Tell that to the guy who had a coyote’s canines piercing his buttocks!

While talking about cougar management and the increasing presence of cougars in urban areas in California and other areas of the west, I was told that humans should stop going into their habitat. I informed this person that they are currently living on former cougar habitat and that their home displaced cougars and other critters.

When I mentioned the case of a cougar stalking kids on an elementary school playground, this person told me the cougars were there first, and we should not blame them if they kill a kid.

I am all for keeping mountain lions around. I think they should be managed properly and considered a prized game animal.

I do however think that cougars crossing onto playgrounds should have crosshairs put on their shoulders and 150 grains of lead sent into their vitals.

Kids come first—period.

Anyone who would prefer a cougar over children should not be making decisions on wildlife or human issues for that matter. Their opinion is invalid.

Then there’s the other side of animal apologetics. It is the cluelessness involving domestic animals and livestock and all-out hatred of wildlife. On my radio program, I occasionally get calls from people who think we should basically eliminate wildlife and stop conserving any kind of predator.

This came up in a discussion about sharks. My response was that according to the Centers for Disease Control sharks kill about one person in the United States annually.

Horses kill around 20. That won’t grab too many headlines because too many media figures and wealthy, influential people have horses, but it is a fact.

Sharks are easy to sensationalize but in reality, Mr. Ed’s kind has killed far more people than “Jaws” and its family in the United States. They have also killed more people than bears and mountain lions.

Dogs are the most egregious human attacker with anywhere between 30 to 50 fatalities annually and tens of thousands of hospital visits because of dogs. However, you can’t even mention a particular dog breed related to attacks or fatalities without people blowing a gasket.

Pit bulls have more keyboard warrior defenders than murder victims. If you don’t believe me, dare to post a news story about an attack involving a pit bull and see the people come out of the woodwork.

I have nothing at all against the breed, but I am sick of apologists denying that sometimes they do kill folks. Yes other breeds do too, but that’s not the point. We defend animals more than we do people.

We put energy and money into animal defense when it would go much better if spent on wildlife conservation.

We have a problem when people defend exotic animals such as hogs, which have caused billions of dollars of damage to agriculture, destroy untold acres of wildlife habitat—and yes attack people.

I would expect this from animal rightists, but not hunters and fishermen. It’s time to put the focus back in the right place, which is the safety of people and the conservation of native wildlife.

Now if I could just find some of those vegan, gluten-free, diet hogs. Seems like they would be great to cuddle with.

Maybe they’ll fly one day, too.

Chester Moore

human human human

51+

3 Comments

  1. Larry Brown says:

    I think I land somewhere between animal activist and Mr Moore on this one. I grew up on a working dairy farm, family size, so I understand dealing with domestic animals, great and small. A dog who bit a child was disposed of. If he bit someone stealing gas or tools, he was given an ear rub. A rooster who chased my little sisters magically transformed himself into a fryer. Cows who kicked regularly went to the auction or the butcher.

    Wild animals are different. I totally agree that an animal that comes into populated areas should be removed. Stalkers should be killed and the odd bear or big cat that just got to deep into the community trapped and removed. My difference with Mr Moore is with wild animals, in the wild. I live in the Smokey Mountains. We got bears. In my yard. When a bear attacks, they hunt it and kill it. All the time, apparently (I did not call to confirm this, just my observation) In one attack I am personally familiar with, it was a predatory attack on a lady and it killed her. I say go get it. In another, it was an idiot messing with cubs. And one was a drug user that OD’d and died, and a bear ate part of the body. I think you should let that bear alone until you determine cause of death and then, Let It Alone!

    In Alaska, the policy makes more sense to me and they way I look at things. They relocate nuisance bears, kill the bad ones, and when some poor soul or “idiot” runs up on a bear being a bear in the wild, they back it off, recover the remains, and let the bear alone. She defended her territory, you should not have been there unaware of here presence. And trust me, it is easy to walk up on a bear in Alaska. They get in the blueberries and you could be 10 feet away without knowing. That’s why you make noise in bear country. No surprises.

  2. Patrick says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how and why a coyote was grilling in someone’s backyard in Texas.

  3. will hector says:

    Well I totally read the title wrong I thought I saw we should stop defending humans killing animals the article was not what I thought say the least lol. Very to the point and makes a great point.

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