Don’t Slowly and Painfully Poison Feral Hogs

Target: Sid Miller, Texas Agricultural Commissioner

Goal: Stop the use of a dangerous poison to kill feral hogs in the state of Texas.

Sid Miller, a Texas legislator and current Agricultural Commissioner, has stated his goal is to start a “hog apocalypse” through bait stations intended to poison the state’s nearly 2 million feral hogs with Warfarin, a highly dangerous blood-thinner and rodenticide. The introduction of Warfarin into the environment with few checks and little oversight could have devastating effects on wildlife and on public health.

The so-called “Kaput Feral Hog Lure” would involve state or private landowners placing the Warfarin-laced bait out into the open at bait stations, to allow the hogs to freely feed. Warfarin is odorless and tasteless, and kills slowly. The hogs would be subjected to a torturous death through internal hemorrhaging, perhaps over three or more days, during which time their innards would turn a bright blue.

Warfarin, like many poisons, bio-accumulates in the body, meaning that any animals that feed or scavenge on the meat would similarly be contaminated and could be killed as well. Miller claims that other animals aren’t as “vulnerable” to Warfarin as hogs are, but evidence says otherwise. Where it is used extensively as a rodenticide, birds of prey and other predators can suffer adverse effects or be killed as a result of eating contaminated rats. Similarly, if a poisoned hog was killed by a hunter and then eaten, it is likely that humans could be harmed as well.

Feral hogs in Texas are responsible for significant damage to urban parks and crops, yet there are other, more humane means of control. Recently, the Dallas City Council voted nearly unanimously to go with a humane trap and removal method to take care of their urban hog problem, and it is likely that other communities could do the same. Warfarin had previously been used in Australia to control feral hogs in that country, but the practice was later deemed too risky and too inhumane, and was stopped. Texas should not repeat Australia’s mistake and must strive to do better.

We must pressure the agricultural commissioner to listen to the voices of conservationists, hunters, and other legislators in opposing this dangerous proposal. Sign the petition below to demand that Miller stops his “hog apocalypse” and seeks more humane methods of control for feral hogs.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Miller,

I am truly appalled at your proposal to introduce a dangerous poison like Warfarin into the environment with the intent of killing feral hogs. Warfarin is a potent blood-thinner that kills both slowly and excruciatingly. This is a cruel and inhumane method of control, with risks that could extend far beyond the intended targets. Where Warfarin is used elsewhere as a pesticide, we know that predators such as birds of prey are often sickened or killed after ingesting poisoned rats. Feral hogs are a popular target for hunters in Texas — who is to say that people could not be harmed as well if they were to consume Warfarin-tainted hog meat?

While it is true that feral hogs do cause significant amounts of damage to crops and parks across Texas, this is not an acceptable means of control. I urge you to reconsider your proposal and to seek safer and more humane alternatives.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: United States Fish and Wildlife Services

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15 Comments

  1. It is shocking that this Agricultural Commissioner is willing to slowly torture and kill these feral hogs, AND put at risk all other wildlife in the area while doing so.
    There are HUMANE methods to deal with these issues. With a little research he could find a no-torture/kill solution to the problem. His proposed solution is horrifying and dangerous.

    • What’s the humane method of dealing with 2.5 million invasive animals that breed like rabbits, are smarter than dogs, can jump a barbed wire fence, eat anything we eat, and cause $400 million in property damage annually?

      I seriously want to know. Tell me, since you seem to think you have a better solution. Make all 2.5 million hogs go away from Texas forever, in a humane manner. And don’t forget, if you only get rid of 70% of them, they’ll repopulate in 3 years.

      • While you’re at it Robbzilla, how about asking these people if they know how dangerous these things are and how much damage they do to the environment. Ask them if they know where these dangerous animals came from in the first place. Ask them if they are willing to lose their favorite doggie to these critters.

      • Like I said, it takes some research. For starters, check out the website of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). They have some excellent ideas and methods proven to work. There is no need to resort to barbaric, sadistic and dangerous methods in this day and age.
        (Took me a while to reply because I was otherwise occupied for a while.)

  2. END THE INHUMANE POISONING OF THE FERAL HOGS HERE NOW.

  3. Renata Bartoli, PhD says:

    How on earth can one considering doing such a terrible thing? I do wonder: are people mad? Totally deprived of any sense of compassion? One can’t be metally healthy: just stop a moment to think about it. It’s no exaggeration.

  4. Since when are humans the only species that matters? In the Christian faith that so many conservatives claim to be, humans are directed to be stewards of the planet not rapists of it for greedy purposes. If our planet is to survive and us with it, we MUST learn to live WITH other species not kill them off because they interfere with a needless lawn or some other imaginary crap. It’s time we good people stand up to those who are raping our planet of resources and killing off animals simply to increases their profit. People and planet over profit is the motto. Envy and greed are sins as are murder!!!!

  5. Not only is the cruel and inhumane it also snowballs to other animals that will eat the poisoned meat.

  6. IT IS DOWN RIGHT STUPID TO POISON THESE FERAL HOGS BECAUSE OTHER ANIMALS (IT IS ILLEGAL TO KILL VULTURES BECAUSE THEY ARE THE JANITORS OF THE EARTH, THEY EAT OTHER DEAD ANIMALS THAT OTHERWISE THE CITY WOULD NEED TO HIRE SOMEONE TO DISPOSE OF DEAD ANIMALS OUT IN THE WILD)CAN EAT THEM. AND IT IS CRUEL TO POISON THEM BECAUSE THEY WILL DIE A SLOW PAINFUL DEATH!

  7. Stop the use of a dangerous poison to kill feral hogs in the state of Texas. Why do you Yanks have to make excuses to murder the Wildlife.Just leave the innocent Hogs alone and poison yourselves. You are always making up excuses to murder the innocent Wildlife or what ever you animal torturing monsters can kill. You are a pack of animal murdering psychopathic degenerates. Shame on you!!!!!!
    This is sadism and evilness at its worst.

  8. Dawn legere says:

    Seriously! Just leave poison around??? And slow painful death?! How about catching them in a humane way, slaughtering them in a humane way and use the food to feed the starving people?! Let’s remember that the animals were here first and we continue to encroach on their space.

  9. Animals don’t to be poisoned its blooding cruel if need to be culled should be done in a humane way. Who ever controls this needs to be poison see how painful and slow the death is. What’s wrong with cruel heartless people in this world today People need to be culled not animals . STOP THIS BRUTAL WAY. PEOPLE ARE THE CRUEL ONES.

  10. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗😠😡

  11. This is pure insanity & stupidity — WHO concocted such an evil & torturous method? — He/she MUST be arrested & imprisoned! — This sadistic, cruel, immoral, unconscionable ANSWER to a very simple issue MUST be scrapped!! — the needless suffering & death MUST NOT see the light of day — we have humane options whereby these beautiful animals can be transferred to a more remote & safe location OR to a Farm Sanctuary — let’s DO THE RIGHT THING!!

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