Target: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
Goal: Outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boars in Louisiana.
Louisiana has a wild boar problem that legislators are grasping at straws trying to solve. Wild hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, the state has legalized the use of ‘bait-dogs’ in boar hunting. This is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved.
Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: family pets are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down and attack it, leaving it badly injured but normally still alive. Hunters will kill the pig and utilize the carcass. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved in baiting are wounded by tusks, bitten and trampled. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal.
If hunting hogs with dogs was outlawed, it would set a precedent for banning other inhumane practices, such as family events where hogs are corralled and attacked by dogs in front of families, including children. Forcing animals to fight one another to the death should not be allowed in any circumstance, and should not be a spectator sport.
There is undoubtedly an overpopulation problem with wild hogs in Louisiana. Controlling this population does not need to involve violence from humans or other animals. Encourage Louisiana to brainstorm more humane ways of dealing with wild hog overpopulation, such as designated and secure roaming lands and controlled breeding. Leave dogs out of the problem, and out of harm.
Dear Governor Jindal,
Wild boars are a major problem in Louisiana. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting: this is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere.
Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death. Hog killings are often performed for an audience that involves young children; children should not be exposed to this kind of violence.
I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary.
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