27 June 2008

From Today's New York Times

To the Editor:

Getting Bacon the Hard Way: Hog-Tying 400 Pounds of Fury” (front page, June 21), about Texas hog hunters, illustrated the barbarity of hunting with dogs.

To compensate for their lack of skill, hunters set their dogs upon a wild pig—a descendant of boars brought to America solely to give hunters the pleasure of killing a helpless animal.

As the dogs tear chunks of flesh from the terrified pig, the hunters undoubtedly feel proud of their accomplishment.

Many hunters compound their cruelty by abandoning their dogs when they are no longer of use. Following hunting season, animal shelters across America see an influx of ex-hunting dogs who were cruelly left to fend for themselves.

Hunting with hounds is neither sport nor conservation. It is an exhibition of human nature at its worst.

Joe Miele
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
Maywood, N.J., June 23, 2008

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