@ East Coast Canuck:
I hog hunt, and nutria hunt with my dogs. (Bull Terriers, APBT's, and Patterdales) These two types of animals specifically have done horrible damage to our crops/property/eco system here. They are destroying our way of life out here, our livliehood, by tearing up crops, etc. They are a nuisance, and breeding like rabbits.
How DARE you have the NERVE to insinuate that in me hunting with my dogs, that that is "no better than dog fighting." Yet another individual passing judgement and making ignorant statements and assumptions about something they no NOTHING about obviously. At least do your research before declaring such judgements and slandering an entire large group of people (hunters that hunt with dogs.)
Let me give you a REALISTIC scenario here so that MAYBE you will have a better understanding of how a typical hog hunt is conducted. We have a small pack of bay dogs, that seek and find the hogs. Their job is to stop the hog from running, keep him at bay, (by barking at the hog, no contact) until we can get there. Once we make it to the bay, we release a catch dog, that immediately takes hold, usually on one of the hog's ears. As soon as the catch dog has hold, we run right in and either hobble the hog, or stick him. The catch dog is immediately pulled off. That catch dog has a VERY important job, as a wild hog is very much capable of tearing a human being up pretty darn bad if given the chance. There is no 'tormenting' or 'watching the dog tear the animals to shreds.' The meat from these feral nuisances, either goes into our freezers to feed our family, or to the local food bank to feed hungry families in need.
People seem to forget that from the beginning of time, man had used dogs for all kinds of different purposes, including HUNTING. Hunting does NOT equal 'watching the dogs tear animals to shreds and be tortured' and all those lovely presumptions I am sick of hearing. My dogs are all my companions, but most of them do indeed partake in various LEGAL activities.
Here are some links to educate yourself on these 'poor hogs' that we hunt. Also the nutria.
YES. Here, Here!!!!