Pig dogging is a cruel and dangerous form of “entertainment” leading to serious animal welfare and environmental problems.
Publicly available evidence reveals that the flesh of terrified pigs is torn at by trained dogs during these hunts. Because they cover large areas and it’s difficult for hunters to maintain contact with their dogs, pigs are often mauled for long periods and even killed before humans arrive on the scene.
Sometimes humans lose contact with their dogs, who can become wild and interbreed with dingoes, therefore contributing to numbers of feral animals – the exact opposite of the supposed desired effect of these hunts.
Pig dog hunting compromises the intentions and regulations of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 and the Companion Animals Act 1998. It results in considerable suffering for both pigs and the dogs used to hunt them.
There is no substantiated evidence that pig dogging is an effective method of managing feral pig populations.
On its website, the RSPCA lists six methods it considers effective for the management of feral pigs, and pig dogging is not one of them. The organisation says that “the methods used by hunters are labour intensive, expensive and not effective in reducing populations of pest animals over large areas for the long term” and that “shooting feral pigs, especially where dogs are used, can be counterproductive to other control methods because it can disperse pigs or make them more wary of humans”.
This is a blood “sport”, not an effective means of controlling feral pig populations. It belongs in the dustbin of history. Please ban it now.
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