UPDATE 09/17/08: Commenter Doug has left an excellent comment regarding this story. He stresses that "hog-doggers" not be lumped into the majority of hunters and that "hog-dogging should be illegal across the board." DogsBite.org agrees, and we did not create this post to oppose hunting. We thank Doug for his clarification and insight. Please click the Comments link at the bottom of this post to read Doug's full comment.
09/17/08: Hog Dog Rodeos -- A Bloodsport
DogsBite.org - In a recent post, we mentioned the sport of hog dog rodeos. This "family event" throws pigs and pit bulls into a ring for entertainment. The squealing, screaming pigs get horribly mauled while the crowd cheers and kids eat cotton candy. Fortunately, the HSUS has helped put a stop to this practice. In the past 5 years, a handful of southern states -- where the sport mainly takes place -- have outlawed the rodeos.
As recently as the arrest of Michael Vick, however, shows that the sport continues. This news clip depicts the southern tradition occurring in the state of Florida. As the clip mentions, hog dog rodeos are different than hog dog hunting. That said, the practice of hog dog hunting creates extremely dangerous dogs, like the ones that killed Rosalie Bivins last year in Oklahoma and terribly mauled a boy in New Zealand this past July.
Why Don't Hunters Just Shoot Feral Hogs?
One has to ask just how "beneficial" this practice is (WARNING graphic video). Once again, our concern is the types of dangerous dogs that hog dog breeding produces. Furthermore, as pointed out on this website (United Hog Dog Association of America), pit bull owners that join the club have the right to own: hunting dogs (pit bulls), break sticks, treadmills, flirt poles and any other hog dog hunting and training paraphernalia needed!
07/24/08: Pig Dogs (Pit Bull Mixes) Attack Boy in New Zealand
08/26/07: 2007 Fatality: Rosalie Bivins Killed While Getting Her Mail