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Bay Pen Squeal

Monroeville, AL

#1 Jan 5, 2012
I would like to know why the 2012 Uncle Earls Compitition was contracted to out of state producers?
And what if any safe guards are in place to insure the humane treatment of the dogs and hogs.
I am not a bunny hugger, but what I witnessed at last years Uncle Earls does not represent, Winn Parrish very well.No one wants to see weak and sick hogs ripped apart run after run. Until some one reassures me that proper steps have been taken to insure the saftey of the hogs dogs and the spectators, I wont return as a spectator. My whole family was apauled by what we wittnesed there last year.
turrible tom

Winnfield, LA

#2 Jan 5, 2012
Would be much better to put politicians in there to run and have their asses ripped up. How bout a fat ass hoggy mayor, or a slimey senator. Now that wood be fun neeee!! boo-waaaaa!
UEHD board member

Winnfield, LA

#3 Jan 5, 2012
Well, last year there was an IN-STATE producer, and you weren't happy with him. I went several days and did not see any hogs "ripped apart". If the hogs were "weak and sick" that ws the producers fault for getting those hogs. By the way, ist is "appalled" not apauled. There are very few in state producers that can handle an event the size of this one. The ones who bid on it were considered, and the board picked the one we thought would do the best job. Why don't you reserve judgement until you see what happens. We want the same things you do - safe and properly run trials.
turrible tom

Winnfield, LA

#4 Jan 5, 2012
This crap is just as bad as cock fighting where the roosters get cut up. The hawgs may be sick or not but they feel pain and the people promoting this kinda crap is sicko too. My opinion and what i believe. How bout i sic my pit bull on your ass?
UEHD board member

Winnfield, LA

#5 Jan 5, 2012
The dogs are not allowed to catch the hogs. If they did, we would be shut down.
The Shadow

United States

#6 Jan 5, 2012
It doesn't matter how much people try to do something good for the Parish there is always someone with crap for brains trying to mess it up. They've just about succeded in taking everythinng out of the Parish. Guess these people will not be satisfied until there is nothing left but the Parish name!!!

Level 1

Since: Jan 09

Winnfield La

#7 Jan 5, 2012
Give em time they'll take that away too....
Bay Pen Squeal

Monroeville, AL

#8 Jan 6, 2012
dear Board member..Could you tell us what qualifications you and the rest of the board have that would qualify you to properly choose a "Producer". And If you say you were there and did not see hogs being ripped you are a liar. How much money do you get paid or do you make off the event ? who appoints your board? where will your hogs come from and will they be tested for disease and sickness. How much money does the Mayor make from taking pictures? And once again how will you insure the safty of the animals and spectators?
Bay Pen Squeal

Monroeville, AL

#9 Jan 7, 2012
why dont you answer the questions mr board member?
Action Jackson

Monroeville, AL

#10 Jan 7, 2012
Animal Welfare, Petitions — By Abby Heirtzler on September 26, 2011 4:54 pm

Target: Legislature of the states involved: Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Florida, and Oklahoma.

Goal: Stop hog-dog fighting, force authorities to investigate these fighting rings and make this crime on animals punishable by law.

Hog-Dog fighting may come as a new phenomenon to some, however it is a violent sport in which a hog and a dog are forced to fight as a means of entertainment. The dogs, most commonly pit bulls, are trained to attack whatever animal they are put against, in this case an innocent hog. Usually the hog has had its tusks removed with bolt cutters to remove any chance it has of defending itself against the trained and angry dog.

This form of torture is prevalent in the southern states, including but not limited to Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Oklahoma. The sport is believed to be a result of the “hog problem” in these areas, which such populations have labeled the concern for overpopulation of hogs.

Investigators from the Humane Society have reported the dreadful and traumatic event, describing their experience,“before you can count to three-one-thousand, the dog tackles the hog in a cloud of dust.. her jaws tear into the hog’s flesh, maybe ripping his snout, tail, or an ear.” In all cases of Hog-Dog fighting the dog is victorious and the hog is left in severe pain, bleeding and mutilated, if not dead.

The report states that,“the organizer tallies his profits from admission and dog entry fees.. owners with the fastest dogs leave with trophies and hundreds of dollars in prize money.” Even more horrifying is the “hog chase” that occurs afterwards, where the children at the fight are told to chase the hog around the ring, beating it down and tormenting it more. By this point the hog is often covered in blood and has torn flesh and broken bones.

The event of hog-dog fighting is completely inhumane and cruel. The sole purpose is to torture and mutilate an innocent hog that has been stripped of any means of defending itself. A trained fighting dog is released on the hog in an enclosed ring, encouraged to do as much damage on its opponent as it possibly can. This type of cruelty is meant to provide entertainment for onlookers as well as a method of solving the problem of hog overpopulation in the south.
Bob

Winnfield, LA

#11 Jan 7, 2012
Action Jackson wrote:
Animal Welfare, Petitions — By Abby Heirtzler on September 26, 2011 4:54 pm
Target: Legislature of the states involved: Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Florida, and Oklahoma.
Goal: Stop hog-dog fighting, force authorities to investigate these fighting rings and make this crime on animals punishable by law.
Hog-Dog fighting may come as a new phenomenon to some, however it is a violent sport in which a hog and a dog are forced to fight as a means of entertainment. The dogs, most commonly pit bulls, are trained to attack whatever animal they are put against, in this case an innocent hog. Usually the hog has had its tusks removed with bolt cutters to remove any chance it has of defending itself against the trained and angry dog.
This form of torture is prevalent in the southern states, including but not limited to Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Oklahoma. The sport is believed to be a result of the “hog problem” in these areas, which such populations have labeled the concern for overpopulation of hogs.
Investigators from the Humane Society have reported the dreadful and traumatic event, describing their experience,“before you can count to three-one-thousand, the dog tackles the hog in a cloud of dust.. her jaws tear into the hog’s flesh, maybe ripping his snout, tail, or an ear.” In all cases of Hog-Dog fighting the dog is victorious and the hog is left in severe pain, bleeding and mutilated, if not dead.
The report states that,“the organizer tallies his profits from admission and dog entry fees.. owners with the fastest dogs leave with trophies and hundreds of dollars in prize money.” Even more horrifying is the “hog chase” that occurs afterwards, where the children at the fight are told to chase the hog around the ring, beating it down and tormenting it more. By this point the hog is often covered in blood and has torn flesh and broken bones.
The event of hog-dog fighting is completely inhumane and cruel. The sole purpose is to torture and mutilate an innocent hog that has been stripped of any means of defending itself. A trained fighting dog is released on the hog in an enclosed ring, encouraged to do as much damage on its opponent as it possibly can. This type of cruelty is meant to provide entertainment for onlookers as well as a method of solving the problem of hog overpopulation in the south.
The above is true i believe, but i've never attended one of those events. Never will. These wild hogs/boars should be shot and the meat harvested. Even the hog hunters, as seen on TV, won't let their dogs rip apart the hogs. The guy saying he is a promoter remarks that the dogs don't catch the hogs or they'd be shut down..so what is the truth? Can't have it both ways.
Bob

Winnfield, LA

#12 Jan 7, 2012
UEHD board member wrote:
The dogs are not allowed to catch the hogs. If they did, we would be shut down.
What does the dogs do, just chase the hogs?
dog lover

United States

#13 Jan 8, 2012
cruel heathen entertainment for sick backwater people, unbelievable that a "community" would promote such an event
Board member

Winnfield, LA

#14 Jan 8, 2012
"dear Board member..Could you tell us what qualifications you and the rest of the board have that would qualify you to properly choose a "Producer". And If you say you were there and did not see hogs being ripped you are a liar. How much money do you get paid or do you make off the event ? who appoints your board? where will your hogs come from and will they be tested for disease and sickness. How much money does the Mayor make from taking pictures? And once again how will you insure the safty of the animals and spectators?"
1. The only qualification I personally have is that I was willing to serve on the board. As for the rest of the board, I can't speak for them. 2. No, I am not a liar. Which day, and how many hogs did you see get "ripped up"? 3. I make no money out of this event. The UEHDT got a small percentage of the gate, which went 100% to the Winn Western Riding club, for improvements on the arena.4. The hogs are provided by the producer, and they are his responsibility. 5.As far as I know the mayor makes no money - but if he does, it comes from the producer. Last year Jimmy Young and Bayed Solid had ALL rights to pictures. 6. The WWRC spends $$ to fix up the arena, including replacing boards in the stands, etc., for the safety of the spectators.

Once again, the dogs are only allowed to "bay" the hogs, not catch them. If you saw hogs "ripped up" as you say, provide proof - pictures, witnesses, etc.

As to "doglover", everything possible is done to protect the animals. You may feel this is heathen entertainment; that is your right. However it is a tradition in this parish. People from all over the US take off a week from their work to come and participate in the event. It brings lots of money into our parish, which has been hit hard in the last few years. Our main industry is logging, and when the construction industry goes down, so does logging.

I am sorry that I didn't respond earlier. I have a life beyond topix. I only came on here because someone told me of the article.
kirby

United States

#15 Jan 8, 2012
I say this so called sport should be illegal and shut down. I think it is cruel. Pitt bulls should not be taught to fight. What they are doing is inhumane and wrong.
dog lover

United States

#16 Jan 8, 2012
if it is a tradition then keep it as such, bay your hogs in the woods n provide meat for your family.
turning it into a sport, chasing defensless animals with dogs in a pen is cruel, just because you have a bunch of heathens come from other states to participate doesn't make it right!
Board member

Winnfield, LA

#17 Jan 8, 2012
Action Jackson wrote:
Animal Welfare, Petitions — By Abby Heirtzler on September 26, 2011 4:54 pm
Target: Legislature of the states involved: Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Florida, and Oklahoma.
Goal: Stop hog-dog fighting, force authorities to investigate these fighting rings and make this crime on animals punishable by law.
Hog-Dog fighting may come as a new phenomenon to some, however it is a violent sport in which a hog and a dog are forced to fight as a means of entertainment. The dogs, most commonly pit bulls, are trained to attack whatever animal they are put against, in this case an innocent hog. Usually the hog has had its tusks removed with bolt cutters to remove any chance it has of defending itself against the trained and angry dog.
This form of torture is prevalent in the southern states, including but not limited to Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Oklahoma. The sport is believed to be a result of the “hog problem” in these areas, which such populations have labeled the concern for overpopulation of hogs.
Investigators from the Humane Society have reported the dreadful and traumatic event, describing their experience,“before you can count to three-one-thousand, the dog tackles the hog in a cloud of dust.. her jaws tear into the hog’s flesh, maybe ripping his snout, tail, or an ear.” In all cases of Hog-Dog fighting the dog is victorious and the hog is left in severe pain, bleeding and mutilated, if not dead.
The report states that,“the organizer tallies his profits from admission and dog entry fees.. owners with the fastest dogs leave with trophies and hundreds of dollars in prize money.” Even more horrifying is the “hog chase” that occurs afterwards, where the children at the fight are told to chase the hog around the ring, beating it down and tormenting it more. By this point the hog is often covered in blood and has torn flesh and broken bones.
The event of hog-dog fighting is completely inhumane and cruel. The sole purpose is to torture and mutilate an innocent hog that has been stripped of any means of defending itself. A trained fighting dog is released on the hog in an enclosed ring, encouraged to do as much damage on its opponent as it possibly can. This type of cruelty is meant to provide entertainment for onlookers as well as a method of solving the problem of hog overpopulation in the south.
Hog dog fighting is quite different from what is done at Uncle Earl's. At the Hog Dog trials, the dogs are trained to "bay" the hogs - they bark at them and pen them up in the corner, but do not touch the hog. If they do, they are disqualified.
Board member

Winnfield, LA

#18 Jan 8, 2012
kirby wrote:
I say this so called sport should be illegal and shut down. I think it is cruel. Pitt bulls should not be taught to fight. What they are doing is inhumane and wrong.
Kirby, these are not "pitt bulls". Those of you who have never been are taking the word of people who, for the most part, are talking about something very different that what we hold here in Winnfield. Also, the word of those who know nothing about it and have never been. I abhor dog fighting, or any type of so called "sport" where animals are trained to fight each other. I must reiterate - THE DOGS AND THE HOGS DO NOT MAKE PHYSICAL CONTACT. The dogs are trained to corner the hog, "hold" it by baying it and waiting for the owner. I don't know all the ins and outs of the judging, but I know the dog is judged on the rapidness of cornering the hog, baying and NOT touching the hog. Many owners put a kind of apron, or protection of some kind on the dogs in the off chance a hog gets too close. I repeat Uncle Earl's would be shut down if they allowed contact between the dog and the hog.
Board member

Winnfield, LA

#19 Jan 8, 2012
dog lover wrote:
if it is a tradition then keep it as such, bay your hogs in the woods n provide meat for your family.
turning it into a sport, chasing defensless animals with dogs in a pen is cruel, just because you have a bunch of heathens come from other states to participate doesn't make it right!
You obviously have never seen a trial if you think the hogs are defenseless. It is one dog and one hog in a large pen. The dogs are trained to hold, not attack the hogs. I love dogs too - I have pets and would have nothing to do with this if what is being said here was true. I despise dog fighting, cockfighting, etc., and the people who practice it. This is not what happens at a hog baying.
Board member

Winnfield, LA

#20 Jan 8, 2012
Bay Pen Squeal wrote:
dear Board member..Could you tell us what qualifications you and the rest of the board have that would qualify you to properly choose a "Producer". And If you say you were there and did not see hogs being ripped you are a liar. How much money do you get paid or do you make off the event ? who appoints your board? where will your hogs come from and will they be tested for disease and sickness. How much money does the Mayor make from taking pictures? And once again how will you insure the safty of the animals and spectators?
One more thing - do you go to the rodeos that are held at the arena? You are not in the pen, you are not going to be hurt by the animals unless YOU do something stupid.

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