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URGENT: Ask Sarasota County, Florida, to Oppose Cruel Hunt

June 5, 2012
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BACKGROUND | SOURCE PETA

Sarasota County officials will discuss and vote on a proposal that would implement a three-day feral hog hunt in an attempt to control populations in Deer Prairie Creek Preserve. The plan would allow hunters to run down and kill feral hogs with the use of dogs!

When a hog is caught, the dogs play tug-of-war with the animal’s body. They latch on to the hog’s face, ears, or throat, causing painful injuries, until the hunter stabs the animal to death. These hunts also leave orphaned young to starve, and the dogs themselves are often severely injured by cornered feral hogs. Graphic video footage of feral hog hunting with dogs can be viewed here.

If you live in Sarasota County, please attend the meeting, along with everyone you know, and urge Sarasota County officials to stick with humane hog management methods instead. If you cannot attend the meeting or live outside the area, please e-mail officials


WHOM TO CONTACT

cmason@scgov.net, jbarbett@scgov.net, crobinson@scgov.net, npatters@scgov.net, jthaxton@scgov.net


SAMPLE LETTER

To Whom It Concerns,

It has come to my attention that Sarasota County officials will discuss and vote on a proposal that would implement a three-day feral hog hunt in an attempt to control populations in Deer Prairie Creek Preserve. The plan would allow hunters to run down and kill feral hogs with the use of dogs, and I am writing to respectfully request you cancel these plans and mandate non-lethal forms of hog management instead.

When a hog is caught, the dogs play tug-of-war with the animal’s body. They latch on to the hog’s face, ears, or throat, causing painful injuries, until the hunter stabs the animal to death. These hunts also leave orphaned young to starve, and the dogs themselves are often severely injured by cornered feral hogs. Graphic video footage of feral hog hunting with dogs can be viewed here.

Furthermore, when hogs are killed,  more plentiful food sources are readily available to remaining hogs, the result of which is a greater reproductive season and subsequently more hogs.

Please choose the ethical, compassionate decision to protect, rather than harm, animals, and implement non-lethal methods to hog management.

Thank you for taking the time to read this urgent message.

NAME


here we sit in century 21
and you consider caveman
activities,
to be good fun.
tormenting hogs,
endangering dogs,
to manage,
how?
it is your bloodlust
that needs some
management,
now:(

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2012 12:05 pm

    here we sit in century 21
    and you consider caveman
    activities,
    to be good fun.
    tormenting hogs,
    endangering dogs,
    to manage,
    how?
    it is your bloodlust
    that needs some
    management,
    now:(

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  2. June 6, 2012 5:00 am

    Disgusting. Emails sent.

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  3. June 6, 2012 8:29 am

    They’ve emailed me back a reply:

    Christine Robinson crobinso@scgov.net
    1:31 PM (1 hour ago)

    to me, Carolyn, Joseph, Nora, Jon
    Dear Mr. Motson,

    On behalf of the Commission, thank you for writing and offering your thoughts on feral hog population control. We appreciate that you took the time to write. The Commission has continued the matter for 30 days to bring the matter back with further information as requested by the Commission.

    Thank you for participating in the public process.

    Best Regards,

    Christine

    Christine Robinson
    Sarasota County Commission Chair
    Sarasota County Government
    1660 Ringling Blvd
    Sarasota, Florida 34236
    941-861-5727
    Assisted by Robin Bayus
    rbayus@scgov.net

    I observe the Civility Rule: I will conduct myself in a civil manner in all communications and will require, and expect, the same of individuals communicating with me.

    All e-mail sent and received is subject to the public records laws of the State of Florida

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    • Lilith LeNuit permalink
      June 6, 2012 12:51 pm

      wtf? they just managed to whrite a very wordy reply and managed to say absolutely nothing! “On behalf of the Commission, thank you for writing and offering your thoughts on feral hog population control. We appreciate that you took the time to write. The Commission has continued the matter for 30 days to bring the matter back with further information as requested by the Commission.” huh?!?!?!

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    • June 6, 2012 8:37 pm

      Same one I received, thank you, Stephen.

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  4. Lilith LeNuit permalink
    June 6, 2012 12:52 pm

    write*

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    • June 6, 2012 8:38 pm

      Thank you, Lilith, I gather there is a 30-day wait before they discuss further. I wonder what the commission has asked for.

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