While we are on the subject of ethical kills, there is this…
If it were any other quarry, I would say absolutely not. However, feral hogs are a horrific problem, mostly in terms of agricultural damage and impacts on native species. But they have been known to attack hikers and other unsuspecting folks.
From Texas A&M:
A 2004 survey conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service placed annual damage to agriculture in TX alone at $52 million with an additional $7 million spent by landowners to attempt to control the pigs and/or correct the damage. This is indeed a very conservative estimate. Other researchers suggest that damage per pig per year averages $200– but the problem there is that the assumption is made that a 40 pound pig causes as much damage as a 300 pound pig, which is unlikely. The total pig population in Texas has been estimated recently (2011) at 2.6 million. However, estimates for the United States population as a whole are non-existent but “guesstimates” place that number between 4 million and 8 million animals. Some reports estimate total damage in the U.S. may be $1.5 billion annually—However, these damage estimates are in part based on population estimates—but again, a figure we don’t have a good handle on nationwide.
While I don’t think it is the most humane way to hunt, it does make for some interesting footage. Unfortunately, in most videos like this there are a couple of wounded pigs in the group, and it is the responsibility of an ethical hunter to dispatch them quickly with a firearm.
This one is even closer to the line in my opinion – mostly because it was done purely for the voyeuristic potential. That said, it was an alligator doing what an alligator is going to do, it just had a little help. And crocodilians would be just as happy to munch on a person given the chance. As an aside I just read this piece today on a world-class kayaker who was killed last year by a crocodile in Africa. I guess Hobbes said it best – “Life is nasty, brutish, and short”. NSFW video below.
What are your thoughts on these? Ethical or not?