Saturday, June 02, 2007

The ethics of killing a monster pig

Jamison Stone, 11, (in the AP photo above) shot the huge hog during what he and his father described as a three-hour chase. They said it was more than 1,000 pounds and 9 feet long; if anything, it looked even bigger in a now-famous photo of the hunter and the hunted. See the photos on

Now it turns out the huge hog that became known as "Monster Pig" had another name: Fred. The not-so-wild pig had been raised on an Alabama farm and was sold to the Lost Creek Plantation just four days before it was shot there in a 150-acre fenced area, the animal's former owner said.

Phil Blissitt told The Anniston Star in a story Friday that he bought the 6-week-old pig in December 2004 as a Christmas gift for his wife, Rhonda, and that they sold it after deciding to get rid of all the pigs at their farm.

"I just wanted the truth to be told. That wasn't a wild pig," Rhonda Blissitt said.

Mike Stone, Jamison's father, says that he was unaware of the origin of the pig.

The American citizens have a right to bear arms and hunting is legal business. But what does a 11-year-old boy get out of chasing a giant hog for three hours, killing it and publishing the photos with immense pride; other than fame or a film in Hollywood?

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