THE BLOODY TRUTH ABOUT PIG DOGGING


Whether you like it or not, pig dogging happens all over Australia. It's an issue that most people have a strong opinion about.


On one side of the fence there are the people who live in regional Australia who need to cull wild pigs to stop the damage caused to the environment and farming land. Damaged crops mean a loss in income, and a loss in income means a loss in livelihood. With an exploding population of feral pigs throughout central Queensland culling is the only answer for them.


On the other side of the fence there are the people who feel that it is cruel to both the hunting dogs as well as the pigs. For those who have witnessed footage of pig hunting, they feel that is a barbaric blood sport that should be banned.


Either way you look at it, it is a heated topic.


Most pig hunters themselves feel that there is a right way and a wrong way to do it, and are aware that there is a small group of hunters who not only exploit their dogs but are also unnecessarily cruel to the pigs.

Going out at either first or last light when the pigs are most likely to be active, the hunters drive around with spot lights shining in the distance until they spot a small black blotch or the dogs pick up the scent of a pig. Jumping off the vehicle, the dogs then pursue and capture the pig while the hunters try to catch up to end the pig's life with the quick stab of a knife to the heart.


A confronting experience to say the least.


This series won the 2013 Clarion award for best photo essay of the year.

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