FLORIDA Children ages 8 to 16 recruited to shoot pigs to death

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FLORIDA Children ages 8 to 16 recruited to shoot pigs to death

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Louis Terrance started this petition to Chairman, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Rodney L. Barreto and

The Florida Wildlife Commission sponsors pig shoots out for children every year.

 "One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it," Margaret Meade, Anthropologist.

Just recently the children's pig shoot out was held from October 17th and October 24th at the Edward W. Chance Reserve - Gilley Creek Tract in the Lake Manatee Lower Watershed southeast of the city of St. Petersburg, Florida.

The guns will be loaded when the children are situated in a blind.

This is NOT NEW to the State of Florida:


Also see:


"The Florida Wildlife Commission began hosting youth hunts 3 years ago. The agency also offers instructions on hunting hogs, deer, turkeys and water fowl. At least 300 youths participated in hog hunts last season." 

"Hunting is part of our heritage here in Florida," says Kenny Barker of the Florida Wildlife Commission. "Kids need to learn that food doesn't come from a grocery store. This is an effort to recruit and retain some hunters for our future."

PS his email is: kenny.barker@MyFWC.com


Dear Southwest Water District:

Government sponsored hunt for children between eight years of age to 16.

These kids are not playing with water pistols. If so much as one child gets hurt, guess who is going to get sued? The State of Florida. Millions of dollars. I'm sure the lawyers are licking their chops at this possibility. You sponsored it, you will be held responsible-these children will be firing loaded guns.

Damage to society:

Children are going to be shooting and killing animals. These animals don't die right away. They scream in agony, suffer, run, and bleed to death. Rarely does a gun shoot and kill right away. Is this what you want children to learn? ARE YOU SERIOUS???  This IS animal cruelty. You all may not think it is, but it is. This teaches children to be cruel to animals. Would you say this is cruel to do to a puppy or kitten?  Listening to screams of agony for fun is cruel.  Yes, the law says it is legal to shoot pigs (which are more intelligent than dogs), but regardless what the law says, these animals SCREAM in agony when they get shot, and they die in pain. So this is the fun you want to teach children???  Maybe these kids will have so much fun killing these pigs the next targets will be neighborhood dogs and cats. They, too, are animals on all fours. More county expense on investigating animal cruelty charges (shoot someone's dog or cat I guarantee they owners WILL call the police and file charges and/or sue!)




The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 30:257–65, 2002

"A history of animal cruelty during childhood was significantly associated with APD [Antisocial Personality Disorder], antisocial personality traits, and polysubstance abuse. Mental retardation, psychotic disorders, and alcohol abuse showed no such association."

The United States of America is an extremely violent nation


Gunshot wounds: "Each year, approximately 30,000 to 50,000 Americans are killed secondary to gunshot wounds. This upper range nearly equals the number of fatalities (59,021) sustained during the 12 years (1961 to 1973) of the Vietnam war. (1) In 2003, the last year for which these statistics are available, 30,136 persons were fatally wounded by firearms, representing 18.4% of all injury-related fatalities."


Just last year, 16,272 Americans were murdered in USA-in one year. 1,382,012 individuals suffered violent crime; 89,000 individuals were victims of forceful rape. Last year, 304,059,724 populated the United States and 11,149,927 were the victims of some forceful traumatizing and/or lethal crime.



"Authorities estimate that there are between 35-50 serial killers on the loose in the United States-and new reports of suspected killers are constantly surfacing all over the globe." According to an FBI Behavioral Unit study 85% of the world's serial killers are in America.



"Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz and Jeffrey Dahmer have more in common than just being serial killers. These three murderers are also connected by the fact that each of them tortured and/or killed animals during their childhoods. "Researchers as well as FBI and other law enforcement agencies nationwide have linked animal cruelty to domestic violence, child abuse, serial killings and to the recent rash of killings by school age children", says Dr. Randall Lockwood (vice president of training and initiatives for the Humane Society of the United States.

Some children are cruel to and torture animals to impress their peers, but future serial killers usually torture animals purely for their own enjoyment. Animal abuse is a recognized sign of a mental disorder. If a child hurts animals it should be a red flag and immediate action should be taken. While there are many factors that contribute to someone becoming a serial killer, the one constant they share is animal abuse.

Jeffrey Dahmer showed an intense interest in dismembering animals as a child. As an adult he was charged with murdering and dismembering at least sixteen people."

FINALLY: "One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it," Margaret Meade, Anthropologist.

I am just want to point out some facts before authorizing what you are doing and the legal liabilities should a child get harmed from this hunt, and the damage it may do to the child-may even create future violent criminals. Of course you all are going to do what you want anyway-but at least now you know the very real possible serious consequences of your decision. Of course the parents are agreeing to it, but you will be responsible for holding and encouraging it. Keep in mind when it comes to their kids getting hurt-parents SUE. Guess what--ACCIDENTS HAPPEN! That's why they call them accidents.





Gun Deaths -- All
    * In the last five years, more than 148,000 people have been killed by a firearm in America, 14,500 of them children and teens.
    * 29,569 people were killed in America by gunfire in one year, according to the most recent data, which averages to 81 people a day -- or a person killed by a gun every 18 minutes.
    * The U.S. has the highest rate of deaths from gunfire in the industrialized world.

Gun Deaths -- Children and Teens (0-19)

    * 2,852 children and teenagers were killed in America by gunfire in one year, according to the most recent data, which averages to 8 children and teenagers a day -- or one child or teen killed by a gun every 3 hours.
    * Every three days, we lose a classroom of children as a result of gun violence.
    * The overall firearm-related death rate among U.S. children under the age of 15 was nearly 12 times higher than among children in 25 other industrialized countries combined.

Gun Injuries

    * In 2005, there were 69,825 people injured by a firearm in America -- that's more than 191 injuries per day. And 23% of the injuries (16,298) were incurred by children and teens.

School Shootings

    * Two-thirds of the 41 students involved in 37 school-shooting incidents from 1974-2000 got their guns from their own home or that of a relative.

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