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Monster Pig Was a Pet

Written by PETA | June 4, 2007

Monster_Pig.jpgI’ve been refraining from touching this story for a while now, partially because I didn’t want to give any publicity to a lousy father who thinks that killing animals on the weekend is a good way to teach his son to be a productive member of society. But the latest twist in the sad tale of “monster pig” seems at least worth a mention. For those of you who missed it, some kid in Alabama shot a 1,000 pound wild hog, and the picture of his senseless act went pretty much everywhere on the Internet because, well, it really was a surprisingly large animal. As it turns out, though, far from being a wild “monster pig,” as he came to be known, Fred was actually a companion animal who had been raised from birth by a couple named Phil and Rhonda Blissitt. Don’t feel too sorry for the Blissitts, since they saw fit to sell their pet to a hunting preserve for some reason, but I do think this latest development adds a certain poignancy to Fred’s already sad story. Hopefully it will be harder for people to take pleasure in this animal’s suffering now that they know he had a name.

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  • Autumn says:

    wow that thing is huge!! befor I went vegg I stoped eating pigs cuse I love them sooooo much! that is heartless and cruel cuse it was a pet and it was for fun! HELLZ NO THAT AINT COOL!!!

  • Azaria says:

    wow thats a big pig but i love pigs they are so cute

  • robyn says:

    this is disgusting

  • LISA says:

    I too am sick when I think of that poor defenseless animal who was “humanized” running and not knowing what was happening to him. I have no idea how anyone can harm an animal never mind raise one and sell it to be hunted. Those people are just as sick if not sicker than the ones who tortured and killed him.

  • Julie says:

    I agree that unfortuneately in this very sick and cruel society that the only way to deal with sickos like this father son kiling team is to have them be the hunted and tortured prey! This is all they seem to understand. And L.B. you would be the first in my sights! You deserve no less. I hope karma comes to you and that father and son soon!

  • Toni T says:

    What is disturbing is that Fred never had a chance. He was a pet sold to a guided hunt facility. so basically he was trapped in a small area with no where to go while some evil child hunted him. Way to go kid you father just taught you how to ummm what? walk around a small area and shoot an innocent animal. RIP Fred

  • Jane says:

    Fred’s agony is all over his face. He died suffering. He was big but apparently a gentle giant. The gentleness of an animal is superior to the selfish egotistical nature of some people like those hunters. Fred did not nothing to hurt anyone he did not have a gun like the cowardly hunters. I mean why don’t they go fight for their country instead of picking on poor defenseless animals. No one is being jailed for this crime but perhaps their jail is the whole world now.

  • Jenny says:

    Cyndi I loved what you said and I feel the same way it makes me very sad but its nice to know I am not alone!!

  • kris shulfer says:

    im sad! and agree with everyone I too would love to go on a human hunting expedition with the people who inflict such horrible pain to animals the people who torture and test on animals in labs…that would be a lesson well deserved!! RIP Fred!!!

  • Lisa Allender says:

    I just want to extend my words of comfort for those of you truly hurt over this.It’s a disgrace that this animal was killed.It’s disgusting that thousandsmillions are killed everydayfor fur for vanity for a “trophy” etc… I think Factory Farms should be mentioned here too. They are a disgusting invention and definitely are the cruelest of things ever dreamt up by humans.The life of an animal in a Factory Farm is an everywakingminute kind of sufferringmuch like the aniexty and fear poor Fred went through as he was hunted… I wrote about this subjectfactoryfarmedpigs in a poem “Sus Scrofa” published at http://www.lisaallender.com Common sense tells us that if you chase an animal shooting it for three hours that’s torture.It’s shameful that we don’t put as high a value on children who CARE for animals as we do for children who KILL them…. And we WONDER why society is sooo violent? Pigs are sooo intelligent. It just breaks my heart to think what hurt he went through. RIPFred.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    Dearest L.B. WAY too much inbreeding going on in your family sweetheart… Leave those poor goats alone… Judith

  • LB says:

    nice work kid. a hard hunt produced a fine reward. peta members just don’t understand the value of something like this. now how do one fit all of that hog into one BBQ pit? it will be so funny to read all the responses to this post.

  • Tamara says:

    I am unbelievably incredibly sad. I have no words. Only small tears forming in the corners of my eyes.

  • Gabriella says:

    I hope the father and son accidently shoot themselves! Do the world a favor!

  • Old Spiderwoman says:

    This rascal father makes it like some rascal parents in Spain there they go with their children to the slaughterhouse where they put small cows in narrow boxes then the children stab them to death for socalled bullfight training! These rascal fathers and mothers create rascal sons and these rascal sons become rascal workers rascal doctors rascal policemen rascal presidents rascal states my compliment!

  • Cyndi says:

    Unfortunely I had a feeling there wouldn’t be an end to this story I tried to find the address before the story came out that it was a pet at one time to write to the boy to possibly make him understand the err of his ways. But once again another heartbreaking story comes into view it was a pet. I just sometimes get so sad and disgusted although we have so many victories in animal rights we are also many times bombarded with so many horrendous stories you wonder if it will ever end. This story broke my heart before I knew it was a pet although how could it be called a pet when it was raised for slaughter? and now I cry tears for the pig. This is a very sad world we live in where people find pleasure ending the lives of innocent creatures who are unable to fight back or speak for themselves. But I will never stop fighting for them as all of us wonderful animal lovers! I only hope Fred is in peace what a cruel world we live in.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    Jeannie Your post simply took my breath away….. As a Buddhist one of the most beloved and beautiful quotes from Gandhi that I recite everyday is “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” I only hope that someday this shall be….. All beings tremble before violence All fear death All love life. The Buddha Judith

  • amber says:

    Jeanniewhat a great post I agree completely. Some people who eat wear kill animals argue that they don’t feel pain. I got in screaming arguements with my old roommate who was such a person. Jesus I can’t even comprehend that level of ignorance…is it real? or are they just defensive because they know deep down that its wrong? we all watched bambi as kids we were all troubled at the death of his mom right? what are these people debating?? humanity? compassion?

  • The Wailer says:

    There are disgusting people on this earth without any dignity! If there would not be PETA and some other strong animal rights activists I would really become a misanthrope. I hope that destiny shall reserve for these brutal animal killers a very special lesson!

  • JEANNIE PRIDGEN says:

    I SO AGREE. WHAT HAPPENED TO FRED IS A SAD TESTAMENT TO THE HUMAN RACE WHICH WHEN I LEARN OF THINGS LIKE THIS THAT MAN HAS PURPOSEFULLY AND DEMORALIZINGLYSO PERPETRATES ON FELLOW SENTIENT BEINGS WHICH IS WHAT ANIMALS ARE…THEY HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO FEEL WHICH MEANS THEY ARE SENTIENT BEINGS IT MAKES ME ASHAMED TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SPECIAES OF THIS RACE. TEACHING KIDS TO DEVALUE ALL LIFE IS ATROCIOUS. AND TO BE HEARTLESS ON TOP OF THAT IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE LOWEST FORM OF SELFISHNESS I CAN THINK OF. MAN NEEDS TO GET OFF OUR HIGHHORSE AND REALIZE THIS NO WE ARE NOT ALL CREATED EQUAL BUT WE ARE ALL “SPECIES” ALIKE SOME CAPABLE OF MORE DETAILED AND SPECIFIC ACTS SUCH AS FORMING COMPLICATED THOUGHT PROCESSES…CHOOSING WHATWHEREHOW WE PARTICIPATE IN LIFE…IN SPITE OF THESE DIFFERENCES ALL BEINGS DESERVE ONLY THE RIGHT NOT TO SUFFER PERIOD! TO THOSE THAT THINK ANIMALS DO NOT HAVE THOSE RIGHTS YOU ARE DEAD WRONG AND THEY DO FEEL PAIN. JUST ASK MY DOG AND CAT FOR I KNOW WHEN THEY ARE HURTTHEY SHOW ME WITHOUT WORDS. P.S. I WOULD PAY TO GO TO A HUMAN HUNTING PRESERVE AND DO THE SAME THING THAT LAME FATHER SONONLY I WOULD DISABLE THE HUMANS FROM ANY SOURCE OF FIGHTING BACK FOR THEN IT WOULD BE JUST LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO FRED. OH RIGHT. I GUESS HE COULD POINT HIS SCARYLOOKING SNOUT AT THE PAIR. THAT’D SCARE ‘EM. NOW THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN TO ME!! FRED MAY YOU “REST” IN PEACE FOR YOU DESERVE THAT AT THE VERY LEAST.

  • patricia Glynn says:

    No wonder the human race is in such dire straits! Violence is permeating every segment of society and a father is teaching an 11 year old it’s okay to stalk and torture an animal for 3 hours before killing him. How could the Blissitts live with themleves to have had Fred since he was 6 weeks old and send him off to be killed. They should never be allowed to have so much as a mouse for a companion for they are heartless monsters.

  • Cuckoo4tofu says:

    I read the article on the Internet it was on AOL’s welcome page and was disgusted. What disgusted me most about the story was the positive publicity the media gave this boy and an offering of a part in a movie who used a pistol to kill this pig so it took eight shots and three hours of suffering for the poor animal to finally die. The boy’s comments to the reporters were “It feels really good. It’s a good accomplishment.” I think it is sad for a human being especially a young child to consider stooping down so low by killing a living being an “accomplishment”. Those who breathe feel and think are not trophies.

  • Nicole Gaskin says:

    As an Alabamian this situation doesn’t surprise me one bit. It is part of the culture here to kill things whether they’re pets or wild animals. Most boys and some girls go through a time when they want to learn hunting and many find it so gruesome that they never do it again. Unfortunately it appears the majority who try it come to enjoy killing. My husband and I often find ourselves called to rescue animals from the side of the road so that people don’t purposely run over them. On a more positive note there are benefits to living in Alabama such as the national parks and the growing nonanimalusing biotech industry. Let’s hope that PETA’s work in Alabama can help people’s feelings to swing in the right direction.

  • Sarah says:

    Poor Fred.

  • Kenna says:

    Wow nice quote “Phil Blissitt was nice enough to tell my son that the pig was too big and needed killing” Stone said. “He shook Jamison’s hand and said he did not kill the family pet.” Does it matter?? Geez don’t these people realize it’s still a living breathing animal? Who cares whether it was a pet or not it’s still awful! That boy should feel bad for what he did he doesn’t deserve to be mollified by some guy who can’t even keep his pets.

  • kelly says:

    More from an interview with a local reporter who helped expose this. “As the Blissitts recounted the events of the last two days they told stories and made many references to the gentleness of their former “pet.” From his treats of canned sweet potatoes to how their grandchildren would play with him their stories painted the picture of a gentle giant. They even talked about how their small Chihuahua would get in the pen with him and come out unscathed.”

  • Maureen E. Roth says:

    This shows a very dark side of human nature. Families actually buying animals so that their kids can learn how to terrorize and torture them for pleasure there is something very sinister and scary about this whole story.

  • BullyDawg says:

    The only reason this all came out was because there were reports that the picture was doctored in Photoshop and the Blissitts got their panties in a bunch and just HAD to tell everyone it was real. They had 15 other pigs which they sold to a slaughterhouse because “they didn’t want the pigs anymore.” For everyone’s information could you list resources for rescued or abandoned pigs so that this doesn’t happen to another Fred?

  • Sancho says:

    Shame on such a father who doesn’t know anything else to teach his 11year old son how the world could ever become better being populated by such beasts!!!

  • Brianna Fritchey says:

    I also heard a rumor that the father and his son had edited the picture to make the pig look that big. I’m not all that surprised…

  • silent tongue says:

    do these people have no feelings no heart how much time must it take until the human being stops to react just with instinct instead of feelings!!!??? and the blissitt traitors should not anymore in all their life be allowed to keep animals!

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    People like this need to crawl back under their rocks and stay there. This poor guy was someones companion what a awful thing to do to any amimal that was close to you. You people are monsters… Mental Midgets. How could you do something so horrible. Judith

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