Sid Miller – the flamboyant Agriculture Commissioner of Texas – is a man famous for many things, including a Tweet on his official Twitter account on 1 November 2016 saying Hillary Clinton was a “cunt”.
He has now announced a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). From now on, a warfarin-based hog lure will be accepted as a pesticide to try to kill off the estimated 2 million wild pigs, many of them on four legs, that cause more than $50 million in damage every year. The pesticide is called Kaput Feral Hog Lure.
Miller said that “wild hogs have caused extensive damage to Texas lands and loss of income for many, many years. With the introduction of this first hog lure, the ‘Hog Apocalypse’ may finally be on the horizon.”
Texans weren’t too bothered about Miller calling Hillary a cunt. But they’re not pleased that wild hogs are now going to be poisoned. The Texas Hog Hunters Association has started a petition to block the rule change. Eydin Hansen, vice president of the association, said to a media outlet: “If this hog is poisoned, do I want to feed it to my family?” Bit of a rhetorical question, that one.
Hogs that eat Kaput will supposedly change colour – a blue dye in their fatty layers will (hopefully) identify them and prevent others from scoffing them. The feral hogs will eat just about anything including newborn calves, lambs, ground-nesting bird eggs and small reptiles. They also carry 30 different diseases and 37 parasites.
Miller’s rule change has nothing to do with humane culling of the hogs, who will die from massive internal bleeding. It will, he says, mean that $900,000 previously allocated for feral hog control research will no longer be necessary.
Miller is also famous for his “Pork Chopper” legislation, which permits people to shoot the pigs from helicopters.
Picture source: Mike Cumpston