TikTok removes viral video of cops, veterans hunting hogs after PETA flips out: ‘Violates applicable laws’

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Censorship by social media platforms and blatant gaslighting by questionable and hypocritical organizations often work together to promote the dark art of silencing others.

Case in point: Chinese company TikTok recently removed a video showcasing a business that provides a helicopter service for hunters who utilize aerial gunning to thin out the wild pig population in Texas.

The video was from “The Real Man Show” and is currently viewable on Facebook.

Why was the video removed from TikTok?

The timing might be coincidental, but apparently, the supposed animal-rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), found the video of hunters legally culling feral pigs offensive and vowed to flag it to TikTok.

After PETA started to complain, TikTok removed the video, saying:

“Removed for ‘Illegal activities and regulated goods.'”

After an appeal was made by the poster of the video, TikTok still refused to restore it, saying:

“Content can’t be restored.

“It was determined that your content violates applicable laws and cannot be restored.”

TikTok then further noted the specific violation was “violent and graphic content.”

Gimme me freaking break.

Full disclosure: I am not into hunting and never will participate. I am into animal rescue and have helped to place a few into loving homes. All my pets are rescues too. I support ethical hunting even though I am not a fan of the sport.

However, it is disturbing that TikTok, along with other social media platforms, routinely allow extremely violent and graphic content depicting attacks on people, animal abuse, pornography involving children, etc., but that garbage does not seem to get censored right away, even after complaints are filed.

Yet hunting, which has been going on for thousands of years, is now illegal, violent and graphic according to a Chinese social media platform that ignores the violence against its own people and animals?

How are U.S. dudes with facial hair legally hunting destructive feral pigs in Texas a problem? Was their activity illegal?

The answer is no, but it is clear that some people and organizations simply do not like guns, even when they are used for legal purposes.

In the video, wild pigs are shot by the hunters in helicopters and go down quickly. Why were they shot?

A farmer wanted them eliminated due to the enormous economic and environmental damage they were causing on the farm. After the hunt, which was a legal and sanctioned event, the culled pigs were used to feed other animals. There was no waste.

By the way, wild pigs are not native to North America, and males can weigh between 100-400 pounds. They were first introduced to the West Indies by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and then to the continental United States by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1539 when he landed at the Florida coast.

According to the Texas Parks & Wildlife’s website, the pigs are a nuisance and cause a lot of damage.

Believe the science.

Feral pigs are omnivores and eat a wide variety of items, including agricultural crops and even juvenile domestic livestock. They have also been known to eat Bambis, er, white-tailed deer fawns, ground nesting bird nests, reptiles and amphibians.

The females have a high reproductive rate and can have as many as three litters, each containing 4-6 piglets, in the space of 14 months. Wild pigs have been listed as one of the top 100 worst exotic invasive species in the world, according to Texas Parks & Wildlife:

“In 2007, researchers estimated that each wild pig carried an associated (damage plus control) cost of $300 per year, and at an estimated 5 million wild pigs in the population at the time, Americans spent over $1.5 billion annually in damages and control costs.

“Assuming that the cost-per-wild pig estimate has remained constant, the annual costs associated with wild pigs in the United States are likely closer to $2.1 billion today.”

Most damage caused by the wild pigs is through either rooting or the direct consumption of plant and animal materials. Rooting is when the pigs use their snouts to dig into the ground and turn over soil. According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, the pigs’ activities cause ecological damage:

“The mixing of soil horizons that often accompanies rooting by wild pigs has also been shown to alter vegetative communities, allowing for the establishment and spread of invasive plant species.

“It has been estimated that a single wild pig can significantly disturb approximately 6.5 ft2 in just one minute.

“This large-scale soil disturbance can increase soil erosion rates and have detrimental effects to sensitive ecological areas and critical habitats for species of concern.”

The pigs also contribute fecal matter into water sources, which increases sedimentation and turbidity, alters pH levels and reduces oxygen levels, thus reducing the quality of water and degrading aquatic habitats.

The pigs are also capable of carrying and transmitting at least 30 bacterial, fungal and viral diseases which threaten humans, livestock and wildlife.

The feral pigs can also be quite dangerous.

CNN reported that while attacks are rare, a 59-year-old Texas woman was killed by a group of pigs outside a home.

Jefferson County Medical Examiner Selly Rivers determined the victim, Christine Rollins, was attacked by different pigs due to the various bite sizes on her body.

Texas Parks & Wildlife noted that lethal control measures are currently the only effective means of reducing the wild pig population. Popular methods of lethal control currently legal in the U.S. include trapping and dispatching, ground shooting and aerial gunning.

Aerial gunning is listed as a highly effective means of quickly reducing wild pig populations in areas with large expanses of sparse canopy cover, according to the website.

Whether you like hunting or not, the elimination of feral pigs by the aforementioned methods is legal and a necessity at times.

On PETA’s website, the organization touts the nice-sounding phrase, “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.”

However, is PETA being hypocritical in disparaging hunters while hiding behind its own controversial history?

Numerous groups have pointed out that PETA does indeed have a very unpleasant and dark side that goes against the image it is trying to convey.

For example, in 2017 The Washington Times reported shocking statistics on how many healthy animals PETA had euthanized:

“Last year, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals killed more than 1,400 cats and dogs at its Virginia headquarters — roughly 72 percent of the animals put in its care.

“Since 1998, PETA has euthanized more than 36,000 cats and dogs — nearly 86 percent of its animals. In one recent year, the animal rights group killed 1,911 out of the 1,992 cats and dogs it took in.

“According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA is unusually adept as a euthanasia shelter.

“The euthanization rate among all private animal shelters in Virginia was 10.1 percent in 2016. At PETA? The kill rate was 71.9 percent — more than seven times higher.”

The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) released an affidavit revealing shocking information about PETA as it faced a $9 million lawsuit for stealing and killing a man’s dog in Virginia:

“Virginia resident Wilbur Zarate sued PETA in 2015 after two employees stole his family Chihuahua, named Maya, from his porch and euthanized her within hours.

“Now, Heather Harper-Troje, who worked for PETA’s Community Animal Project, has filed an affidavit alleging the PETA program had a sickening obsession with death driven by PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk.”

Columnist Debra Saunders wrote an opinion piece critical of PETA and the radicalness of Newkirk:

“PETA always has been about killing animals. A 2003 New Yorker profile included PETA top dog Ingrid Newkirk‘s story of how she became involved in animal rights after a shelter put down stray kittens she brought there.

“So she went to work for an animal shelter in the 1970s, where, she explained, ‘I would go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just kill the animals myself. Because I couldn’t stand to let them go through (other workers abusing the animals.) I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day.’

“That’s right. PETA assails other parties for killing animals for food or research. Then it kills animals — but for really important reasons, such as running out of room.”

Saunders also noted:

“Newkirk also told the New Yorker the world would be a better place without people. She explained why she had herself sterilized: ‘I am opposed to having children. Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it’s nothing but vanity, human vanity.’

“Now you know. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals doesn’t really like people. PETA has no use for ethics. And PETA kills animals.”

HuffPost also wrote about PETA:

“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals — indeed their ‘ethical treatment.’ Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA’s front door every year and very few make it out alive.

“The vast majority — 96 percent in 2011 — exit the facility out the back door after they have been killed, when Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains.”

To point out PETA’s gaslighting efforts, HuffPost also included graphic photos of euthanized animals in its article, writing:

“Most animal lovers find this hard to believe. But seeing is believing. And if it is true that a picture speaks a thousand words, the following images speak volumes about who and what PETA really stands for.

The PETA headquarters is on the aptly named Front Street. While claiming to be an animal rights organization, PETA does not believe animals have a right to live.

“Instead, it believes that people have a right to kill them, as long as the killing is done ‘humanely,’ which PETA interprets to mean poisoning them with an overdose of barbiturates, even if the animals are not suffering.”

Maybe PETA should look in the mirror and figure out how to better save the lives of animals instead of killing them by the thousands as if it were a Planned Parenthood for living pets.

Maybe TikTok should focus on promoting videos that denounce China’s own horrendous abuses of both humans and animals instead of cancelling U.S. hunters for legally culling feral pigs.

Maybe it’s time to find new organizations and platforms that do not promote gaslighting or censorship.

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