« Discussion Topic: Does Your Boat Need a Bassroom? | Main | Bobcat-Battling Senior Turns Down Leno »

June 04, 2007

This page has been moved to http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/field-notes

If your browser doesn’t redirect you to the new location, please visit The Field Notes at its new location: www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/field-notes.

Breaking News: Monster Pig’s Real Name Was Fred

The internationally reported story of Jamison Stone’s 1,051-pound “Monster Pig” has been met with more than a half-ton of skepticism. Last month, when we posted a link to the original website reporting the kill (monsterpig.com), your responses poured in.

Some of you were believers:
--Nice pig, 
all you idiots out there who are jealous, shutup!!!!!

--I bet you unbelieving jack----- think there is a shooter on the grassy knoll and that there really is a UFO in the World Trade Center photos. God you people are morons.

Most of you figured the now-famous, hero-shot photo was doctored.
--Either that kid is 3 feet tall and weighs 45lbs, or the picture is doctored. I have bulls in my pasture that wont make a boy look that little.

And lo and behold, many of you suspected was has now turned out to be the truth:
--People are feeding these domestic hogs out and killing them and all of you are acting like it is a trophy. . . . I grew up on a hog farm in Alabama, I have seen wild and domestic hogs; hogs don’t get that big in the wild. Bottom line: I am not taking away from the kids kill, but it is not a “wild” hog. Sorry.

--Feral pigs don't get that big. That pig may have "escaped" from a farm, but probably only recently.

Late last Thursday, one Rhonda Blissitt called The Anniston Star newsroom. “I didn't want to stir up anything,” she said. “I just wanted the truth to be told. That wasn't a wild pig.” In fact, it was her pet, Fred, given to her by her husband as a Christmas present in 2004 and sold to the Lost Creek Plantation four days before Stone killed it.

“If it went down in the record book, it would be deceiving” Blissitt told the Star, “and we'd know that for the rest of our lives.”

According to Mike Stone, Jamison’s father, they were told it was a feral hog, and hunted it under that assumption. Check out the full story here.


what hapened


May 3, 2008

In January, a Clay County grand jury was to decide if the Monster Pig hunters committed animal cruelty. The public never heard that the District Attorney who was to prosecute the case suddenly canceled .

Now in April, another surprise. National Geographic UK film crew is in Alabama filming "Anatomy of a Hoax" about the monster hog killing. With all the unexpected twists and turns in this case, what else should the public know? Fred the pig may be dead but the consequences of his killing continue.

This monster pig case is not about hunting or hunters in general. It is isolated to the actions of only 3 men. The laws should have been able to deal with these three men, yet has not.

Hunters' silence regarding this incident may appear to the public, who are mostly non hunters, as condoning the manner in which Fred was slaughtered.

With enforcement, the issue goes away. It then becomes only 3 men that did this wrong---not an entire hunting culture.

For all of the above reasons, I believe hunters should lead the charge on recommending enforcement and defining right from wrong.

Another way of thinking about this case is its ability to educate the public about what ethical hunting traditions are about.

I would have never taken my son out to kill his first deer without my firm belief in the healthy and wholesome values such an experience brings to a young man or woman in one's charge.

These men have twisted this fine tradition into something unreal,ugly and pornographic. I personally will not stand for this case to represent --or hijack--the traditions I have endorsed, personally
participated in and exposed my children to." Rhonda Roland Shearer, StinkyJournalism.com

For the rest of the story check out:
Alabama's Monster Pig Hoax, One Year Later

Also published simultaneously on ESPN.com

Our Blogs