PIONEER VALLEY pig hunter Paul McFarlane is outraged by what he says was the misrepresentation of a charity event by the ABC's 7.30.
On Tuesday night, the current affairs show featured images and interviews from Pinnacle's pig-hunting 'Dog a Hog' competition, followed by video sourced from Youtube showing appalling images of people using dogs to maul and attack pigs in cages.
Mr McFarlane said the show failed to make a distinction between the activities of responsible, humane pig hunters at Pinnacle and the inhumane hunting practised by a minority.
"I was just really disappointed," Mr McFarlane said.
"(The event) was a very positive day for the area, we raised $5500 for the school, but there was no mention of that.
"Overall, the footage of our day was okay.
"But the footage they dug up on Youtube, I don't condone it in any way, they tied it in with our event."
Mr McFarlane said the Youtube footage shown on 7.30 would make any responsible pig hunter sick.
"We're ethical about it, when we get to a pig we dispose of it straight away.
"What those fellas (on Youtube) are doing, I don't agree with it, and no one I know does."
Ron Meng, known to his mates as 'Mengie', has been hunting pigs for almost 50 years. He said he was concerned the show would encourage inexperienced pig hunters from the city to come to the Pioneer Valley.
"It can be a very expensive weekend and this is why a lot of the young (pig hunters), we call them grubs, start thieving from the various property people, to get back on what they've lost on the weekend," Mr Meng said.
"You no longer can leave a 40-kilo drum of diesel outside or it'll get stolen. Forty years ago most farmers and graziers wouldn't lock up their house."
Mackay vet David Lemmon said that on a personal level he found any cruelty to animals abhorrent.
However, he said the pig hunters he had encountered in Mackay tended to be responsible people.
"The dogs are well looked after, and certainly the clients I see... if their dog's sustained an injury it's brought to us and looked after," Mr Lemmon said.
"What a professional will do, the pig will get caught and it will be humanely dispatched."
The 7.30 journalists did not respond to the Mercury's requests for an interview.
WHAT IS PIGGING
'Pigging' can mean using guns, traps and dogs to catch and kill feral pigs.
Conservative estimates put the damage feral pigs cause to Queensland's agriculture sector at about $100 million annually.
Feral pigs also spread diseases and compete with native animals.
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