‘Hog apocalypse’ plan backed by Texas’ Miller on hold for now

Carol Von Canon, Feral Hogs
As you know, Travis Audubon does not support the use of Kaput as poison to control feral hogs because of the unintended effects on other wildlife. Now State District Judge Jan Soifer has temporarily halted State Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s “hog apocalypse” until further review can be made.

A Waco-area meat processor who won a first round against state Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s rule for a poison-driven “hog apocalypse” spent Monday getting lawmakers in Austin to carry legislation preventing future rules. Will Herring, owner of Wild Boar Meats, last week got a State District Judge Jan Soifer in Austin to temporarily halt Miller’s Feb. 21 rule allowing use of “Kaput Feral Hog Lure,” which uses a blood thinner known as warfarin and essentially causes the pigs to bleed to death.
 
Soifer’s order, issued Thursday, says the Texas Department of Agriculturedid not follow the Texas Administrative Procedures Act and agrees with Herring’s claim that allowing Kaput would cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to his business. It halts Miller’s order until March 30, when a hearing will be held. While Miller’s call for a “hog apocalypse” is supported by some of the many Texas farmers and ranchers who have been fighting a losing battle against the hogs, those who hunt and process the animals fear the bait will unleash a poison into the food chain. Herring said he processed some 5,000 wild hogs in February alone for use in pet food.
 
“We have not developed a way to test for it, nor have we developed a way to inactivate it,” Herring said. “If someone said, ‘Look, I only want to buy warfarin-free wild hog meat,’ we do not know a way that we could guarantee that. And that’s a problem to me.” Herring said he’d since secured Rep. Kyle Kacal, R-Bryan, as primary sponsor for legislation that would require study of chemicals before they are approved.

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