Hunter found guilty of abusing a feral pig after filming it being stabbed

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A man who filmed running over a wild pig before repeatedly stabbing it while trapped and squealing has been found guilty of animal abuse.

Jarod Benbow pleaded guilty to the charge in Christchurch District Court on Friday and was ordered to pay a $2,500 donation to the SPCA, $500 legal fees and $130 court costs.

Benbow appeared in court after the SPCA was made aware of a disturbing 16-second video shared on social media platform Snapchat, in which Benbow chases a wild pig through a pen at night.

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Benbow continues to film as the pig is chased along a fence before being run over by a hit-and-run.

The video then shows Benbow crouching over the screaming pig as its body is pinned under the front wheel of the vehicle, before making multiple stabbing attempts which pierced the skin but did not kill the animal at once.

When asked if he thought his actions were an acceptable method of hunting pigs, Benbow replied that the pig was a pest and damaged enclosures.

A veterinarian who viewed the video said the pig likely suffered broken bones and internal organ rupture from being hit by the vehicle, resulting in major distress and pain.

The vet also said the multiple stab wounds would also have caused the animal significant suffering until it died.

Jarod Benbow filmed himself running over a wild pig before stabbing it multiple times.

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Jarod Benbow filmed himself running over a wild pig before stabbing it multiple times.

SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen said the manner in which the pig was repeatedly crushed and stabbed was disgusting and inhumane.

“We need everyone to understand that all animals are sentient beings – that means they feel fear, pain and distress – and deliberately causing this is neither legal nor acceptable.”

Although it is not an offense under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 to hunt or kill a wild animal, it must be done humanely and in accordance with generally accepted practice, she warned.

This method of hunting and killing was far from that, and this type of mistreatment of animals, whether or not they are considered pests, will not be tolerated.

Midgen said the SPCA has noticed a growing trend of animal abuse being filmed and posted on social media.

“Such behavior is unacceptable and where the SPCA has evidence of a crime, prosecution will always be considered.”

The judge noted Benbow’s remorse, prior good character, and guilty plea before sentencing and discharging him.

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