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    there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

    Hi, I do not understand what she's trying to say... Wild hogs exist whether we pen up other pigs or not, don't they? Thank you.
    "Katrina ... refused to hunt on moral grounds. She was, she told Colin..., a vegetarian. “I think it’s right criminal,” Katrina said of hog hunting. “Although those pigs are sort of horrible. But there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat.” (Abundance of Katherines by John Green)

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    Re: there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

    Yes. Some people are ignorant.

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    Re: there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes. Some people are ignorant.
    Do you mean the heroine or the author?

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    Re: there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

    I meant this "Katrina." I guess it depends on the context. There are certainly wild hogs that exist separate from humans. Certainly in Europe.

    In the Americas, the animal was not native, but brought when the Europeans came.

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    Re: there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

    I believe wild boars, which exist in both Europe and Asia, are a distinct species from the domestic hogs that have gone feral in America. For one thing the wild species has tusks, which domestic swine lack. Also the wild boar is aggressive, attacking and killing people every year, while domestic swine are more docile. I once crossed paths with a wild boar while hiking in India. Fortunately he went about his business and paid me no heed.

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    Re: there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

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    I once crossed paths with a wild boar while hiking in India. Fortunately he went about his business and paid me no heed.
    Lucky you.

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    Re: there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    Hi, I do not understand what she's trying to say... Wild hogs exist whether we pen up other pigs or not, don't they? Thank you.
    Katrina is against hog hunting and she seems to think the wild hogs will become extinct if we continue the hunting. Really I wouldn't want to judge her. She might be right. I am all for hunting but excessive hunting can wreak havoc on any kind of animal's population.

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    Re: there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

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    ... she seems to think the wild hogs will become extinct if we continue the hunting. ...
    Does she? It is rather different: " there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat".

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    Re: there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

    What is your question exactly?

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    Re: there wouldn’t even be any wild hogs except we pen up so many pigs to eat

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    What is your question exactly?
    The same: is she trying to say (as it seems), that there is a connection between growing pigs for eating and the very existence of the wild hogs? If so, she is completely wrong, isn't she?

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