LWYM425 wrote: Yes, as much as is possible I try to utilize the meat resource. I do not eat them....but make every effort to contact persons who do. Sometimes (as with this group) we fall into a situation where everyone already has a "freezer full". Hogs in this type of heat...must be processed immediately and the meat cooled quickly lest it spoil. This being a weekday (and early morning)...I just could not find any of my "regulars" to come out and take them. No, Texas Law forbids it. In fact, the TAHC does not even allow the transportation of "live" hogs anywhere except a regulated holding facility (registered commercial buyer) unless each hog has first been tested for Brucellosis and Pseudo-Rabies by a veterinarian. So, my options are: 1. Kill the hogs...and do with the meat what I wish (it can not be sold to individuals or commercially). 2. Transport to a TAHC approved holding facility (sell them) 3. Have a Vet come out and "test" each animal...after which I could transport them...or allow another person to take them to another spot for processing or to be fed out. Absolutely, however the local (20 miles away) homeless shelter only accepts "packaged" meats, so they are not a viable recipient for me. I understand your position and share your concerns. I would point out however that "waste" in this instance must be carefully defined as: Not used to the best advantage. Although I would like to see the meat resource go to a human (and needy) cause, the reality of it is: That is not always possible. Remember, I am one person on one piece of property...trying to thin out a population. There are hundreds more land owners...doing the same thing. No one is Nacogdoches County Texas is going hungry for lack of hog meat. It is ecologically sound to "recycle" some amount of the hogs. I have only hastened what nature had planned for them anyway. But your concern for being a good steward of the animals and the meat resource is not lost on me and I assure you...we do all that we can to see it goes to good use when possible. No, in fact... they are not indigenous, not a game animal (in Texas) and probably number close to 3 million in this State. In Texas, it is estimated they do about 54 million dollars worth of damage annually to crops, land, etc... (I believe that estimate to be conservative). If you live in Texas and don't yet have hogs....count yourself lucky (they're coming).