The DeKalb County Young Farmers and Ranchers youth and young adult club have plans to host a fundraiser on July 12, 2013 to raise money for the DeKalb County High School in Smithville, Tennessee.
Sounds like a nice idea, right? But their idea of a fundraiser includes stabbing frogs to death with pitch forks and spears! This will result in bleeding out or succumbing to shock or organ failure, these vulnerable animals experience a slow, agonizing death. Unlike mammals, frogs and other coldblooded animals have a slow metabolism which significantly slows down death when injured, causing the animals to suffer for longer periods of time.
The Global Conservation Group's Legal Division is poised to file a lawsuit in DeKalb County Tennessee Court against the group and the Farm Bureau if they go ahead with the frog gigging on July 12, 2013.
This fundraiser violates the law in four sections:
1. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency website, Public Hunting, Miscellaneous Page, Section D “No person may deface, damage, or destroy plants, dirt or gravel.” This fundraiser will undoubtedly violate that law.
2. There are 21 species of frogs and toads in the State of Tennessee making it difficult for participants to differentiate between the species they are allowed to kill and the species they are not allowed to kill.
3. According to Tennessee Hunting Regulations, no person may be in possession of live wild animals. However, because frogs and other coldblooded animals have slow metabolisms, they die slowly when injured or “gigged” making it very likely that hunters will be in possession of live frogs during this event.
4. According to Tennessee's Offenses Against Animals Statutes: § 39-14-202 Cruelty to animals: "A person commits an offense who intentionally or knowingly tortures an animal." Obviously participants realize that pain or torture is inflicted on these frogs when they stab them.