Pig Wrestling Went on as Planned, Despite Outcry from Veg Community
Breaking news: Yesterday, at the Whitley County 4H Fair, the widely-criticized pig wrestling event went ahead as scheduled. The event had caught the eye of many animal rights groups and online forums and even sparked an online petition on change.org urging fair organizers to remove this event from the fair’s lineup. Although the petition received over 23,000 signatures, the event was not cancelled, and last night pigs were made to “wrestle” humans for entertainment.
In their final message to supporters on the online petition, the organizers sadly lamented:
It is beyond comprehension that none of these people see this as animal abuse. Ordinance number 90.03 E specifically prohibits combat between humans and animals. The Mayor and City Council are responsible for allowing animal abuse to happen in this county.
The President of the 4H chapter responsible for the event, Jeff Geiger, argued that they “know what [they’re] doing” and that the spectacle didn’t hurt the pigs or the children, who wrestle the pigs in 3-4 person teams. Nevertheless, the underlying concept of the “sport” is troubling: children as young as 9 years old band together to try to physically force another living creature to do something against its will.
A very telling stat was reported by WANE News: that this pig wrestling event brings in as much as $12,000 for the Whitley County 4H club, which might explain why Geiger and his colleagues are so eager to see it go ahead unimpeded.
Original article: http://wane.com/2015/07/21/pig-wrestling-takes-place-under-small-protest/
Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Greased_pig_contest.jpg