Church's pig wrestling event goes on despite protests

Monday, August 11, 2014

STEPHENSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A church in Outagamie County didn't let protests of animal cruelty stop its annual pig wrestling fundraiser.

St. Patrick Parish in Stephensville says the Pig Wrassle has been its tradition for 44 years and is a big draw for its fundraising picnic.

Spectators in the stands cheered as participants chased a pig around a muddy pen at the picnic Sunday. Dozens of demonstrators stood nearby in protest.

Jordan Turner is president of Global Conservation, an animal rights group from Milwaukee. Turner says tradition is no excuse for animal cruelty. He says the group's online petition generated 60,000 signatures in protest of the event.

WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1ri3vxF ) says the event usually brings in about $3,000 for the parish, which has no plans to cancel the event again next year.

Copyright Associated Press 2014

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Friday, August 8, 2014

STEPHENSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin deputies say they will monitor a church's pig wrestling event after tens of thousands of people expressed concern for animal rights.

Capt. Mike Jobe of the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department says he doesn't expect a large protest at the event Sunday, but deputies will step in if needed. He says the long-standing event hosted by St. Patrick Parish is not illegal.

Post-Crescent Media reported (http://post.cr/1vhvFz4 ) Friday that more than 42,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the cancellation of the Pig Rassle in Stephensville.

The petition was posted by an animal advocacy organization in Watertown. It says the pigs are mistreated and the event qualifies as illegal animal fighting.

A deacon at St. Patrick says the parish doesn't condone animal abuse.

Copyright Associated Press 2014


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