One year after the much publicized end to the St. Patrick Parish’s “Pig Rasslin” spectacle in Stephensville, Wisconsin, we are asking the Stoughton Fair to cancel its pig wrestling event this summer.
Please join us by signing our petition against this event and contacting the people listed at the bottom of the petition.
We have also contacted Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and Chief of Police Greg Leck of Stoughton to make them aware of this illegal event in their jurisdiction.
Pig Wrestling violates Wisconsin state statue 951.02 Mistreating animals. No person may treat any animal, whether belonging to the person or another, in a cruel manner. “Cruel” means causing unnecessary and excessive pain or suffering or unjustifiable injury or death.
During a pig wrestling event four-person teams consisting of men, women, and/or children will chase a pig around a small muddy pit and try to stuff her into a barrel or force her into a small platform before their time runs out. Video coverage of such events in Wisconsin demonstrate pigs being manhandled and struggling desperately to get away.
Pig Wrestling is a tradition whose time has come and gone. Animals are mistreated during these events and adults have a responsibility to teach children the importance of empathy and compassion for all of Earth’s creatures.
For more information on pig wrestling: http://www.nopigwrestling.org