STEPHENSVILLE, Wis. - St. Patrick's Parish in Hortonville, Wisconsin plan to host an event on Saturday, August 9 in which pigs are punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket.
This illegal animal fighting event is in violation of Wisconsin Chapter 951, titled "Crimes Against Animals", which outlaws cockfighting, dogfighting, and any other similar fighting between animals or animals and humans.
In addition, being a spectator of such an event is also in violation of Chapter 951. Those prosecuted could face felony animal fighting charges.
Wrestling, as a sport, is contested by two human opponents, evenly matched, each of whom enters into the match voluntarily with mutually agreed-upon rules and a common goal. Not so in “matches” like pig wrestling, where frightened animals are unwilling participants exploited by teams of humans for entertainment. Pigs are exceptionally intelligent and capable of feeling complex emotion. They are affectionate and friendly when kept as pets, and do not deserve the stress, fear, and possibility of injury that pig wrestling subjects them to.
The Global Conservation Group's Division of Legal Affairs have filed reports with local, state and federal agencies alerting them to this illegal event.
Join the Global Conservation Group in calling on the church to cancel this event and replace it with a humane alternative activity. Please sign and share the petition and politely call them below:
Deacon Ken Bilgrien: 920-779-5960
CLICK HERE to sign and share the petition urging the church to cancel the event.
BREAKING: Celebrity Shirley Manson joined our campaign to call on St. Patrick's Church to cancel plans to abuse animals this weekend. “Wisconsin has a special place in my heart since my band Garbage got its start there. We are better than this unnecessary and abusive activity. Please cancel the Roundup Pig Rassle immediately and permanently.”
2nd celebrity to join our campaign! Thank you Bif Naked! "This is an extremely cruel event and these animals have no voice. Only us."
NBC 26: http://www.jrn.com/nbc26/news/Pig-Wrestling-Debate-in-Town-of-Stephensvi...
Fox 11: http://fox11online.com/2014/08/07/controversy-grows-over-parishs-pig-wre...
Post Crescent: http://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/local/2014/08/07/churchs-pig-wres...
Green Bay News: http://www.wearegreenbay.com/1fulltext-news/d/story/animal-advocates-tar...
Fox 6: http://fox6now.com/2014/08/07/we-think-the-pigs-enjoy-it-animal-activist...
UPDATE 8/6/2014 - A release and waiver obtained by Examiner.com from St. Patrick's Parish admits serious risk of injury to people saying "There is an inherent risk of injury when choosing to participate."
UPDATE 8/7/2014 - JUST UNCOVERED - After St. Patrick's Church "pig wrestle" event is over, all animals will be killed.
UPDATE 8/8/2014 - Global Conservation Group just announced protest plans: https://www.facebook.com/events/1452861478312846/
UPDATE 8/9/2014 - Just in, the Global Conservation Group announces lawsuit against church - http://www.examiner.com/article/group-announces-lawsuit-against-abusive-...
UPDATE: 8/9/2014 - Event went on as planned. 37 animals abused, killed. http://www.examiner.com/article/church-hosts-pig-fight-protest-ensues