St. Patrick's Parish
N3686 State Rd 76
Hortonville, WI 54944
Dear Deacon Ken Bilgrien,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Global Conservation Group and our members regarding your previous “pig wrestle” fundraiser.
While it's obvious that we disagree on the merits of cruelty involved in this event, I am hoping that we can move forward and work together in the future. The Global Conservation Group has a fantastic fund-raising department and they would be more than happy to volunteer their services on behalf of St. Patrick's Parish. Furthermore, we heard that your church needs repairs, so we would like to contribute $3,000 to help out.
We only ask that you leave pigs out of any future events or fundraisers by your church. Pigs are smart, gentle, sentient beings. They have the same ability to feel pain, emotions and the desire to live. In fact, pigs are more intelligent than dogs and three year old humans.
Now we're not asking anyone to go vegetarian (although, that's always a wise idea too), but all we want is to work together with you to come up with a more humane option; one that doesn't involve using animals.
I understand the importance of tradition. Tradition is what keeps a community together, as you have so clearly demonstrated over the past few weeks. However, over time, traditions can evolve or change. New traditions can also be started.
In Genesis 1:26 God gave us dominion over animals, which means they're our responsibility. It's our job to ensure no stress, pain or harm is caused to them.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Jordan W. Turner
Global Conservation Group, Inc.