STEPHANSVILLE, Wis. - Despite international criticism, St. Patrick's Parish say they will not cancel plans to host a pig wrestling contest, which animal rights activists are calling cruel.
An online petition that has nearly 60,000 signatures claims "pigs are punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket." The campaign to stop this event has been published on USA Today, The Huffington Post and local NBC, ABC, and FOX news outlets around the country causing hundreds of thousands of people to take action.
In addition, celebrities like Shirely Manson and Bif Naked have spoken out. Manson issued a statement condemning the event “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.”
On Thursday, the Global Conservation Group's Division of Legal Affairs say they notified the church of their intention of filing a lawsuit in Outagamie County Court if the pig fighting contest is not called off. As of 6:00pm on Saturday, the event is scheduled to take place as planned.
The group says the event poses serious child endangerment and animal endangerment risks and should be canceled. St. Patrick's Parish is requiring all participants to sign a waiver that admits to serious risk of injury, including death. The animal advocacy group also alleges the event violates state animal fighting laws, citing Wisconsin Crimes Against Animals Chapter 951.08.
The lawsuit will ask the court to award the Global Conservation Group $55,000 per minor and per pig involved in the activity. After which, the money will be donated to farm sanctuaries.
The Global Conservation Group is also organizing a peaceful protest to take place during the event. Protest organizers say "All materials will be supplied. Please remain respectful and stay on public property (sidewalk by the church) through the duration of this peaceful demonstration."
Those interested in attending can visit the event page on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1452861478312846/