STEPHENSVILLE, Wis. - St. Patrick's Parish hosted a "community event" on August 10, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of people were outraged after it was discovered that part of the event included illegal animal fighting. (Wisconsin Crimes Against Animals Chapter 951.08)
It turns out animals weren't the only ones being abused and mistreated. Children were encouraged to enter into a mud pit to "tackle" and "wrestle" grown pigs, which was full of contaminated swine urine and feces.
In addition, video footage of the event recently released depicted numerous minors consuming alcohol, while church officials and the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department did nothing but encourage such behavior.
Stephensville may be a small, closed community used to getting away with breaking the law, but the Global Conservation Group and SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness) recently partnered together to launch a public campaign and a lawsuit against the church and other parties involved.
The groups launched a new campaign website, where they say the public can become educated on the issue can take action by contacting church and law enforcement officials. The site is www.StPatricksAbuse.com.
The parish released a misleading statement on their website saying "It has been determined that there is no illegality associated with this event. St. Patrick Parish does not condone animal abuse."
A representative from the Global Conservation Group's Division of Legal Affairs said "We are currently in the process of initiating a lawsuit against those responsible for animal cruelty and child abuse and endangerment. It's very unfortunate that not for profit organizations have to remedy this issue in civil court, rather than authorities doing their job and bringing criminal charges. Let me be clear, if the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office refuses to bring charges, they can expect to be served in our lawsuit."