End the Pig Race
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I'm calling on the committee to once and for all end the cruel and frightening pig race, as in this day and age, this outdated and backward form of entertainment should be laid well and truly in the past.
Pigs are highly intelligent and sentient beings, with real fears. Forcing them to race in a crowd of baying people, is absurd and beyond cruel and is not 'Entertainment'. You can see the look of fear in the pigs every year and it's time to come into the 21st century and end this now. Arklow has shown it's progressive outlook toward ending animal abuse by supporting the ban on allowing any circus that uses exotic or wild animals from performing here, the pig race is not much removed from using animals for entertainment in an outdated and sinister way.
We as people should know better and not support any form of animal abuse and this is clearly cruel. Some of the public may think it's funny, but I guarantee those pigs don't think so. Surely another alternative can be sought for cheers and laughs for the public without resorting to animal cruelty? No matter what 'care and attention' the pigs get from their owners during their upbringing and on the day itself, it does not remove the fact that the pigs are forced to run among noise and on hard ground, that can only be very disorientating and fearful for them.
If you feel strongly, that pigs should not be raced at the Arklow Seabreeze Festival this year and from now on, please sign this petition and share it. I am sure that public opinion will end this outdated and cruel practice.
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