Cancel the Dundas, PEI Pig Scramble
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Stop the pig scramble in, Dundas PEI scheduled to take place at the PEI Plowing Match and Agricultural Fair August 25 - 27, 2017.
I have a hard time understanding why people are still continuing with this type of event. Animals are not here to entertain us or be chased by kids. The co-president, Gordon Jackson states the kids dont touch them or they just use bags to herd them? The point is, it is still traumatizing to the poor pigs. Imagine having a group of kids running around behind you and in front of you with plastic bags. What is the purpose of this event? Exactly there is no purpose!
Dundas, PEI even considering the pig scramble makes a very negative impression of your town. A pig scramble will not bring you revenue. It will make your town lose money. When you mention Dundas PEI people will not think of the nice town they will think of the town that supports animal cruelty. Pigs are not here to entertain us. Cancel the pig scramble. Let them be in there own environment. They don't deserve the stress of being chased by kids or the travel.
A pig scramble involves kids — in the case of the Dundas Plowing Match, up to age eight — in a pen with pigs.
The children try to corral the pigs. The kids use plastic bags to try to guide the pigs.
What are we saying to kids when we allow them to chase pigs. Oh sorry I believe it says walking behind and in front of with plastic bags. Really you don't think a group of 8 year kids will chase or try to catch the pigs. They try to catch butterflies.
Using animals as entertainment is cruel and unethical. There is no need for it.
As a society we should be discouraging kids from hurting and chasing animals.
Local farmer opposed
P.E.I. pig farmer Ranald MacFarlane said he doesn't support pig scrambles, and he was surprised to hear they still exist on the Island.
He said he took part as a kid, but that times have changed and he doesn't see a place for them anymore.
The Dundas Plowing Match scrambles involve no contact as children use plastic bags to corral the pigs. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC)
"To take pigs out of their element, to transport them in a trailer and traumatize them and put them in a rink or a pen or whatever and turn a bunch of crazy kids loose on them. No, I don't agree with that," said MacFarlane.
MacFarlane said he has no problem with kids and pigs interacting, but he said that should happen in the pig's own environment, and they shouldn't be subjected to being transported if it's not necessary.
This pig scramble needs cancelled. Please show your support and tell the council members to vote it out for good.
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