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Stop Pig Wrestling at Wild West Days in Viroqua, WI

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The Viroqua Wild West Days in Viroqua, Wisconsin is a beloved tradition in rural Wisconsin and is advertised as, "Where Old West Meets The New". The community comes together to enjoy old time barbers, reenactors, a wild west saloon, street performers, games for kids, and food vendors. Unfortunately, the fair is not fun for everyone. The infamous "Hog Wrestling" event is extremely inhumane and cruel to animals.  

This August 20, 2016 event entails three-person teams chasing a pig around a small muddy pit, ultimately trying to stuff her into a barrel before their time runs out. While the crowd cheers on with excitement, the terrified pigs struggle desperately to get away from the manhandling and assault they will endure if they are caught.

In June 2016 the Stoughton pig wrestling contest in Wisconsin was canceled partly because of a petition which was signed by over 10,000 people. And in Tomah, Wisconsin a local merchant promised NOT to sponsor a "Hug-A-Pig" event next year after a strong reaction from nearly 150,000 signers on a different petition. We are winning the battle against those who feel that bullying a pig is entertaining.

These events are common during fairs across the state and you can easily search videos of them online demonstrating that these animals are mistreated. This event must end. All animals have the right to be treated with dignity.

We are imploring the Viroqua Wild West Days, please cancel your planned pig wrestling contest.

According to a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, while these events seem harmless, they cause physical and emotional harm to the pig. They are considered “prey” animals and instinctively fear being chased by a predator. The pigs often urinate or defecate out of sheer terror while being chased and wrestled. Pigs are sensitive, loving creatures and they deserve to be treated with respect.

Join the Alliance for Animals and the Environment in calling on Viroqua Wild West Days to cancel this cruel event and replace it with a humane alternative activity. Please sign this petition and share it with others.

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