Wood Co Fair Catch a Pig Contest Must Go!

  • by: Monica Lynn
  • recipient: Wood County Fair Sponsors, Wood County Fair Board, Ohio Dept of Agriculture

Despite public outcry demanding the Catch a Pig Contest be canceled last year, the fair board held the event at the Wood County Fair in Bowling Green, Ohio this past August 8, 2016. Photographs clearly captured the cruel and inhumane treatment meted out to the pigs. 

Clearly, the fair board will not or simply cannot ensure the pigs will be treated humanely. For this reason, the Catch a Pig Contest must go. We are calling on the end of this 50 year inhumane tradition.

Respected Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Dr. Nedim Buyukmihci, commented specifically on the photographs provided in this petition. "In images I reviewed, it was evident that piglets were roughly handled, had their weight supported by being suspended by their hind legs and were swung in the air...Being suspended by their hind legs made the pigs subject to injury, particularly damage to ligaments and tendons or even dislocation of joints. ...At the very least...there would have been considerable stress, distress, or pain. In summary, there is no question that this type of treatment of animals is cruel and inhumane."

In addition, the Wood County Humane Society's Board of Directors also wrote the Wood Co Fair Board asking that this event be canceled. 

Despite all of this, the Wood County Fair Board has turned a deaf ear to experts who have deemed this event as cruel and inhumane and have refused to cancel the event for this August.

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Cruel Wood Co Fair Catch a Pig Contest Must Go!

Despite receiving a petition of over 3,400 signatures demanding the Catch a Pig Contest be canceled, the fair board held the event at the Wood County Fair in Bowling Green, Ohio this past Monday August 8, 2016. Photographs clearly captured the cruel and inhumane treatment meted out to the pigs. This, despite the chairman of the event's promises to the local newspaper “to make the pigs as comfortable as possible.” 

Clearly, the fair board will not or simply cannot ensure the pigs will be treated humanely. For this reason, the Catch a Pig Contest must go! We residents of Ohio are calling on the end of this 50 year barbaric tradition. We can do better and demand better for both the children and animals of Wood County.


Respected Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Dr. Nedim Buyukmihci, commented specifically on the photographs provided in this petition. "In images I reviewed, it was evident that piglets were roughly handled, had their weight supported by being suspended by their hind legs and were swung in the air...Being suspended by their hind legs made the pigs subject to injury, particularly damage to ligaments and tendons or even dislocation of joints. ...At the very least...there would have been considerable stress, distress, or pain. In summary, there is no question that this type of treatment of animals is cruel and inhumane."


In addition, the Wood County Humane Society's Board of Directors also wrote the Wood Co Fair Board asking that this event be canceled. 

For this reason we are demanding that the Wood Co Fair permanently cancel the Catch a Pig Contest and replace it with an event where all the participants are willing and enjoying themselves.


Update #12 years ago
The Ohio SPCA has seen these photographs and is getting involved! Keep up the good work! Be a voice for these animals by continuing to share this petition on your social media pages and with friends and family via email. Thank you for caring!
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