Demand an End to Indiana County Fair's Cruel Pig Wrestling Contest

  • by: Laura G
  • recipient: Kosciusko County Community Fair Board of Directors; Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel H. Hampton

Many county fairs across the United States no longer feature events that are inhumane to animals – but not the Kosciusko County Community Fair in Indiana. This year it debuted its first-ever pig wrestling contest.

Audience members paid $5 to loudly cheer as they watched 14 four-person teams chase down a pig in a muddy pit, carry the terrified animal to the top of a tire and then set him back down in the mud.

Sign the petition if you want the Kosciusko County Community Fair to end this cruel contest.

The pig farmer who refereed the competition warned contestants they'd be disqualified if they grabbed the pig by his ears, tail or legs. He said he would blow an air horn if he felt a pig was in danger. But apparently the referee didn't think the pigs' distressed squeals that can be heard in videos of the event indicated they were in danger.

Two years ago, organizers of the Allen County Fair in Indiana cancelled a planned pig wrestling contest when they were warned by the county's prosecuting attorney that it could be in violation of the state's animal cruelty statute. If the Kosciusko County Community Fair organizers decide to hold another pig wrestling contest this year, they should get a similar warning from the Kosciusko County prosecutor.

Pigs are emotionally complex, very intelligent animals that should not be tormented for human entertainment.

Please sign and share this petition urging the board of directors of the Kosciusko County Community Fair and the Kosciusko County prosecuting attorney to ensure the fair's first-ever pig wrestling contest was also its last-ever pig wrestling contest.

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