Target: Joey Lyons, Associate Pastor of Bridge Foursquare Church
Goal: Replace the Greased Pig Scramble with a more humane activity that doesn’t harm animals.
The Bridge Foursquare Church in Christiansburg, Virginia, has scheduled a “Greased Pig Scramble” for their “Old-Fashioned” Fourth Of July celebration. This Scramble will consist of large groups of people chasing, grabbing at, leaping on top of, and tackling pigs in pens. There will be a lot of noise, a lot of people, and the pigs will be terrified. Worse still, they will be crammed into trucks to get to and from the venue. These types of events often result in injuries for the pigs, such as broken limbs, and even broken backs.
Pigs are highly intelligent, social animals, who are not used to screaming crowds or being chased. They can be trained, are often kept as pets, and are very loyal creatures. To subject them to being chased and tackled, ultimately resulting in injuries, is cruelty to the highest degree.
Sign the petition below, and ask the Bridge Foursquare Church to cancel their Greased Pig Scramble, and find a more humane way to celebrate Fourth of July. There are many other ways to have an old-fashioned celebration, and no pigs or any other animals need be harmed in order to have a good time. Stand up for the humane treatment of pigs.
Pigs are highly intelligent, social, and loyal animals. Your church’s planned Fourth of July celebration that includes a Greased Pig Scramble is cruel and unfitting treatment for such a creature. Pigs often sustain broken limbs and backs from activities such as your Greased Pig Scramble, and it’s inhumane to subject them to such injuries.
I am asking you to find another more humane activity for your Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration. There are plenty of ways you can celebrate the Fourth: potato sack races, pie-eating competitions, old-fashioned brass bands. None of these activities put animals at the risk of injury or cruel treatment.
Please cancel your Greased Pig Scramble, and replace that inhumane activity with something that puts harm to neither man nor beast.
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