Target: Harrison County Fair Board Member, Doug Henricksen
Goal: Stop treating pigs cruelly at county fair for the sake of entertainment.
A county fair is letting people frighten pigs and chase them in an arena until they wrestle them to the ground, all for the crowd’s entertainment. Demand that the fair’s board members put an end to this inhumane entertainment immediately.
This summer’s county fair in Harrison County, Indiana is planning on letting this cruel treatment of pigs continue despite the opposition it faced during a recent board meeting. Pig wrestling involves setting a frightened pig into a large arena with a crowd watching as a team of four chase the pig and wrestle the pig into submission so that it touches a rubber tire.
This is primarily a 4-H fair, which helps youth engage in raising livestock properly—pig wrestling is not what we should be promoting at this fair. Teaching youths that it is okay to treat pigs and other animals with such cruelty should be frowned upon. Instead, members of 4-H and everyone who attends the county fair need to learn how to treat animals with respect and care.
Pastor James Higdon made the case for this animal cruelty when he asked how people would feel if it were their pets out in the arena. “Would you like your dog out there participating in this? Would you like to have your cat out there participating in this? And if the answer is, of course, no then we shouldn’t be doing this to pigs either,” said Higdon.
We need to treat all animals, livestock included, with love and respect. Please sign the petition below to urge Mr. Henricksen of the Harrison County Fair Board to stop this cruel practice.
Dear Mr. Henricksen,
This summer, the Harrison County Fair is planning to allow pig wrestling to occur as a form of entertainment. This is wrong and is a form of animal cruelty.
As you are well aware, pig wrestling involves letting a frightened pig loose in an arena with a large crowd watching as a team of four chase and subdue the pig so that it touches a rubber tire. Is this form of entertainment truly necessary for the livelihood of the Harrison County Fair?
This fair is primarily a 4-H fair, where children are taught the importance of raising livestock properly and treating them with respect. Pig wrestling is a poor choice of entertainment and it only promotes treating animals with cruelty. How would you feel if this were your dog or cat set loose in an arena and terrified out of its mind?
Please stop this cruel practice and find a more humane way to entertain the people of Harrison County.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Montgomery County Planning Commission