Shut Down Hog-Catching Event That Reportedly Traumatizes Pigs and Endangers Public Health

Target: Barret J. Klein, Commissioner for Texas Animal Health Commission

Goal: Shut down a nonprofit hog-catching fundraiser that reportedly puts both human and animal life in danger.

Feral pigs are reportedly chased, stuffed into a burlap sack, and dragged over the ground as part of an annual fundraiser established by the nonprofit Bandera Wranglers. This not only traumatizes the pigs, PETA states, but it also creates a public health risk when the participants are contaminated with the pigs’ blood. The Bandera Wrangles maintain that they encourage hand washing and are doing nothing wrong. Demand the immediate shut down of this event.

“The pigs used in this event are subjected to prolonged pain and distress that is inhumane and completely unnecessary,” stated Dr. Ingrid Taylor, a PETA veterinarian. The animal rights organization and others have protested the event and now, PETA is suing Bandera Wranglers claiming a public nuisance. Pigs have the ability to feel intense emotions, per PETA, and they huddle close to each other in their small metal cages next to the arena for comfort.  The event rules state that punching, kicking, and slamming or pulling on the ears or tails is not allowed. However, at least one pig reportedly sustained injury after slamming into a fence.

No animal should have to suffer for human enjoyment or sport. Sign below and demand that this event be shut down for the welfare of animals and the general public.


Dear Commissioner Klein,

Feral pigs are reportedly subjected to physical and emotional cruelty at Bandera Wranglers, a nonprofit fundraiser that includes hog-catching. In this event, children and teenagers reportedly chase feral pigs around an enclosure, capture them in burlap sacks, and then drag them across a line. Veterinarians have stated that such an event can cause considerable trauma for pigs, who are highly intelligent and emotional creatures.

PETA has brought a lawsuit against Bandera Wranglers, claiming the nonprofit is a public nuisance. However, something must be done now to prevent this alleged cruelty from continuing. I demand that you shut down this event once and for all.


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  1. Dear Commissioner Klein:
    Can you please stop and ban this ‘coward’ fundraiser event?
    This is the 21at Century where supposedly people should be ‘civilized’!
    It does not seem to me that the ‘author/creator’ of this event, ever learned the principles of morality or that he knows what ‘moral’ means at all! Students get accustomed to think that ‘cruelty’ to animals is normal!
    We trust in your good judgment!

    • Jackie Pflucker says:

      And don’t forget that
      Animal Cruelty Offenders Face Federal Fines and Imprisonment, that Animal cruelty is now officially banned across the United States, per President Trump’s signature on a federal document.

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