Demand Local Festival Eliminate Cruel Pig Scramble Event

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Target: Mark Jewell, President of German Valley, and Donna Smith, German Valley Days Organizer

Goal: Remove cruel pig scramble event from Illinois German Valley Days Festival

The village of German Valley, Illinois holds an annual German Valley Days Festival, celebrating the community. However, festival organizers have decided to hold a “pig scramble,” sometimes called “pig wrestling,” event as a part of the festivities, a cruel game that is torturous to the pigs involved. Typically during a pig scramble throngs of frantic people chase after pigs to grab them and put them in a barrel before a timer runs out. The pigs are often slathered with vegetable oil or another slippery substance to make them more difficult to catch. People grab and squeeze these frightened pigs, being chased by crowds of people in a confined arena with no escape, often being tackled, fallen on top of, or dropped by a contestant.

This cruel festival event often results in joint or other bodily injury for the pig, including broken limbs and backs, and is extremely emotionally traumatic and stressful for pigs, who often squeal in fear and pain. Pigs are extremely sensitive, intelligent, and social creatures who should not be subjected to such unnecessary cruelty and suffering. Pigs should be with their families, communicating with each other, making nests to sleep in comfort, and soaking up the sun, not being chased, tackled, and thrown like a football by senseless humans. Please demand that the organizers of the German Valley Day Festival cancel this event, for this year and every year of the festival to come, and instead replace it a humane activity, of which there are plenty to choose from.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mark Jewell and Donna Smith,

Please remove the pig scramble event from the German Valley Days Festival. This event is cruel and inhumane, and often results in body injury and emotional harm to the pigs involved in the event. They often squeal in terror and pain, and can be tackled or stepped on to the point of suffering. Many pigs who are subjected to such an event end up with a broken back or broken limbs.

Pigs are sensitive, intelligent, and social creatures who do not deserve to endure such suffering for a senseless festival game. There are numerous humane options for alternative festival games and events that would efficiently replace the pig scramble. Start a new tradition and replace the cruel pig scramble with a humane event at the German Valley Days Festival.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: US Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

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39 Comments

  1. mike rollo says:

    Just oes to show how stupid and low on the evolutionary scale rednecks are

  2. lynda wawryk says:

    This is beyond stupid. I just figure there has to be something wrong with people hurting or scaring animals Im not the judge on this one but when the time comes ther will be a Judge and Im sure He will remember how you treated his animals.

  3. marleen bakker says:

    who are the pigs now???stupid people,please stop hurting the animals for plesure

  4. stop now

  5. Think if thsi was youself this doen to–how can this be aloud-so much suffering caused on the pigs- what if this was yosurself this done to

  6. I also demand that the Albany county fair quit having pig wrestling as an event!

  7. Feel like a “Man” after wrestling with a pig who has no choice in the matter?
    How pathetic!
    Get a LIFE!!

  8. MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with humanbeings.

  9. Stop it

  10. Monsters should nt havé the right to live

  11. kay allan says:

    WELL I AM STUNNED AT THE STUPIDITY OF THESE PEOPLE, WHAT A SICK AND TWISTED THING TO DO, IT SHOULD BE THE OTHER WAY ROUND, WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THESE PEOPLE, WISH WE COULD JUST WIPE THEM ALL OF THE WORLD, AND MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL ANIMALS

  12. Rose Chludzinski says:

    ANIMAL ABUSE IS NOT ENTERTAINMENT!!! What are you teaching your children??? Lead by example-show compassion CANCEL THIS SICK EVENT!

  13. One word says it all: IGNORANCE

    SO glad I don’t live there!

  14. Are you guys all crazy? This is an event for CHILDREN, not adults, and only up to 10 years old. The pigs are not slathered in any kind of grease or oil, and in my 30 years of going to this event I have never seen one of them injured or fallen on top of causing them harm. The children are instructed to catch them by both back legs and then they are taken over to the farmer. At no point are they put in a barrel or treated inhumanely. The farmer himself is a bit rougher with them than the kids. It is a fun event for children who live in a rural farming community. For all the high and mighty activists who think this is some kind of cruel torture event you may want to come watch it for yourself. It is possibly done in an inhumane manner at some other festival or event, but not in German Valley.

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