Complaint lodged for "Hug a Pig" event in Wisconsin

TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) - A Madison-based animal rights group sent an urgent email to the Tomah Mayor and other agencies involved in the "Hug-a-Pig" contest, urging them to cancel the 2017 event.

Video footage of the 2016 event shows contestants chasing pigs, pulling on their legs, as well as tackling and rough handling of the frightened animals. In one segment, a pig shows signs of distress and is unable to pick herself up to leave the barrel, the Alliance stated in their press release.

Last year a brightly lit billboard, stating "Say NO to Hug-A-Pig at County Fair" was on display at the busy intersection of Hwy 12 and 21 in Tomah during the month of July to point out the unnecessary cruelty involved in the contest. A online petition gathered 100,000 signatures from around the world. Representatives from Alliance for Animals urged the Tomah City Council to cancel the event last year, but pleas fell on deaf ears, the Alliance said.

More video clips can be viewed here.

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