Animal Rights Activists Protest Pig Rassle - WBAY

Animal Rights Activists Protest Pig Rassle

Stephensville -  Hundreds of people waited in line Sunday to see the St. Patrick's Parish Annual Pig Rassle.

"It's kinda funny to watch people try to run around, get muddy, and catch a running pig," said Elizabeth Pulinski, who was watching the Pig Rassle.

The stands were packed. People cheering as they watched their friends and family try to catch and lift the pig to touch a barrel. 

In its 44th year, the event caught the eye of a new group of people. 

As crowds filled the stands watching the pig rassle, animal rights activists from across the country protested outside.

"It really was just something I didn't know existed. I can't imagine this is fun or entertainment for people," said Kim Socha, a protestor from Minneapolis.

More that 60,000 people worldwide signed an online petition asking the church to cancel the event.

Despite protestors, those watching the event support it.

"If I thought we were harming them in any way, shape or form, I would absolutely not be participating in this," Amanda Schroth, who has participated in the event several times, said.

"I've never heard of pigs being injured," said Tara Everts as she cheered on her daughter who was in the ring with a pig.

"It's harmless but you get a little dirty, get a little muddy, get sprayed off by a hose," said Schroth.

"I hope this is a tradition that ends someday just like other awful traditions in human history," Socha said.
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