Police will monitor Pig Rassle as thousands sign petition for ca - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Police will monitor Pig Rassle as thousands sign petition for cancellation of event

Posted: Updated:

STEPHENSVILLE (WKOW) -- Wisconsin police say they will monitor a church's pig wrestling event after thousands of people expressed concern for animal rights.

Outagamie County Sheriff's Department officials say they do not expect a large protest at this Sunday's event, but deputies will step in if needed.

They also say the event, hosted by St. Patrick Parish is not illegal.

More than 42,000 people have signed an online petition for the cancellation of the "Pig Rassle" in Stephensville. The petition was posted by an animal rights group based out of Watertown.

The group claims the pigs are mistreated and the event qualifies as illegal animal fighting.

A deacon at St. Patrick's says the pigs are cared for and an animal has never suffered an injury at their event.

View the online petition here.

  • Do you think a pig "rassle" is animal cruelty?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    124 votes
    153 votes
  • Join the Conversation on Facebook
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WKOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Anna Engelhart at 608-661-2767. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.