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

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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.

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