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Urgent: Ask Church to Ditch Cruelty to Animals

June 26, 2012
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UPDATE | July 3

Comment from Mr. Joey Lyons, one target of protest:

The scheduled pig scramble has been officially canceled. Thank you for your comments.

BACKGROUND

Social, intelligent, and loyal, pigs are highly sensitive animals who enjoy communicating with each other, making nests, and relaxing in the sun. But on Wednesday, July 4, the Bridge Foursquare Church in Christiansburg, Virginia, has scheduled a “Greased Pig Scramble” at its “Old Fashioned July Fourth Celebration.” Such events typically involve frantic groups of people chasing, grabbing at, and tackling terrified pigs in pens lined with screaming crowds. Being trucked to and fro and subjected to the violence and general chaos of these events is a horrific and hazardous ordeal for the pigs, who often sustain severe injuries such as broken limbs and backs. PETA has asked the church to replace this cruel activity with any number of humane alternatives, but to no avail. We need your help today!

Please politely urge the Bridge Foursquare Church to cancel the Greased Pig Scramble. And please, spread this alert far and wide!


WHOM TO CONTACT

Send polite comments to:

Email block

joey@thebridgeva.org , bsellers@thebridgeva.org

Individual

Joey Lyons
Youth/Associate Pastor
900 Life Dr.
Christiansburg, Virginia 24073
540-381-9766
joey@thebridgeva.org

Becky Sellers
Children’s Ministry Director
bsellers@thebridgeva.org
*Please note that this email has been blocked by the owner. Any emails sent to this email address will be bounced back. I have kept it in just for informational purposes.


SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Associate Pastor Lyons and Ministry Director Sellers,

I am disturbed to learn that on Wednesday, July 4, the Bridge Foursquare Church in Christiansburg, Virginia, has scheduled a “Greased Pig Scramble” at its “Old Fashioned July Fourth Celebration.” Such events typically involve frantic groups of people chasing, grabbing at, and tackling terrified pigs in pens lined with screaming crowds. Being trucked to and fro and subjected to the violence and general chaos of these events is a horrific and hazardous ordeal for the pigs, who often sustain severe injuries such as broken limbs and backs.

I am therefore respectfully urging you cancel this unjustified and cruel event. Pigs are marvelously intelligent and sentient creatures, capable of love, pain, thought, and suffering; when you subject pigs to such indecent treatments, you not only condemn them to fear and agony, but you also demean yourself and establish that you are unsympathetic.

Furthermore, when you actively engage in this type of cheap entertainment in front of children, and, in fact, have children actually participating in such, you are demonstrating that animal abuse and disrespect are socially-approved activities, and the link between animal and human abuse is represented. I therefore urge you to cease this exploitation and demonstrate that yours is a community cognizant of the importance of animal protection rather than animal abuse.

Thank you for taking the time to read this urgent request.

NAME


we hope you listen
and do not besmirch,
the gentle teachings
of your church,
this so called game
is cruel
and a bad lesson to
teach.
kindness to ALL
beings is what
you should teach

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


38 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2012 7:17 pm

    this is along the lines of “SnapperFest”!!!! Brain dead….wires disconnected!!!

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    • June 27, 2012 11:18 am

      I know! And I think Snapperfest is still going on this year. :(

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  2. margie54 permalink
    June 26, 2012 7:59 pm

    Glad I could help. I sent 2 seperate emails with my own polite words.

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  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    June 27, 2012 3:36 am

    we hope you listen
    and do not besmirch,
    the gentle teachings
    of your church,
    this so called game
    is cruel
    and a bad lesson to
    teach.
    kindness to ALL
    beings is what
    you should teach

    Like

  4. June 27, 2012 5:46 am

    Emails sent.

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  5. Jessica Britt permalink
    July 2, 2012 10:21 am

    I sent them both emails, but the emails were rejected and not sent.

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  6. July 2, 2012 12:54 pm

    Same here; I wrote out my own email and it got sent back to me “no such user here”. Perhaps they’re inundated and tired of hearing about it? Let’s hope it leads to a positive action on their part!

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    • July 2, 2012 3:10 pm

      That’s what I would guess – they are targeting our emails as spam, or they disabled their addresses intentionally so that they receive no more. Thanks for your help in any case.

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  7. Mack ARA Freeman permalink
    July 2, 2012 1:09 pm

    This church event is ungodlike and cowardice.

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  8. July 2, 2012 2:12 pm

    can you tell me where to click on this and send my signature for the petition. I am disgusted by these “pigs” harming that lovely intelligent animal!

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  9. July 2, 2012 2:13 pm

    nevermind, I found it. I guess I was too upset at that picture and looked right past it.

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  10. Mercedes De Windt permalink
    July 2, 2012 2:18 pm

    Allowing and continueing these acts proves that animals are more intelligent than humans. God gave us brains to think and a heart for compassion, please use them.

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  11. July 2, 2012 3:30 pm

    the exploitation of animals is no different that if you had two females scantily clad rolling around in the mud – exploitation is exploitation – it is wrong – God meant for us to take care of the animals, not use or abuse them for entertainment if that is what this is referred to as. Celebrate America’s freedom, focus on all of those who have fought so hard for it, have a great picnic and invite everyone far and wide, no matter their religious belief, dance all day and night and then shoot off fireworks… now that is the way to celebrate the 4th of July. I personally must work, but I am thankful to have a job. Be thankful for what God has given you, don’t abuse and exploit it.

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  12. Larry permalink
    July 2, 2012 3:32 pm

    where do you sign?

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  13. Janice permalink
    July 3, 2012 4:24 pm

    please stop selling fois gras!
    geese suffer quite horrid pain and cruelty…force feeding is just one part of it…there are much kinder foods…fois gras is chronically sick and wrong…..

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  14. Janice permalink
    July 3, 2012 4:26 pm

    CHURCH?????????
    This ain’t the action of a church!!!!! This needs to be stopped, wrong messages being sent. Animals are our brothers and sisters and should be treat as such. Amen to ALL GODS CREATURES

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  15. Joey Lyons permalink
    July 3, 2012 6:00 pm

    The scheduled pig scramble has been officially canceled. Thank you for your comments.

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    • July 3, 2012 8:13 pm

      Thank you so much, Mr. Lyons.

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      • July 4, 2012 2:02 am

        GREASE UP ONE OF THOSE BIG FAT BOYS AND EVERYONE TRY TO TACKLE HIM AT ONCE…… HE WOULD AT LEAST BE CONSENTING. THEY SEEM BACKWARDS ENOUGH TO PROBABLY THINK THAT WAS FUN. LET ONE OF THE TWO LEGGED PIGS BE THE OBJECT OF CONTENTION….YAHOO!!! SEE WHO CAN CATCH GREASED UP OLD JIMMY…HE WINS BLUE RIBBON EVERY YEAR!!! M
        IGHT START A TREND//RIDIN FOR MONEY. HEY A NEW OLYMPIC EVENT!!! BE CREATIVE, STOP USING INNOCENT ANIMALS FOR YOUR SICK DEMENTED PLEASURE.

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    • Eglantine permalink
      July 4, 2012 8:39 am

      Please don’t make games like that again.
      I sure hope it is really cancelled.

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  16. Stavriani permalink
    September 20, 2012 12:18 pm

    STOP ANY VANDALISM OF ANY ANIMAL….

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  17. Isandra Ortega permalink
    December 3, 2012 8:08 pm

    firme aquí! http://forcechange.com/25404/ask-to-church-to-stop-planned-pig-abuse/

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  18. May 17, 2013 10:25 am

    The bsellers-mailadress is not working I just noticed. But now I see you all have the same problem?

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    • May 17, 2013 11:50 am

      They disabled the addresses so they would receive no more protests. The event was cancelled, though. Thanks, Praktijk.

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      • May 17, 2013 12:55 pm

        Hello Stacey, thanks for your answer. And I’m glad they cancelled it. My name is Susan. Don’t know why my website ‘praktijk sentimo’ is showed here?? Maybe because it is made in WordPress?

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  19. Fay permalink
    June 28, 2013 11:50 am

    I Have signed the petitions and sent the emails. I really hope this can be stopped! People are so blind, how can anyone think this is okay or entertainment!?!

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  20. Fay permalink
    June 28, 2013 11:52 am

    Emails have come back as failed…

    I have still signed the petitions… I wish people would just stop being cruel to animals and each other.

    Lets have a world of peace NOT war!

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    • June 28, 2013 11:54 am

      They must have blocked their mails. They do that if they get too many protests and they don’t want anymore. Thanks for signing the petitions, though. Peace, not war. I completely agree.

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  21. mandy permalink
    September 18, 2013 3:32 pm

    This is absolutely horrific!!! Please realize they can feel all the stress and pain that a human would feel during a situation like this!!

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