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URGENT: Pigs Who Will Be Violently Exploited at Festival Need Your Voice

July 15, 2013
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BACKGROUND | SOURCE PETA

Social, intelligent, and loyal, pigs are highly sensitive animals who enjoy communicating with each other, making nests, and relaxing in the sun. But on July 20, the Empress Daze festival in the Canadian town of Empress, Alberta, has scheduled a “greased pig” contest, during which a young animal will be frantically chased, grabbed at, and tackled again and again in a pen lined with screaming crowds. Being trucked to and fro and subjected to the violence and general chaos of these events is a terrifying and hazardous ordeal for pigs, who often sustain severe injuries, such as broken limbs or backs. PETA has asked the festival’s organizer to replace the event with any number of humane alternatives, but to no avail. We need your help today!

Please urge Pat Donaldson, the organizer of the Empress Daze festival, to cancel the “greased pig” event. And please, spread this alert far and wide!


WHOM TO CONTACT

Call or send polite comments to:

Pat Donaldson
309 Centre St.
Empress, Alberta T0J 1E0
403-565-0009
pat@empressive.ca

 


SAMPLE LETTER

To Whom It Concerns,

I am disturbed to learn of your greased pig contest and am 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 towards animal concerns.

Indeed, a young animal will be frantically chased, grabbed at, and tackled again and again in a pen lined with screaming crowds. Being trucked to and fro and subjected to the violence and general chaos of these events is a terrifying and hazardous ordeal for pigs, who often sustain severe injuries, such as broken limbs or backs.

Please consider humane alternatives instead.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this urgent appeal.


help they are chasing me
to and fro.
they grab they squeeze
please let me go.

signed,
the pigs
pigs may be pigs, but man is the swine!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


42 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    July 15, 2013 11:22 am

    help they are chasing me
    to and fro.
    they grab they squeeze
    please let me go.

    signed,
    the pigs
    pigs may be pigs, but man is the swine!

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  2. July 15, 2013 11:42 am

    I find it very sad that we seem to be sharing this World with an ever increasing number of subhumans who can only get satisfaction when they are abusing innocent animals. Although this is the 21st Century and we are supposed to be more civilised and well educated, these lowlives go from generation to generation with the same vile set of rules and nothing changes. They might as well all be in the last Century…..and how I wish they were so that all these evil “entertainments” could be stopped forever. Shame on ALL these moronic people AND ESPECIALLY the cowardly Governments who allow these wicked animal abusers to continue their disgusting cruelties…..payback is long overdue!!!

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    • July 15, 2013 12:19 pm

      I completely agree, Susan. Thank you for your wise and insightful comments.

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  3. July 15, 2013 12:32 pm

    They TRIED to show the beauty, intelligence, sensitivity that pigs have with the great film, “Babe”, but I think what we need is a new da Vinci or Einstein able to create BRAINS for all the empty-headed humans that splatter this planet-

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    • July 15, 2013 4:24 pm

      You are absolutely correct, Joyce, thank you for your wise comment.

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  4. Lori permalink
    July 15, 2013 1:05 pm

    Letter sent.

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  5. July 15, 2013 1:11 pm

    Thanks for letting us know about this. I wrote to Pat.

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  6. July 15, 2013 3:05 pm

    This is so disturbing! What the hell is wrong with people anyway? Email gladly sent Stacey and I also shared in several places I just hope this greased pig contest will be stopped

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  7. July 15, 2013 3:06 pm

    Reblogged this on florenceeaise and commented:
    SPEAK OUT AGAINST CRUEL GREASED PIG CONTEST

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  8. Isabelle permalink
    July 15, 2013 6:01 pm

    Done!!!

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  9. narhvalur permalink
    July 15, 2013 10:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.

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  10. July 17, 2013 1:32 am

    Just absolutely awful x

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  11. July 17, 2013 1:33 am

    This is absolutely awful, i would expect this from a third world country, we in the west have no excuse to put innocent animals through pain and distress for entertainment.

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  12. Lisa Taylor permalink
    July 17, 2013 3:17 am

    I understand this is Iowa where there
    Is little regard to an animals innocent
    Life but this is just scary & plain wrong
    For these animals. Please do not allow this event to take place. Thank you
    Lisa

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  13. July 17, 2013 6:00 am

    Scientists have compared pigs to three-year-old children in terms of intelligence. Would they grease up one of their children and have a bunch of imbeciles chase it around for fun? Pretty sure the answer is no. Reposted this to Facebook with the attached letter 🙂

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  14. Klara Persson permalink
    July 17, 2013 9:25 am

    Letter sent and link shared to everyone I know, because this is just outrageous. Humans are horrible.

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  15. Linda permalink
    July 17, 2013 10:38 am

    let’s pray for a world where animals can live among us as fellow earthlings, without being exploited, abused, used or eaten. I pray for compassion to flood this planet … for the planet itself and ALL living things.

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  16. Melissa permalink
    July 17, 2013 5:15 pm

    I’m sad to be a Canadian at times like this.

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    • July 17, 2013 5:32 pm

      I’m sad to even be a human at times like this. Thanks, Melissa.

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  17. Kate permalink
    July 17, 2013 10:11 pm

    Hello,

    Can you please stop. Pigs are smart animals and deserve respect.

    Kate

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    • July 18, 2013 10:54 am

      Thank you, Kate, I agree.

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      • Liz permalink
        July 20, 2013 1:29 pm

        Was the pig grease cancelled-I sent letter,

        Hoping, that humans would have some compassion-for these

        animals-that rely on so called humans-to do right,

        REALLY, the swine is the HUMAN!!

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        • July 20, 2013 2:05 pm

          I have not received that info yet, but, sadly, I suspect they went ahead with that “event” Thank you so much for your help, though, I agree with your comments.

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  18. Christine Sudras permalink
    July 22, 2013 6:27 am

    Je n’ai plus de mots pour dire à quel point l’être humain peut être ignoble , et con à la fois !!!

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  19. Gadacha permalink
    July 22, 2013 7:25 am

    Comportons nous comme des êtres humains dignes et repectueux, quel intérêt de faire subir ces “amusements” mesquins et barbares. Réveillons nous !
    Voir de la peur et de la souffrance dans les yeux d’un être vivant n’a rien d’amusant !

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