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    Posted August 8, 2014 by
    Hortonville, Wisconsin

    St. Patrick's Parish in Stephensonville, WI to hold animal abuse event

    PLEASE ENCOURAGE THE CHURCH to set an example, not join in "because it's being done in other cities."

    St. Patrick's Parish in Stephensville, Wisconsin plan to host an event this weekend (August 10) in which pigs are punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket.

    This illegal animal fighting event is in violation of Wisconsin Chapter 951, titled "Crimes Against Animals", which outlaws cockfighting, dogfighting, and any other similar fighting between animals or animals and humans.

    In addition, being a spectator of such an event is also in violation of Chapter 951. Those prosecuted could face felony animal fighting charges.

    Join the Global Conservation Group in calling on the church to cancel this event and replace it with a humane alternative activity. Please sign and share the petition and politely call them below:

    Deacon Ken Bilgrien: 920-779-5960

    St. Patrick Parish: 920-757-5090 or email benwolf@new.rr.com
    Event Coordinator, Rose Rynish: 920-757-6824 or email stpatdenis@new.rr.com

    For more information about this event, check out the Examiner's article: http://www.examiner.com/article/church-plans-animal-fighting-contest
    The above story is from the petition at change.org (https://www.change.org/petitions/st-patrick-s-parish-cancel-animal-fighting-contest)

    As church leaders and members, you cannot possibly condone this horrific event that you are hosting. I do not possibly see how that is demonstrating care for the vulnerable - human or animal. Just because this event goes on at other places does not mean that you have to support or encourage it. To imply that the pigs enjoy the event is a ridiculous notion. Are the pigs offered the benefit of an explanation before being thrown into the ring. Are they cared for, cleaned, and mended if hurt afterwards? My guess is the answer is no, and probably seems ridiculous to you. In which case, the pigs are unable to give their consent.

    While you may compare that to the food industry, that is exactly my point. Do you want to step forward and say that our society’s treatment of animals, such as this event, is in anyway positive??

    I hope that the global outpouring of emotion is enough to make you reconsider. Please be a beacon for other churches and community groups. Stand up for the vulnerable who have no voice in this matter. Animals with feelings, thoughts, and fears.

    The world will be watching…

    Sheri Rettew
    505 Muddy Creek Road
    Aurora, NC 27806
    (252) 945-8565
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