PETITION TARGET: Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd
Hundreds of terrified chickens are hurled from a rooftop into a crowd of people and greased-up pigs are chased and wrestled to the ground at the cruel annual Pioneer Day festival in Ridgeland, Wis., which has been abusing terrified animals for over 35 years.
The event organizers suggest the animals aren’t harmed during the festival, but falling from a rooftop into the grasping hands of hundreds of people is a frightening experience for these chickens and can cause them significant physical harm. From broken bones to stress-induced heart attacks, the birds involved the “chicken toss” are brutally exploited for entertainment.
Pigs desperately attempt to avoid being tackled by large groups of people, and similar to the chicken toss, the “greased pig catching” event is inhumane and harmful to the animals’ health.
Popular among children, these events teach impressionable young minds that harming animals is something to celebrate.
Activists have protested the festival for years, but so far, their outcries have fallen on deaf ears. It’s time to ensure our voices are heard by demanding an end to this barbaric event.
Sign this petition urging Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd to intervene and take action against the abuse of chickens and pigs at this awful event.