Animal rights activists are stepping up their efforts to shut down a 45-year pig wrestling tradition as part of a church fund-raiser near Appleton.
The group SHARK -- Showing Animals Respect and Kindness -- has taken their case to Green Bay's Catholic bishop. The group was not happy that Saint Patrick's Church in Stephensville carried on with its pig-wrestling event last Sunday, even though another group got 62-thousand people to sign Internet petitions to halt it -- and almost two dozen people showed up to protest it. The church has denied activists' claims of violence to the pigs. Steve Hindi of the SHARK group had event video which showed one pig limping, and others dropped from several feet. The group said it would pay Bishop David Ricken and other church leaders ten-thousand dollars if they agreed to take the pigs' place next year. The group says it will file a complaint, alleging that the pig wrestling amounts to felony animal cruelty. Outagamie County sheriff's officials were on hand last Sunday. They said they saw nothing criminal take place.