California High School Vows to Give Pigs a Break

January 2007

Saugus High School in Saugus, California, hosted a pep rally in which students and faculty members chased and harassed terrified pigs and piglets, and the school’s principal participated in the event. Upon learning about the event, PETA immediately contacted the school and requested that it implement a policy prohibiting the use of animals in future events. We received a kind response from the principal, who said, “In hindsight, we should have just nixed the use of the pigs entirely when it became apparent that they were uncomfortable. We apologize. As you suggested, we will find other ways to entertain our staff and students at our rallies.”

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind