Pig Racing Slated for New Jersey Youth Carnival Is Canceled

April 2002

After receiving calls of concern about a pig-racing event planned for a youth sports organization’s carnival in North Brunswick, New Jersey, PETA wrote to the chairperson of the organizing committee to ask that the cruel and exploitative event be canceled.

Two weeks went by without a response, so we contacted the city’s mayor to ask that he and the City Council intervene to put a stop to the event. We corresponded extensively with several of the council members and spoke with newspapers in the area about the cruelty of pig racing and traveling animal outfits. We also emphasized the negative message that exploiting animals for profit sends to children. Fortunately, the City Council made the compassionate decision to mandate that the pig-racing event be canceled.

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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