STEPHENSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin police say they will monitor a church's pig wrestling event after tens of thousands of people expressed concern for animal rights.
Capt. Mike Jobe of the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department says he doesn't expect a large protest at the event Sunday, but deputies will step in if needed. He says the long-standing event hosted by St. Patrick Parish is not illegal.
Post-Crescent Media reported Friday that more than 42,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the cancellation of the Pig Rassle in Stephensville.
The petition was posted by an animal advocacy organization in Watertown. It says the pigs are mistreated and the event qualifies as illegal animal fighting.
A deacon at St. Patrick says the parish doesn't condone animal abuse.