Actor and Texas native Woody Harrelson has despatched a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott asking him to ban a wild hog catch occasion in Bandera, claiming it violates Texas animal cruelty legal guidelines. Harrelson was moved to compose the plea after PETA shared video of pigs and piglets being wrangled and chased on the now-controversial annual Bandera Bacon Bash.
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Within the letter, shared with Fox Information by PETA, the Academy Award-nominated actor asks Abbott to finish the 17-year occasion over issues about “the cruelty that the pigs are subjected to.”
“I’ve a number of pleasure in my house state and the compassionate, unbiased spirit of my fellow Texans,” Harrelson begins in his letter, earlier than going onto categorical his “shock” over the footage he witnessed throughout the hog catch.
“At this 12 months’s occasion in March, which eyewitnesses recorded, screaming, frightened pigs had been chased round an enviornment. They had been grabbed by their ears, tails, and snouts and hauled by their legs whereas their faces had been dragged via the sand and so they desperately tried to flee. Members tackled pigs, jumped on them, and hit them, and occasion employees kicked them within the head,” he continued within the letter, which accompanies a petition on PETA’s web site.
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Harrelson likened the conduct to bullies and wrote that the violence encourages inhumane therapy of animals.
“This violent spectacle encourages youngsters and adults alike to scare, injure, and torment animals for leisure. The world does not want extra bullies. Texas regulation prohibits inflicting pointless and unjustified ache and struggling on animals, so I implore you to ensure that the regulation is upheld right here—and to situation an govt order banning this occasion,” he concluded.
Sponsors Bandera Wranglers have defended the occasion, which raises cash for various nonprofits in Bandera – coined the Cowboy Capital of the World.
“We’re going to take management of it. We’re not going to allow them to bully us all the way down to cease an occasion that raises a number of good funds for the group,” Brandon Nicholson, vice chairman of Bandera Wranglers, stated to KSAT.
Just lately, the practically two-decade-run has come below scrutiny when animal rights activists secretly recorded the occasion and posted it on social media. The bacon bash entails contributors chasing and catching pigs, that are later slaughtered and barbecued.
“As animal rights activists, we’re tenacious,” stated Sam Campos, a spokesman for the group Unparalleled Struggling, to KSAT. “We’ll prevail till each animal is free.”
Nonetheless, the Bandera Wranglers will not be backing down – regardless of reportedly receiving demise threats on social media.
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Nicholson advised KSAT the Bandera Bacon Bash has raised cash for the native chapter of the Boys and Ladies Membership and different native teams, in addition to offers with the feral hog overpopulation that may trigger thousands and thousands of of injury to farmland.