MEDIA RELEASE: VIDEO: Shocking Animal Cruelty at Sabinal Wild Hog Festival & Craft Fair
SABINAL, Texas (March 24, 2023) — In Defense of Animals and Unparalleled Suffering reveal shocking undercover videos of “hog-sacking” or “hog rodeo” contests that will take place again at the Wild Hog Festival & Craft Fair in Sabinal starting tomorrow, and in Bandera next Saturday. Thousands of people are urging event sponsors and organizers to cancel, defund, and stop supporting these ruthless games that condone, normalize, and glorify animal cruelty and replace them with humane, animal-free alternatives. This event already offers crafts and is encouraged to add new family-friendly activities such as three-legged races and obstacle courses for people that foster healthy exercise and team spirit without harming animals.
Watch this undercover video, which contrasts the cruel treatment of wild hogs at the Wild Hog Festival in Sabinal with wild hogs who reside in peace at a sanctuary: https://youtube.com/shorts/f4WkTBHGCNg
During wild hog bagging contests, wild hog mothers and babies are traumatized, injured, and killed in the name of entertainment. No one responds with mercy to their piercing screams. Mother hogs can't save their babies from harm. Babies are pulled, dragged, and lifted by their legs and ears causing painful dislocations, and ruptured muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Their desperate attempts to escape the arena are met with more injuries like bloody mouths and concussions.
“The Wild Hog Fest in Sabinal is absolutely heartbreaking,” said Lisa Levinson, Campaigns Director for In Defense of Animals. “Imagine how it would feel to be a free-roaming wild hog mother or baby who was trapped and taken from your home in nature and thrown in the ring with rowdy, jeering people who enjoyed injuring you and your family for no apparent reason. Sadly, participants appear to lack compassion and empathy for sentient beings, such as our wild animal neighbors.”
The Wild Hog Festival & Craft Fair features several sessions of hog bagging each day from morning until the evening. First, small children chase piglets down in the arena and grab them for a ribbon. Some very young children are extremely aggressive and hostile towards the piglets, picking them up and dropping them on the ground and even holding them upside down by just a single leg. Pigs frequently jump into fences around the arena while trying to escape only to be caught after landing and reused over and over again for each round.
Not only are the little pigs unwilling participants and at a major weight and strength disadvantage, but event organizers purposefully use young female pigs who have their tusks ripped out. Contest winners receive a ribbon or a belt buckle for inflicting pain and suffering on these helpless wild hog families, who are indiscriminately killed after enduring unimaginable violence for human entertainment.
Wild hogs are sensitive, intelligent, and good-natured. Photo: Unparalleled Suffering
Pigs, the vast majority of whom are very young, are used over and over again as their desperate escape attempts fail and their screams, squeals, and bloody mouths are met with heckling, apathy, and indifference. The trembling pigs huddle together in fear and pain in their pens without access to any food or drinking water.
“Our supporters are very concerned about the blatant animal cruelty and lack of compassion taking place at the Frio River Fest in Concan, Ham Rodeo in Bandera, and Wild Hog Festival & Craft Fair in Sabinal,” continues Levinson. “Undercover videos show participants laughing at the incredible suffering of mostly baby and female hogs, who are trapped and rendered defenseless during this barbaric event that is reminiscent of ancient Roman gladiator games. We urge the event sponsors and beneficiaries to withdraw their support of hog sacking events which promote violence towards innocent animals, in favor of humane events without animals.”
Detailed witness account of wild hog sacking at the Wild Hog Festival & Craft Fair in Sabinal, Texas: https://unparalleledsuffering.substack.com/p/wild-hog-bagging-sadists-in-sabinal
“If anyone wants to see what ultimate disregard towards other living beings looks like, then look no further than the Texas hog bagging events. Free-living pigs, including babies and mothers, are trapped, trafficked, tormented, and brutalized for shoddy human entertainment and malice before they are later killed. Like most pigs who have forced relationships with humans, all they are met with before they die is pure evil.” — Unparalleled Suffering, undercover investigator
Texas citizens are urged to find out more and take action at:
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Petition Letter to the Wild Hog Festival & Craft Fair organizers, sponsors, and beneficiaries:
- Sabinal Lions Club
- Regal Meat Custom Processing
- Sanford Irrigation & Landscaping
Cancel Cruel Hog Sacking Events & Replace Them with Humane Alternatives
As a person who is concerned about the treatment of animals and one of In Defense of Animals’ 250,000 supporters, I respectfully request that you cancel, defund, or relinquish your support of the incredibly inhumane hog bagging events taking place now in your area. Instead, please replace these cruel events with humane, animal-free alternatives.
During hog bagging events, terrified and helpless wild pig families are chased, grabbed, and thrown into bags, sometimes on top of each other. The pigs huddle together in fear in their pens without access to food or drinking water. Mostly female, very young, or pigs who have their tusks removed, are used over and over again as their desperate escape attempts fail and their screams, squeals, and bloody mouths are met with apathy and indifference.
Children who participated in previous events were documented dropping piglets on the ground and holding them upside down by just a single leg. This pain-inducing treatment of animals is not only terrible for the animals who are experiencing it without relief, but it also teaches children that animals are not sentient beings who feel physical and emotional pain. It also normalizes violence, which is not something to encourage in a healthy society that resolves issues with civility and words, not ruthless violence.
Instead, I encourage you to host, sponsor, and support events and fundraisers for everyone that omit animals such as three-legged races and obstacle courses for people that foster healthy exercise and team spirit without harming animals. I am glad to see that some of the festivals already involve other fun animal-free activities like music and crafts that celebrate local history and culture, which I wholeheartedly support.
This is your golden opportunity to refresh regional events with new activities that uplift the community and support the collective values of kindness and compassion for all living beings, including our wild animal neighbors. Please cancel the upcoming and future hog bagging events taking place and replace them with humane alternatives that everyone can join with confidence.
Contacts for interviews:
In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization based in California with over 250,000 supporters and a 40-year history of fighting for animals, people, and the environment through education and campaigns, as well as hands-on rescue facilities in India, South Korea, rural Mississippi, and California. www.idausa.org/wildanimals
Unparalleled Suffering is a photographer, filmmaker, and writer who shares documentation and stories about the plight of animals entangled in the web of ever expanding human supremacy, indoctrination, and disregard for living beings. https://unparalleledsuffering.substack.com
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