Ban Cruel Pig Scramble Event

Target: Thomas Livermore, Mayor of Woodside, California

Goal: Cancel the cruel “pig scramble” junior rodeo event, involving children chasing after terrified piglets.

Children have chased, trapped, wrestled and dragged piglets for years as part of a “tradition” in Woodside, California’s Mounted Patrol July Fourth Rodeo. The so-called “pig scramble” is a torturous experience for confined young piglets who are pitted against loud and boisterous children under the age of 10 attempting to wrestle and catch them. The scramble is not only scary for the pigs, but dangerous as well. Piglets can sustain serious injuries from being dragged, squeezed and dropped. They furthermore risk getting trampled in the process of trying to escape the rodeo ring.

Rodeo organizers claim that the pigs are “used to running around” and that the event teaches children how to “manage farm animals.” Yet in reality, the lesson learned seems to be that animals can be harassed and bullied for entertainment purposes. Children learn that they can bully the smaller, frightened creatures while adults watch on in amusement. There is no need to subject the piglets to such torment.

Pigs are exceptionally intelligent and sensitive creatures who form strong social and family bonds. Piglets should not be separated from their mothers just to be chased, tackled and teased as part of a senseless “game.” Sign this petition and demand that the pig scramble be banned from this festival.


Dear Mayor Livermore,

The long-standing pig scramble tradition at the Mounted Patrol July Fourth Rodeo is a cruel event which should be banned. Events such as these are inhumane and traumatic for young pigs. To the piglets, the children chasing them are large, frightening creatures that they cannot escape from. The risk of injury due to trampling or as a result of the wrestling is great. This in no way teaches children how to “manage farm animals” as event organizers claim, but instead instills in the young participants the idea that harassing animals both fun and okay. This must end, just as similar events have been phased out in rodeos across California and the country.

Pig are sensitive, smart creatures who do not deserve to endure such suffering. They should be treated with respect and dignity. This event is abusive and should no longer be a part of the Mounted Patrol going forward. Please listen to the voices of concerned residents and veterinarians who all agree that the pig scramble has no place in this annual event.


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    Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!

  2. Really? Seems like these sub humans just can’t get enough of torturing defenseless creatures. I sign petitions like this everyday.They are all sick and demented.Teaching these kids to do this is horrific. It’s no wonder that they have no respect for another living creature. DISGUSTING!!!! KARMA!!

  3. Oh okay these adults are teaching these children that it’s okay and acceptable to abuse, torment and disregard the well being of another living being? Especially a baby animal who needs their mother just like a baby human?? Do these “adults” think this is good clean harmless entertainment? This event is not only senseless but mindless, inhumane and barbaric. Today’s youth should be taught to respect and show compassion for all living beings not run around and torment baby animals. This planet belongs to ALL living beings.

  4. Ellis Toscano says:

    Way to teach your children to be Neanderthals.

  5. Human nowadays the OLD n YOUNG are all turned into BEAST !!! They all have NO HEARTS N NO LOVES FOR GOD’S CREATIONS AT ALL!! ONE DAY THEY WILL AND SURELY WILL FACE THEIR BAD KARMA !! Just wait for their Timing !!!!!!!! Feel sorry for all these selfish ugly Beasts !!!

  6. Some of these same children will grow up to be animal abusers…teach your children in infancy to be kind to all animals and not to needlessly stress these poor little piglets….PARENTS WHAT AMUSEMENT YOU GET HAVING YOU CHILDREN FRIGHTEN THESE LITTLE PIGLETS?…THEY ARE SENTIENT BEINGS…HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CHILDREN TO BE CHASED AROUND AND FRIGHTENED BY BULLIES AND TO BESIDE CAUGHT AND SQUEEZED….STOP THIS NONSENSE NOW!!

  7. Diane Petrillo Diane Petrillo says:

    I’m so sick and tired of the relentless abuse of pigs in general. They are sweet intelligent creatures but are treated the worst historically. Just disgusting.

  8. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗😠🐷🐖

  9. Please stop promoting the wrong education to children. Animal cruelty should never be encouraged or accepted..

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