50th annual Stratham Fair under scrutiny by PETA for pig scramble
STRATHAM — An event that has been running for many years at the Stratham Fair has come under scrutiny by the animal rights organization PETA.
The event is the pig scramble, in which people enter a designated area and attempt the catch one of a number of pigs in the area with them.
In an "Action Alert" on the PETA website, the organization calls the event inhumane.
"The Stratham Fair in New Hampshire will again feature inhumane "pig scrambles," in which terrified young pigs, who can't escape or defend themselves, are frantically chased, grabbed at, swarmed, and tackled amid screaming crowds," the PETA alert read.
PETA is asking that people send a letter to fair officials urging them to end the pig scramble event.
Stratham Fair admissions official Francisco Marin says that the fair will continue to hold the event and that if people choose to, they have the right to protest peacefully.
The pig scramble will be held at the fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
A full schedule of events can be found on the Stratham Fair website.