Updated: 08/11/2014 12:44 PM
Created: 08/11/2014 10:26 AM KSTP.com
A church in Outagamie County didn't let protests of animal cruelty stop its annual pig wrestling fundraiser.
St. Patrick Parish in Stephensville says the Pig Wrassle has been its tradition for 44 years and is a big draw for its fundraising picnic.
Spectators in the stands cheered as participants chased a pig around a muddy pen at the picnic Sunday. Dozens of demonstrators stood nearby in protest.
Jordan Turner is president of Global Conservation, an animal rights group from Milwaukee. Turner says tradition is no excuse for animal cruelty. He says the group's online petition generated 60,000 signatures in protest of the event.
WLUK-TV says the event usually brings in about $3,000 for the parish, which has no plans to cancel the event again next year.
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