The Stoughton County Fair in Wisconsin has canceled a pig wrestling event amid pressure from city officials and animal rights activists.
The fair board notified the city Thursday after the City Council unanimously asked it to cancel the July 1 event. The council offered $6,000 to help offset some of the money the pig wrestling event would raise for the fair, but also threatened to ban pig wrestling altogether.
An online petition against the event by the Madison-based, pro-vegan Alliance for Animals and the Environment has gathered more than 10,000 supporters.
Fair organizers issued a statement saying pig wrestling has been a signature part of the fair for seven years, with no human or animal injuries. They say the fair anticipates losing a lot more money than the $6,000 the city offered.