The Law

Chapter 951 of Wisconsin 
law deals with Crimes Against Animals. The following statute applies to pig wrestling:

951.02

"Mistreating animals. No person may treat any animal, whether belonging to the person or another, in a cruel manner. This section does not prohibit normal and accepted veterinary practices."

The statute defines "animal" as "every living warm-blooded creature, except a) human being, b) reptile, or c) amphibian." There is no exemption for pigs.

The statute defines "cruel" as "causing unnecessary and excessive pain or suffering or unjustifiable injury or death."

The fear and the occasional injury to the pigs are wholly unnecessary. Pig wrestling is a clear case of "treating any animal in a cruel manner." It is illegal.

Laws prohibiting cruelty to animals are only as strong and meaningful as the police and district attorneys make them. When law enforcement officials don't care, or even participate in these illegal activities, it's hard to stop them. District attorneys have been happy to turn a blind eye to these matter of fact illegal events.


PIG WRESTLING IS ILLEGAL IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA See: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=343.36

343.36 GREASED PIG CONTESTS AND TURKEY SCRAMBLES.

No person shall operate, run or participate in a contest, game, or other like activity, in which a pig, greased, oiled or otherwise, is released and wherein the object is the capture of the pig, or in which a chicken or turkey is released or thrown into the air and wherein the object is the capture of the chicken or turkey. Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor.


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