AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - Woody Harrelson, an American actor and comedian, sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday urging him to shut down violent "wild hog catch" events.
Harrelson is refferring to events like the one near Bandera, Texas, in which terrified, screaming pigs were chased, grabbed, and tormented, as was revealed in a recent PETA video.
"I have a lot of pride in my home state and…. [t]hat's why I was shocked to learn about the cruelty that pigs are subjected to at something called the 'Bacon Bash,'" writes the Midland native.
"This violent spectacle encourages children and adults alike to scare, injure, and torment animals for entertainment. The world doesn't need more bullies .... so I implore you to … issue an executive order banning this event." PETA's eyewitnesses also recorded staff at the annual event dragging young pigs by one or more legs around the arena.
Contestants chased the petrified animals; grabbed them by the ears, tail, or snout; lifted them off the ground by the legs; and stuffed them into sacks as they cried out. Many panicked animals leapt headfirst into the metal arena fencing as they frantically tried to escape.
Harrelson's letter to Abbott is as follows:
The Honorable Greg Abbott
Governor of Texas
Dear Gov. Abbott,
I have a lot of pride in my home state and the compassionate, independent spirit of my fellow Texans. That's why I was shocked to learn about the cruelty that pigs are subjected to at something called the "Bacon Bash" held near Bandera.
At this year's event in March, which eyewitnesses recorded, screaming, frightened pigs were chased around an arena. They were grabbed by their ears, tails, and snouts and hauled by their legs while their faces were dragged through the sand and they desperately tried to escape. Participants tackled pigs, jumped on them, and hit them, and event staff kicked them in the head.
This violent spectacle encourages children and adults alike to scare, injure, and torment animals for entertainment. The world doesn't need more bullies. Texas law prohibits inflicting unnecessary and unjustified pain and suffering on animals, so I implore you to make sure that the law is upheld here-and to issue an executive order banning this event.
Thank you for your attention to this crucial matter.