Susan Michaud: Find fair events that don’t terrorize animals
During the summer, local fairs often feature “mutton busting” and “pig wrestling.”
For those who don’t know what mutton busting is, terrified sheep try to get kids off their backs. If an animal jumped on your back, you would do everything you could to try to get it off, and most of us would be traumatized by the experience.
Likewise, pigs try to get away from “wrestlers” because they are also terrified. If an animal attacked you and wouldn’t let go, you would do everything you could to get away, and most people would be traumatized.
Kids and adults should not terrorize animals. It’s a bad lesson for kids to learn and bad for adults to model cruelty to animals. Let’s find some real fun.
— Susan Michaud, Black Earth