Monday, September 29, 2008

Hawthorne pig-chasing contest creates controversy

The Gainesville Sun reports that Hawthorne plans to proceed with a contest involving children chasing pigs, despite an Alachua County animal exploitation ordinance that bans the activity. According to the article, the county attorney has stated that the county ordinance conflicts with a municipal ordinace that Hawthorne's City Commissioners specifically passed to allow the contest and under those circumstances, the municipal ordinance prevails. The story quotes county resident Elizabeth Howard as follows:
“I’m very disappointed that Hawthorne has chosen to do this. I’m sorry they don’t want to move up to the present day and be kind to animals,” Howard said. “I’m concerned about the welfare of the pigs, and I’m very sorry that children are being taught that it is OK to chase little animals.”

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