Piglets in a poke

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SYD­NEY: An­i­mal pro­tec­tion ac­tivists on Thurs­day pledged to halt a char­ity event in an Aus­tralian pub in which piglets race each other around a track.

“It is in­her­ent cru­elty and needs to be can­celled im­me­di­ately,” Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals said in a state­ment.

“Pigs are cu­ri­ous and in­sight­ful an­i­mals thought to have in­tel­li­gence be­yond that of an av­er­age three-year-old hu­man child.”

But Damian McGuire, li­cencee of Bris­bane’s Padding­ton Tav­ern, said the piglets seemed to en­joy the con­tests: “All the pigs run to the start­ing gate by them­selves,” he said. “Th­ese are quite lucky pigs be­cause they’re not end­ing up on the din­ner ta­ble.” – Sapa-dpa

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