SANTA ROSA (AP) — Watermelons are set to replace piglets in an annual event celebrating agriculture at a California fair.
The Press Democrat reported Saturday that the Sonoma County Fair has eliminated the pig scramble from Farmers Day due to rising public concern and protests over animal welfare.READ MORE: Walkout 2021: Teachers, Students Walkout Of School In Protest Of Vaccine Mandates
In the long-running event at the fair in Santa Rosa, youngsters chased and tried to capture piglets weighing 40 to 60 pounds (18 to 27 kilograms).READ MORE: Riverbank Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking Charges
Officials say this year’s event Aug. 4 will instead include elementary school children carrying watermelons slicked with vegetable oil around an obstacle course in a timed race.
The board president says the decision reflects a “heightened awareness” toward calls for humane treatment of farm animals at the fair 55 miles (89 kilometers) north of San Francisco.MORE NEWS: Tail Of Hope: Rehab Center Assists Dog That Was Paralyzed By BB Gun In Sacramento Backyard
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