- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

STEPHENSVILLE, Wis. (AP) - Activists weren’t happy about a recent pig-wrestling fundraiser that a Green Bay-area church held, so they’re offering the bishop cash if he takes the pigs’ place in the muddy pit.

A Press-Gazette Media report (http://gbpg.net/1vONLIW ) says Steve Hindi made the offer Thursday. He’s the founder of an animal-protection group called SHARK.

He presented the Green Bay diocese with a video of Sunday’s event. It showed one pig limping and others being dropped from a few feet.

Hindi says pig wrestling amounts to animal cruelty. He says he’ll pay Bishop David Ricken and other church officials $10,000 if they agree to take the pigs’ place.

Diocese spokeswoman Justine Lodl says the church made sure the pigs were safe.

Outagamie County deputies have said the event doesn’t constitute animal abuse.

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Information from: Press-Gazette Media, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com