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Activists push for ban on 'holy pig' contest

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(Agence France Presse) Animal rights activists on Friday protested a traditional “holy pig” ritual in which the swine are force-fed before being sacrificed in public.

Farmers compete to raise the heaviest pig in the annual ceremony, later killing the animals to please the gods. Critics say the swine are often kept in small enclosures and are hit on the snout to force them to keep eating. Demonstrators shouted “Stop the holy pig weight race!” and “Overweight not healthy!” near the Taoist temple where the contest took place as thousands of followers and tourists flocked to watch proceedings.


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