The Westmoreland County Fair in Petitcodiac, N.B., cancelled its pig scramble due to complaints from animal activists and the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition in Truro also canned its event.
Fernwood livestock farmer Ranald MacFarlane supports Robb’s efforts 100 per cent.
“As a child I was at a pig scramble, too, myself. Back in the day it was fun; it was entertainment,’’ MacFarlane said. “Things have changed in agriculture now. Dairy farmers, hog farmers, cattle farmers . . . we all have a professional code of conduct and this pig scramble will not fit within how you should treat animals humanely.’’
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is in talks with Jackson over the matter.
“The department did have contact with event organizers and offered to work with them in the lead up to the festival this summer,’’ said a departmental spokeswoman. “The department was told by the event organizer that he would take the discussion to his board.’’
MacFarlane said he has kids to his farm on Open Farm Day but allows the pigs and kids to mingle in a much larger area so if the pigs want to opt out of the fun they can.
Robb said she had almost 3,000 signatures.