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Georges Laraque goes toe-to-toe with pig festival

Oilers' Georges Laraque fights with Ducks' Todd Fedoruk during first period NHL action in Edmonton...

Oilers' Georges Laraque fights with Ducks' Todd Fedoruk during first period NHL action in Edmonton on Feb. 6, 2006. (QMI Agency/Files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:22 PM ET

SAINT-PERPETUE, QUE. - A popular pig festival is in a tense public relations battle against former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque.

The hulking tough guy launched a Facebook campaign against the upcoming event held in Saint-Perpetue, Que., east of Montreal, saying it "terrorizes pigs and wild boars."

The pig festival, held since 1978, features a pig-wrestling contest in which participants try to corral slippery beasts in a mud pit.

Win or lose, the pigs end up on the barbecue.

Laraque, a vegan and animal-rights activist, called for a boycott of the event that he called "really disgusting."

"It is one thing to eat meat but to use poor animals as entertainment and make it an event ("¦) that's just disgusting," he wrote in a June 28 Facebook post.

The comments from the well-known hockey personality launched the pig festival into damage control mode.


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