Onlookers view a pig offering during the competition at Yimin temple in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. Photo: AFPOnlookers view a pig offering during the competition at Yimin temple in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. Photo: AFP
Onlookers view a pig offering during the competition at Yimin temple in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. Photo: AFP

Taiwan’s polarising pig festival draws fewer and smaller sacrifices as animal rights activists change attitudes

  • Holy pig festival is a Hakka tradition with families fattening pigs up to 860kg before slaughter
  • Rights group says fewer people come to watch as more grow uncomfortable with animal cruelty

Topic |   Taiwan
Onlookers view a pig offering during the competition at Yimin temple in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. Photo: AFPOnlookers view a pig offering during the competition at Yimin temple in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. Photo: AFP
Onlookers view a pig offering during the competition at Yimin temple in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. Photo: AFP
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