An Athens woman is trying to save a pig from the slaughterhouse by raising funds to counter a high school raffle in Jackson County that offers 100 pounds of pork cut any way you want it.
Katie Corbett’s effort has already been featured on 11 Alive TV and she’s built up a following on her GoFundMe website “Winning Wilbur.”
So far, more than 130 people have donated more than half of her anticipated goal of $5,000. The page has been shared on Facebook over 1,000 times and a handful of supporters have taken it to Twitter, as well.
Corbett, a 23-year-old college student, is a vegetarian who is clearly a friend of the animals, having raised several pigs as pets, according to her online portfolio. When she heard East Jackson Comprehensive High School was selling raffle tickets to benefit the school’s cheerleading team, she started an effort to save a pig.
Although Corbett couldn’t be reached for comment on Wednesday, an update posted on the GoFundMe website states that she is currently in negotiations with the EJCHS principal to come up with an alternative in order to spare Wilbur’s life.
Jamie Dixon, EJCHS principal, however, said there is no individual designated pig to slaughter for the fundraiser.
Dixon described the raffle as a tradition that dates back to when the high schools were one. They auction off 100 pounds of meat and the butcher will process the meat any way you prefer. It’s $1 per ticket and traditionally it has been a very lucrative fundraiser.”
Dixon said he does not know where the pig comes from. “I don’t even know that a pig is involved other than it is pork,” he said. “This is what I tried to explain to the news media when they called me that it is my understanding that this is just meat that has already been designated for processing. The butcher is kind enough to give us his services and cut up something that is already there. It’s 100 pounds of pork. I don’t know where the pig is. It may already be dead for all I know and ready to be butchered. We have not designated a pig to be picked up and butchered.”
Dixon added that while he does have a meeting set up with Corbett on Friday, there are no negotiations yet concerning suspending the fundraising efforts.
“I don’t think she understands the scope of the money we raise,” he said. “Make no mistake. We are clearly trying to raise money to help our cheerleaders do and buy the things they need to buy. If someone wants to intervene, and help us raise additional monies, we are happy to entertain that."
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