Animal rights protest scrapped after "greased pig" dust-up

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An international animal advocacy group has withdrawn its protest against a New Hampshire winter carnival event billed as a "Greased Pig on Ice" after learning there's no pig in the act, just a man on skates wearing a pig costume.

Carnival organizer Steve Smith says People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, launched its alert last week despite his reassurances that no pigs would be harmed. Smith says he received about 100 emails from concerned animal lovers.

PETA investigator Daphna Nachminovitch tells the Associated Press that Smith did not clarify what the Saturday event would entail. She says the information is excellent news for pigs.

The 100th Newport Winter Carnival draws to a close this weekend in Newport. No pigs were slated to participate in the 10-day event.