Activist guard their loins

By on February 27, 2013
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Mercy for Animals members protest Walmart’s injustice against their pig products.  Mercy for Animals Photo

Mercy for Animals members protest Walmart’s injustice against their pig products. Mercy for Animals Photo

Last Tuesday, local activists protested outside of the Irondale Walmart with a huge inflatable pig. This informed shoppers about Walmart pork suppliers’ practices of cruelly confining pigs in gestation crates.

For an hour, shoppers were shown how pregnant pigs lived on factory farms. The inflatable pig was coated with bruises and sores and locked in a narrow crate. Pigs are unable to lay around or engage in natural behaviors within these crates.

Mercy for Animals, a national animal rights organization, was in charge of the event.

Walmart is in the media spotlight for cruelty to animals following an undercover investigation at one of their retailer’s main port suppliers.

Walmart has the power to require its pork suppliers to phase out gestation crates, as Kroger, Safeway, Costco, and McDonald’s have done already, and the practice is banned in nine U.S. states and the European Union.

Carlene Robinson
News Editor
news@insideuab.com

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