Animal rights demonstration held in front of local Walmart

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

The Walmart Supercenter on Portage Rd. had some angry visitors on Friday protesting what they say is cruelty by a pork supplier for the chain.

Local animal rights activists along with the national non-profit “Mercy for Animals” held a demonstration outside the giant retailer. They brought a large, inflatable pig to call attention to the alleged abusive practices by one of Walmart’s main pork suppliers.

According to an undercover investigation conducted by the group, the suppliers confine pregnant pigs in a narrow gestation crate in which they can barely move.

Protestors say that, apparently, the animals are not able to live comfortably inside their tiny crates and have developed sores and open wounds from the living conditions.

"Their short lives are filled with misery and depravation and so we are asking Walmart to improve these conditions and give these pigs better lives,” said Jeni Haines, national coordinator for Mercy for Animals.

Other large retailers like Kroger, Safeway, Costco and McDonald’s have phased out this practice which has been banned in nine states.

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