The national Mercy for Animals organization will be out in force outside a Salt Lake City Walmart Tuesday with protesters and a 10-foot-tall inflatable, bloody, caged pig. Activists will be trying to shame the mega-chain into boycotting pork suppliers who use pig cages considered cruel enough to have been banned in nine states.
Local animal activists can come join national organization Mercy for Animals outside of the Hope Avenue Walmart Tuesday at lunchtime to help introduce shoppers to a troubling business practice. Mercy for Animals national coordinator Phil Letten says his organization recently conducted a hidden-camera investigation and found pork suppliers who sold to Walmart would confine pigs, even pregnant pigs, in tiny metal crates that often brought sores and infections to the animals that often spend their entire lives in the cages.
“The hidden cost of Walmart’s cheap pork is egregious animal abuse,” Letten says. “A number of Walmart’s pork suppliers we documented confined pregnant pigs to filthy metal crates that are so small that the animals can’t even turn around in them. This is blatant animal abuse that Walmart shouldn’t be tolerating.”
Letten says his group’s goal is to see that Walmart ceases business with such suppliers in much the same way McDonald’s, Kroger, Costco and Safeway have done recently.
Check out the protest, Tuesday, March 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Walmart, 350 Hope Avenue, Salt Lake City.
If you can’t check out the protest, visit WalmartCruelty.com for more information and to sign a petition urging the company to buy more compassionately sourced pork products.