Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Activists to Protest Walmart Pig Practices at East Nashville Store

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM

I'm the first to admit that I can get a little glib here on this blog, especially when it comes to talking about barbecue and pigs. There's something about barbecue sauces, rubs and competition teams that brings out the 12-year-old boy in people as they make up cheeky, punny names for their products and teams. It's possibly worse only in the hot sauce industry.

In the interest of equal time and to stimulate a little commentary here, I offer this news of an upcoming protest planned for tomorrow at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Gallatin Road in East Nashville. I'm not the biggest fan of Wally World for many reasons, but I readily admit that I am not nearly informed enough on their specific practices to comment intelligently on these prickly issues.

Feel free to enlighten me after you read about the event:

Members of the national animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, joined by a 10-foot tall inflatable pig, bloody with sores and locked in a narrow crate, will greet shoppers outside Walmart with a demonstration against the cruel practice of confining pregnant pigs in tiny crates on factory farms where they are unable to even lie down comfortably, turn around, or engage in basic natural behaviors.

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 11 a.m. — 12 noon
Location: Outside Walmart at 1220 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN

Local activists wielding signs with images of abused pigs, reading: “Walmart Tortures Pigs” and “Walmart Pork = Animal Abuse” will join the protest. Walmart is under fire for cruelty to animals following an undercover investigation exposing shocking abuse to pigs at one of the retailer’s main pork suppliers.

Mercy For Animals is calling on Walmart to require its pork suppliers to phase out the practice of confining pigs in narrow crates — something Kroger, Safeway, Costco, and McDonald’s have recently done. The practice of confining sensitive, intelligent, and social pigs into tiny gestation crates has been widely condemned by veterinarians and leading farmed animal welfare experts.

Confining a pregnant pig inside a narrow gestation crate, where she is virtually immobilized, has been banned in nine U.S. states and the entire European Union.

Hidden-camera footage secretly recorded at Christensen Farms, a Walmart pork supplier, reveals pregnant pigs confined for nearly their entire lives in fly-infested crates barely larger than their own bodies, pigs suffering from bloody open wounds and infections, and piglets being slammed headfirst into the ground and having their testicles ripped out and tails cut off without painkillers.

“Walmart pork suppliers are guilty of horrific cruelty to animals,” says Mercy For Animals’ national campaign coordinator Phil Letten. “Pork sold in Walmart stores comes from pigs who are abused, neglected, and sentenced to lives of extreme confinement and deprivation in crates. This is blatant animal abuse that no socially responsible corporation should be supporting. If Walmart pork producers subjected dogs and cats to the array of standard abuses they inflict on pigs, they would be arrested and jailed on grounds of animal cruelty.”

To learn more visit WalmartCruelty.com.

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