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Friday, March 8, 2013

Animal Activists Protest Cruelty to Pigs Outside Walmart in Maplewood

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

  • Kaitlin Steinberg

Well, the giant, inflatable pig covered in sores and dirt was cuter than we imagined.

Local animal-rights activists joined members of the national animal rights organization Mercy for Animals today in front of the Maplewood Commons Walmart just off South Hanley Road in protest of Walmart's practice of confining pregnant pigs in small crates on its factory farms.

Gut Check heard there'd be a ten-foot-tall inflatable pig covered in bloody sores and people holding up signs in protest, so we were there. Again, the pig was way cuter and more pathetic than we'd anticipated, which was great for the cause. But it also made us feel bad about that pulled pork we ate yesterday.

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  • Kaitlin Steinberg

We spoke with Phil Letten, national campaign manager for L.A.-based Mercy for Animals about today's protest.

"We've documented at numerous Walmart pork suppliers the extreme confinement of pregnant pigs in crates so small they can't even turn around, they can barely lie down, and they're virtually immobilized inside these crates," Letten says. "This is blatant animal abuse that Walmart shouldn't be tolerating."

To get their point across, Letten and about a dozen other individuals stood on the sidewalk of Hanley Road in front of the Walmart industrial complex, holding signs with disturbing photos of pigs in crates. They didn't yell or wave their arms. They just stood there and let the photos (and the giant inflatable pig) do the talking.

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