If you drove near Wal-Mart on Utah Avenue in Idaho Falls this morning you may have seen a huge inflatable pig with bloody sores, locked in a narrow crate.
This is part of the national animal rights organization “Mercy for Animals” demonstration.
The group has gone to several Wal-Mart stores throughout the nation to protest claiming that one of the retailer’s main pork suppliers abuses pigs.
The group claims Wal-Mart has the power to require its pork suppliers to phase out gestation crates.
“The hidden cost of Wal-Mart’s cheap pork is horrific animal cruelty, at numerous Wal-Mart pork suppliers we documented pregnant pigs in filthy metal crates that are so small the animals can’t even turn around, and these crates are so cruel that they’ve actually been banned in 9 U.S. States and the entire European Union, yet Wal-Mart continues to sell pork from factory farms who use them, and we’re just calling on Wal-Mart to follow Costco, Kroger,
Safeway and its other competitors in committing to do away with these cruel crates” said National Campaign Coordinator Phil Letten.
We reached out to Wal-Mart to see what they had to say about these accusations. A Wal-Mart spokesperson said:
“This is a complicated issue. We’re listening closely to points of view from farmers, food manufacturers, animal rights organizations, customers and others. We think constructive dialogue and a collaborative approach is the right path to the right solution.
“We hold our suppliers to the highest standards and do not tolerate animal mistreatment.
“We are currently engaged with pork suppliers, food safety experts and other organizations to work towards an industry-wide model that is not only respectful of farmers and animals, but also meets our customers’ expectations for quality and animal safety.”