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.
Members of the national animal rights organization Mercy For Animals and local animal activists
Walmart is under fire for cruelty to animals following an undercover investigation at one of the retailer's main pork suppliers, which exposed abuse of pigs (see WalmartCruelty.com). Walmart has the power to require its pork suppliers to phase out gestation crates, as Kroger, Safeway, Costco, and McDonald's have already, and the practice is banned in nine U.S. states and the European Union.
Today, Friday, May 31 -- 11 a.m.-12 noon
Outside Walmart at 3820 Texas 64, Tyler, TX