An animal rights group touring the country to protest Wal-Mart is making a stop in the Circle City Tuesday.
Members of Mercy for Animals displayed a giant, inflatable pig that was trapped in a cage outside the Wal-Mart at 7325 N. Keystone Ave. Group member claim Wal-Mart uses pork suppliers that are extremely abusive to their animals.
The national animal rights organization said the pigs are confined to small and filthy metal crates for their entire lives and cannot move or turn around. They said the supermarket chain is turning a blind eye to animal abuse, in order to make a bigger profit.
“These crates are so cruel, they’ve actually been banned in nine U.S. states and the entire European union,” said Phil Letten, Mercy for Animals. “Yet, Wal-Mart continues to sell pork from factory farms that use them.”
Danit Marquardt, spokesperson for Wal-Mart, issued the following statement Tuesday:
“This is a complicated issue. We’re listening closely to points of view from farmers, food manufactures, 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.”