Group uses giant inflatable pig to protest against animal cruelty outside local Wal-Mart

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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.”  


  • Shroomsgrl

    OH POOP! Shut up about cruelty to animals! Animals are meant to be EATEN! Get over it! And if the animals are being mistreated before we kill them to eat them WELL…….. who gives a POOP!

  • liesel

    where would America b if we didn't have pork?
    pigs to you PETA people….shut the hell up….find somethng else to do with your time. Humans ARE superior to animals. They taste great.

  • Rede

    Bless the protesters hearts for standing up for eat they believe in and not being ashamed to do so publicaly.

  • erin

    with the exception of the last one, these comments are exactly what i would expect from people who shop at walmart.

  • deejay76

    If you don't want to eat pork (or any other product), fine! More power to you; just don't try to tell ME what I can eat or how it is raised.

  • Bev

    Well Scroomsgrl, it sounds like from your comment that you have the intelligence of a pig and no compassion. Maybe you should be put in a cage while you are still living and see how you like it. Animals are killed to be eaten, but that does not mean that they need to be treated poorly until they are put down. There are better ways.

  • Saul Goldstein

    Not to be self-righteous or anything but . . .

    New International Version (©1984)
    And the pig, though it has a split hoof completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you.

    New Living Translation (©2007)
    The pig has evenly split hooves but does not chew the cud, so it is unclean.

    English Standard Version (©2001)
    And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you.

    New American Standard Bible (©1995)
    and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you.

    • 'Thor'

      Ro 14:1
      Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
      Ro 14:2
      For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

      BTW Saul, all the versions you used "require written permission to use" or it is against the law. It's a copywrite law and those have it.

    • A Person

      You somewhat know how to quote, good job. This topic has nothing to do with religion. Please take your religious junk elsewhere.

  • annomyous

    I guess I won't be buying any Pork from Walmart for a while….this is so inhumane treatment…let them wonder just like our cows and other animals we eat do….stop with the penning and not allowing movement!

  • Hobjolblyux

    Someday in the realitive near future another world will be looking at the nutritional benefits of the fattened human animal. Like us their desire for pleasure will consume them. The human capitalist will seize the opportunity for financial gain and farm the races for the other world. One race being tastier than another, the perfection of genetic replication will prevail and Walmart will get in on this action too. Indeed it is an "industry wide" "complicated issue". Think of your children's, children raised as fodder for a super species from another world. It's all good.

  • Makin' Bacon

    I guess we are all in this together. Even our best friends are Jews and enjoy a good ole bacon sandwich. How about a Baconator at Wendy's. Oh, that flavorful bacon. I can't keep my mind off of it. Let's hurry to WalMart before all the nuts shut down WalMart's pork market1

  • Jenny

    The protesters are telling people what to eat, they are telling people the Walmart buys there pork from farms that don't humanly treat there pigs. Make sure you you read the article before saying something unintelligent.

  • Mary

    Do You know how we get milk from Cows? They shoot baby calf in the head as soon as they are born so we can have the milk from the Mother Cow . Boy chics are thrown in a grinder after hatching , and baby runt pigs are slammed to the cement to kill them. We love cheap prices , and meat , but the way it is done is disturbing. The videos are hard to watch. There is not easy way to mass produce animals for meat. Change would cost us ALOT of money.

    • 'Thor'

      Mary, everything you said is a lie. I know because I was raised and live on a farm. What you said is a waste of money, period. In other words, you're the victim of brainwashing!!

      • erin

        you grew up on a farm or a cafo? because a cafo is where 98% of your "food" comes from now, including the crap from walmart.

      • 'Thor'

        A farm. Worked fields and have raised everything from rabbits to hogs, including chickens and turkeys. All have been taken to market (slaughterhouse) except the rabbits, which we eat. If you are thinking "free range" no. Our animals have better housing than 2/3 of the world's people do.

  • Christie

    They are protesting the crates the pigs are kept in not the fact that Walmart is selling bacon and other pork products. Animal cruelty is a real issue not just something PETA made up. Research where your food comes from and you will see what they are protesting.

  • to the idiots

    I'm pretty sure the collective IQ at this protest was about 100 points higher than the numbskulls posting idiotic comments on here. Seriously, you probably don't know how stupid you really are, but if you're even THINKING about posting "BACON" (someone will do it in response to this, I guarantee it) you are a complete friggin moron. Keep eating that bacon, and you'll be dead long before the rest of us so we won't have to put up with your bullcrap anymore.

    • 'Thor'

      Wow, you're a bit late to the game, but it is expected. What a bitter, angry person you are. I wonder if you're like Mary above who has zero clue as to what she is talking about? Some of you are filled with propaganda with very little facts. Same is true with the angry anti-gun crowd, just make stuff up. The low-informed don't really know any better. Your name calling does not help your cause or your mission. Point is, eat what you want (vegetarians have a shorter life span) and I'll eat what I want. Why is that not okay? After all, no matter where we stand in ideaology, the living eat the dead. That is life.

  • Julie

    If pigs are so violent with each other that the farmers have to resort to extreme, barbaric confinement methods (gestation crates) & (farrowing crates) that deny species-specific behaviors of the pig, then we shouldn't be raising them for food. Pig Manure Lagoons are making humans sick. Factory farms in the US generate more waste from animals than is made by all humans in the US. There are about 40 diseases that can be transmitted from farm animal manure to humans. Animal waste not only contains pathogens, but also heavy metals, antibiotics, ammonia, nitrates and other chemicals. The reason Farmers use antibiotics on animals is to make them grow faster and to keep them alive in the barbaric conditions; and this is creating superbugs that humans can't fight off with antibiotics. Does your Soul approve of this:

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