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Petitioning Walmart and 12 others

It's Time For Walmart's Board of Directors To Stop the Torture of Pigs

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Two of the country’s largest pork producers – Smithfield Farms and Tyson Foods – have just announced they want to get rid of gestation crates, small narrow stalls used to confine mother pigs on factory farms. More than 60 major food providers, including Walmart competitors like Costco and Target, have already committed to getting rid of pork from gestation crates. Yet Walmart continues to buy from farms that use these inherently cruel crates.

Imagine spending years crammed in a barren metal crate so small you can’t even turn around. Imagine having nothing to lie on but cold concrete, night after night, for your entire life. We don’t even treat prisoners this way, but Walmart continues to condone this type of cruel treatment of innocent pigs in its pork supply chain. 

Pork sold at Walmart comes from factory farms where mother pigs are locked inside gestation crates. In these tiny, narrow crates, mother pigs are denied everything that comes naturally to them. They will never see the sun, breathe fresh air, feel the grass beneath their feet, or do anything that makes life even remotely worth living.

Because pigs are so smart – perhaps even smarter than cats and dogs – when crammed in gestation crates they often go insane from the stress, abuse, and lack of stimulation. Some will bite the bars of their cage until their teeth shatter. Others lie depressed and motionless on the ground all day, their intelligent, social minds broken by the misery of confinement.

How do we know that Walmart’s pork suppliers treat pigs this way? Because we’ve seen it again, and again, and again, and again. Whisteblowers have captured this type of horrific cruelty year after year, at Walmart supplier after Walmart supplier.

It’s time for Walmart’s Board of Directors to take a stand and commit to no longer purchasing pork from factory farms that use gestation crates. 

Please stick up for mother pigs by signing the petition and urging Walmart’s Board of Directors to take action. The time is now for Walmart to take a stand against this barbaric, outdated practice.

Thank you.

Mercy For Animals

WalmartCruelty.com

Letter to
Walmart
Walmart Board of Directors Linda Wolf
Walmart Board of Directors Douglas Daft
and 10 others
Walmart Board of Directors Rob Walton
Walmart Board of Directors Gregory Penner
Walmart Board of Directors Aida Alvarez
Walmart Board of Directors James I. Cash, Jr.
Walmart Board of Directors Jim Walton
Walmart Board of Directors Steven Reinemund
Walmart Board of Directors Marissa Mayer
Walmart Board of Directors Christopher J. Williams
Walmart
Walmart Board of Directors H. Lee Scott
Last week, two of the country's largest pork producers - Smithfield Farms and Tyson Foods - announced plans to remove "gestation crates" from their pork supply chain. Gestation crates are small metal stalls used to confine mother pigs on some factory farms. The crates are so tiny that mother pigs cannot turn around, walk, or even lie down comfortably.

Because pigs are so smart – perhaps even smarter than cats and dogs – when crammed in gestation crates they often go insane from the stress, abuse, and lack of stimulation. Some will bite the bars of their cage until their teeth shatter. Others lie depressed and motionless on the ground all day, their intelligent, social minds broken by the misery of confinement.

Gestation crates are so cruel that they have been banned in nine states and dozens of countries. In addition to Smithfield and Tyson, dozens of major retailers - including Walmart competitors like Costco, Target, Safeway, Kroger, and others - have committed to phasing gestation crates out of their supply chains. Walmart Canada has also committed to ending its use of crates. Walmart U.S. is the last major retailer still clinging to this outdated, barbaric practice.

It's time for Walmart to issue a public plan to end the use of gestation crates in its supply chain. Please take action now to bring Walmart back in line with the rest of the industry on this important animal welfare issue.