Walmart’s torture of pigs is a real American horror story. Driven mad from boredom and stress, pregnant pigs confined to filthy gestation crates endure nightmarish conditions I would not wish on my worst enemies. Walmart must stop supporting cruel gestation crates.
Hello, I’m James Cromwell, and I just narrated the latest undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals at a major Walmart pork supplier. What I saw in this video is a living nightmare. And it has got to stop!
At Walmart pork suppliers, thousands of pregnant pigs spend nearly their entire lives crammed into cages so small they can barely move. They can’t turn around, walk or even lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives.
In the video, pigs can be seen constantly ramming their heads against their tiny stalls out of stress and frustration. These intelligent and social animals are literally driven mad from sheer boredom and lack of stimulation.
Animal welfare experts around the world agree that these crates are inherently cruel and should be phased out. In fact, gestation crates are so cruel they have been banned in nine U.S. states, as well as in the entire European Union.
Responding to consumer concerns, nearly every major food provider in the country, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Chipotle, Safeway, Kroger, Kmart and Costco, have demanded their suppliers do away with these cruel crates. Even Walmart Canada has agreed to phase out gestation crates.
But not Walmart in the United States.
Walmart continues to support this blatant animal abuse by selling pork from suppliers who confine pigs in tiny crates.
Please, help me put a stop to this. Take a moment to sign my Change.org petition urging Walmart to do the right thing and demand their pork suppliers stop confining pigs in cruel gestation crates.
- President and CEO, Walmart International
- President and CEO, Walmart U.S.
- Fred Bedore
- President and Chief Executive Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
- Frank Yiannas
I am appalled to learn that yet another undercover investigation has exposed sickening cruelty to animals at a Walmart pork supplier.
One of the most disturbing practices uncovered is the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs in “gestation crates”—narrow metal cages so small the animals can’t even turn around, lie down comfortably, walk, play or do nearly anything that comes naturally to them. Confining pregnant pigs in filthy, fly-infested cages barely larger than their bodies is blatant cruelty to animals. It has no place in a civilized society. The abuse of pigs at your pork suppliers is absolutely unacceptable.
When will Walmart join Costco, Safeway, Kmart and virtually every other retailer in the country in taking a stand against inherently cruel gestation crates? Even Walmart in Canada has committed to ending the use of these barbaric crates. When will you?
Until your company decides to do the right thing, I will be taking my business elsewhere.
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