Animal Activists Protest Cruelty to Pigs Outside Walmart in Maplewood

Categories: Education, Meat

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Kaitlin Steinberg
Well, the giant, inflatable pig covered in sores and dirt was cuter than we imagined.

Local animal-rights activists joined members of the national animal rights organization Mercy for Animals today in front of the Maplewood Commons Walmart just off South Hanley Road in protest of Walmart's practice of confining pregnant pigs in small crates on its factory farms.

Gut Check heard there'd be a ten-foot-tall inflatable pig covered in bloody sores and people holding up signs in protest, so we were there. Again, the pig was way cuter and more pathetic than we'd anticipated, which was great for the cause. But it also made us feel bad about that pulled pork we ate yesterday.

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Kaitlin Steinberg
We spoke with Phil Letten, national campaign manager for L.A.-based Mercy for Animals about today's protest.

"We've documented at numerous Walmart pork suppliers the extreme confinement of pregnant pigs in crates so small they can't even turn around, they can barely lie down, and they're virtually immobilized inside these crates," Letten says. "This is blatant animal abuse that Walmart shouldn't be tolerating."

To get their point across, Letten and about a dozen other individuals stood on the sidewalk of Hanley Road in front of the Walmart industrial complex, holding signs with disturbing photos of pigs in crates. They didn't yell or wave their arms. They just stood there and let the photos (and the giant inflatable pig) do the talking.

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suetoo
suetoo

Sometime when you get a few minutes, watch the Temple Grandin Story.  She's the autistic woman who did a redesign on slaughterhouses, to make them more humane and to make the loading processes easier for the workers.  I know it sounds wonky, but it's a very good, if odd, movie.  The story is about her overcoming autism, but the slaughterhouse design is a subtext.

Microbiology is in it's infancy.  We sort of know that animal antibiotics aren't good for us.  We just can''t quite pinpoint how they're bad, outside of the obvious thing that is where bacteria strains are becoming resistant to them.  That leads to one of us infected with a thing that can't be cured with time tested drugs.

What is less well known is how it affects us to eat meat that is awash in stress hormones.  In the next 100 years, medicine will probably make significant advances in that area.  What's scary is that someone could learn in that time that eating meat that's full of hormones of all kinds is like drinking water from downstream of an outhouse.  It LOOKS fine, but is it?

It's not that I think it's OK to abuse animals; this is in reply to the trolls on here who seem to think that it is.

carey529
carey529

these people have WAY too much time on their hands!

Jay Binder
Jay Binder

mmm bacon sale! but i don't want to go to wamart

suzy89222
suzy89222

@carey529 Or maybe some people care that animals as smart, social, and loving as dogs are tortured for a food that isnt even good for us.

carey529
carey529

@suzy89222 @carey529 

if it wasn't good for us, people would've stopped eating pork thousands of years ago, dear.

as for loving???? you obviously haven't spent any time around pigs.

wanna love a pig, have at it...i have JUST as much right to not, whether you, or your peta pals like it or not....the only difference being, i don't try to cram my belief down your throat!

have a nice day

animalaw
animalaw

@carey529no. these people don't have "too much time on their hands" in fact, they MAKE the time in their busy schedules to speak out against abuse. Would you say that people in the civil rights movement "had too much time on their hands"? and would you also be so condescending as to call them "dear" on a topic that you know nothing about? There is vast scientific information on what animal protein does to the human body. And ultimately, even if eating dead pigs was healthy, which it most certainly is not, the article talks about "gestation crates". You didn't read the article very well (or at all). "Basically every major food provider in the country has committed to phasing out these crates except for Walmart, and we think it's unacceptable," Letten says. "We're calling on Walmart to do away with one of the cruelest factory-farm practices in existence by ending the sale of traded pork." So please, no one is shoving any "beliefs" down your throat, just plain, documented facts. Try it sometime.

suzy89222
suzy89222

@carey529 @suzy89222 You think bacon and sausage are good for us? I will let you keep on believing that and you can enjoy your heart disease and earlier death. It's justice for the pigs.

Yes, I've spent time around pigs. If they are treated well, they are social and loving. It's in confined, unnatural environments where they can be aggressive, aside from occasional other incidences. Dogs can be aggressive at times as well.

I don't like PETA, and I"m not sure what makes you think that I do. Most animal rights activists don't. I'm also not sure how refuting an ignorant statement on an internet forum constitutes shoving beliefs down someone's throat.


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