Bakersfield protestors say Walmart 'Tortures Pigs'

Sign: 'Walmart profits from animal abuse'

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Local animal rights activists, along with national nonprofit Mercy For Animals, held a demonstration outside Walmart on Colony St. with a giant inflatable pig to call attention to Walmart's pork suppliers practice of confining pregnant sows to small gestation crates for most of their lives.

In July, an undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals exposed shocking animal abuse at a major Walmart pork supplier, however, Walmart has refused to follow the lead of retailers like Costco, Kroger, and Safeway, all of whom have agreed that gestation crates are inherently cruel.
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23ABC was contacted by Wal-Mart Corporate Communications' spokesperson Danit Marquardt who said:
“This is a complicated issue. We’re listening closely to points of view from farmers, food manufacturers, 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.”
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