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The pig protectors

(article, Culinate staff)

The latest thorn in Walmart's side is an activist nonprofit called Mercy for Animals. The organization has started a website, dubbed Walmart Cruelty, that targets the megaretailer's industrial pork supply. (Be warned: the website features some truly shocking video footage.) 

MFA protesters have demonstrated at Walmart stores in Chattanooga and Nebraska, and have started a pig-cruelty petition that, so far, has garnered more than 88,000 signatures.

Other campaigners have put up similar petitions, including petitions asking Domino's Pizza, Hormel, and Johnsonville Sausage to end the use of pig gestation crates.

As the Chattanooga Times Free Press_ noted, the tide already seems to be turning against pig gestation crates: "Nine states have banned the use of gestation crates, including Arizona, Ohio and Michigan. Some retailers, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Kroger and Costo, have agreed not to use gestation crates."

Walmart, of course, is the big kahuna. Mercy for Animals picked Walmart, according to the paper, for just this reason: "The group is targeting Walmart because the company is a leading retailer with the power to change the supply chain, Letten said. He’s got 22 more stops in his national tour. 'But,' he said, 'we’ll cut the tour short if Walmart does the right thing.'"