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Animal rights group protests pig cruelty at Walmart

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By Sara Belsole

COLUMBUS, GA - An animal rights group making it's way across the country in protest against Walmart stops in Columbus.

Members of Mercy for Animals stood peacefully in front of the Walmart on Airport Thruway Thursday afternoon with a 10-foot-tall inflatable pig.

The group says it is protesting Walmart's pork suppliers' practices of cruelly confining pigs in gestation crates.

The protestors are asking the store to require its pork suppliers to phase out these crates, as Kroger, Safeway, Costco and McDonalds have already done.

"At numerous Walmart pork supplies we documented pregnant pigs confined to filthy metal crates that are so small the animals can't even turn around and are barely able to move for nearly their entire lives. These crates are so cruel they have actually been  banned in 9 US states, yet Walmart continues to sell pork from factories who use them," Phil Letten, National Campaign Coordinator for Mercy for Animals, says.

In a statement, Walmart spokesperson says, "This is a complicated issue and there are different points of view. We hold our suppliers to the highest standards and do not tolerate animal mistreatment."

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