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August 13, 2013

Opening Hearts in Columbia

Our stop in Columbia, Missouri, marks the final stop of the Walmart Cruelty Tour. Twelve weeks and stops in 59 cities have opened countless eyes to the horrific plight faced by pigs confined for life in gestation crates. People touched by our campaign are left to ponder their relationship with animals and food, and to consider the ways in which they can extend compassion to all living beings. 

This tour has had a tremendous impact that has not only placed intense pressure on a megaretailer poised to alter an entire industry, but has persuaded innumerable Americans to view animals as sentient beings, sensitive to their environments and the abuses they endure. 

Columbia was a fabulous final stop for the tour, and the city welcomed us with open hearts and minds as we gave a voice to pigs. Onlookers waved and honked in solidarity with our campaign to implement more compassionate policies for pigs. This warm and open-armed town was exceptionally receptive to our message of empathy. A clear and powerful message has been sent to Walmart's executives: the time to change their cruel policies is now.

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Today we arrived on the scene at the Ottumwa Walmart as a fierce force for pigs. The demonstration drew fantastic media coverage from the local CBS affiliate. Even the correspondent was shocked to learn about the standard factory farming practices that define the darkest corners of the American food system and expressed fervent support for the campaign. Ottumwa is the country's hog slaughter capital, so it's particularly important that citizens learn about Walmart's shameful lack of animal welfare standards. We leave Ottumwa feeling inspired by the tremendous response from the city.
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We stood strong outside of Walmart in Sioux City, Iowa, to speak out for pigs. ABC, FOX, and a local radio station widely publicized the issue to citizens. A counterprotester arrived on the scene to voice his distaste for the campaign, but our presence was strong and our message was heard. Our stop in Harrisburg marks another successful demonstration with countless more minds opened to the suffering of pigs. Onward we go to continue this fight!
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Mercy For Animals stood in opposition to Walmart's horrible abuse of pigs outside of the local superstore in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The demonstration brought forth a remarkable show of support from consumers and attracted attention from several local media outlets, including coverage from NBC, ABC, and the city's local newspaper, the Argus Leader.
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Fargo, North Dakota, received a wakeup call today regarding the horrific treatment of pigs by Walmart pork suppliers. Joined by a team of incredible local activists, we called on Walmart to fulfill its ethical responsibility as the world's largest retailer to ensure more humane living conditions for the pigs raised by its pork suppliers. Our demonstration attracted a frenzy of media attention, including television coverage from a Fargo station and the local affiliates of FOX and ABC. Two local radio stations conducted live interviews and a reporter from the Fargo Forum also arrived on the scene to cover the event. We leave Fargo feeling encouraged by its tremendously positive response to our message of compassion.
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The Walmart Cruelty Tour hit Duluth and local media outlets could hardly get enough of the scoop behind the giant inflatable pig that stood in front of their local Walmart. We received excellent coverage from NBC, ABC, the Duluth News Tribune, and the Hermantown Star. Locals who stopped to inquire about the protest were outraged when they learned the tragic truth about Walmart pork. Duluth has joined the ranks of other influential cities nationwide in demanding that Walmart immediately adopt more compassionate policies for pigs.
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August 7, 2013

Making Waves in Mankato

We trekked our way to Mankato, Minnesota, where we turned plenty of heads outside the local Walmart. With the help of our giant inflatable pig, we evoke shock and sadness whenever we inform people about the harsh reality faced by pigs raised for Walmart pork. Mankato's local television news station and three local radio stations offered excellent coverage of the event. After an onsite interview with KMSU radio, we were invited for a live, in-station interview as well as a recorded Spanish-language interview to be aired later in the week. Our stop in Mankato marked another highly successful day for the Walmart Cruelty Tour!
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Today we raised our voices in front of Walmart in Rochester, Minnesota, alerting one more city to Walmart's horrific abuse of pigs. Countless drivers who witnessed the display honked in support and the event attracted several local media outlets. Reporters from CBS, ABC, and the Post Bulletin, Rochester's major newspaper, came out to cover our demonstration and conduct interviews. Through these channels, thousands more individuals will be exposed to the gruesome reality faced by pigs on factory farms and our call for immediate change will resonate even further.
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Shoppers in La Crosse, Wisconsin, were caught off guard when we inflated our giant pig outside of their local Walmart store. Of course, she represents the thousands of pigs who live miserable lives in cramped confinement each year. The local CBS affiliate came out to document the protest, and to help deliver our message that it's high time Walmart ended its abuse of these sentient, intelligent, and social creatures by demanding its pork suppliers phase out the use of cruel gestation crates.
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The demonstration in Rockford was a tremendous success, awakening citizens to the urgent need to stop Walmart's unconscionable abuse of pigs. We drew media attention from the Rockford Register Star and the local CBS, NBC, and FOX/ABC affiliates. The television coverage reached thousands of evening news viewers with footage of the undercover investigation that sparked this campaign. It was another excellent day for the Walmart Cruelty Tour.
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