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Babe Star Helps Launch MFA's National Campaign Against Walmart

On Tuesday, Academy Award-nominee James Cromwell, best known for his role as farmer Hoggett in Babe, joined Mercy For Animals outside a Los Angeles Walmart to protest cruelty to pigs. The larger-than-life demonstration - featuring a 10-foot-tall blood- and sore-covered pig locked in a filthy gestation crate - was attended by dozens of caring MFA supporters and marked the launch of a national campaign tour with stops planned at over 70 Walmart stores across the country.

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Newly released hidden-camera footage secretly recorded at Christensen Farms, a Walmart pork supplier, reveals pregnant pigs confined for nearly their entire lives in fly-infested crates barely larger than their own bodies, pigs suffering from bloody open wounds and infections, and piglets being slammed headfirst into the ground and having their testicles ripped out and tails cut off without painkillers. This latest investigation corroborates the findings of other investigations at Walmart pork suppliers, including MFA's investigation at Iowa Select Farms last year.

walmart demo-5899.jpgAlthough standard for Walmart pork producers, the practice of confining sensitive, intelligent, and social pigs into tiny gestation crates has been widely condemned by veterinarians and animal welfare experts, including Dr. Temple Grandin, who is considered the leading farmed animal welfare expert in the country.

Recognizing their inherent cruelty, major food providers, including McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, and Chipotle, and major grocery retailers, including Safeway, Kroger, and Whole Foods, have all started demanding their suppliers do away with these cruel crates.

Yet Walmart continues to support animal abuse--buying pork from suppliers that condemn intelligent and social animals to a lifetime of misery and deprivation inside tiny gestation crates.

walmart demo-5935.jpgIn an effort to garner attention and support for this important campaign, MFA's National Campaign Coordinator Phil Letten has embarked on a tour to Walmart stores in more than 70 cities across the country over the next few months - and he needs your help! Click here for more information about upcoming tour dates and how you can get involved.

In the meantime, please help stop this blatant cruelty to animals by contacting Walmart's executives and telling them you won't shop in their stores until they ditch cruel gestation crates.

  • Call Walmart at: 1-800-925-6278
  • Spread the word

While Walmart has the moral obligation and purchasing power to lessen the cruelty suffered by the millions of pigs who are raised and killed for pork sold in its stores, consumers also hold enormous power of their own in preventing animal abuse by adopting a compassionate, vegan diet.