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Group protests Walmart pork suppliers treatment of pigs

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

On Friday, protesters outside of a Tyler Walmart said they were taking a stand against animal abuse.

The group Mercy for Animals claims their own undercover investigation revealed Walmart pork suppliers keeping injured pigs in what they call inhumane crates.

The 10 foot tall inflatable pig, with open wounds and sores painted on its body, represents the pigs that Mercy for Animals says are being mistreated by Walmart pork suppliers.

"The hidden cost of Walmart's cheap pork is blatant animal abuse. Numerous Mercy for Animals investigations have revealed pregnant pigs confined to filthy metal crates so small that they can't turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives. They have large open wounds and sores and they're covered in lesions," says Jeni Haines, with Mercy for Animals.

Haines is on a national tour, going from Walmart to Walmart asking the corporation to end the sale of crated pork.

"Many major food suppliers including McDonald's, Safeway, Burger King, Kroger and many of Walmart's other competitors have already begun to phase out cruel gestation crates," says Haines.

We reached out to Walmart Friday morning for comment asking if any of the allegations regarding their pork suppliers and gestation crates were true. Walmart did not respond.

"Pigs are highly intelligent, social creatures and they're just as smart as the dogs and cats we have at home and know and love. To deprive [the pigs] of everything that is natural to them and to fill their lives with misery and deprivation is something that we can prevent," says Haines.

Mercy for Animals is a non-profit organization founded in 1999. If you'd like to read more about their investigations into the treatment of animals, click here.

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