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Wal-Mart: Harms Animals, Ignores Science (With Video)

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There is a battle going on between animal protection advocates and the pork industry over "gestation crates," the 2-foot by 7-foot cages that confine about 80 percent of the United States' 5.5 million breeding pigs.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:18 am
( Photo Credit: Huffington Post - Green) Picture of: Julia, in a gestation crate, moments before gaining her freedom:

There is a battle going on between animal protection advocates and the pork industry over "gestation crates," the 2-foot by 7-foot cages that confine about 80 percent of the United States' 5.5 million breeding pigs. In these crates, pregnant pigs are unable to engage in most of their most important natural behaviors. They're never able to turn around or even lie down comfortably, day and night, for their entire lives.

Over the past decade, nine states have banned the crates -- most recently, Rhode Island, after lobbying by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the ASPCA, and Farm Sanctuary. Building on our legislative success, HSUS has convinced a long list of corporate behemoths to phase out the systems, from Smithfield Foods, Oscar Mayer, and Hormel to Costco and Burger King.

When a practice is so cruel that Smithfield Foods agrees it has to go, you have to wonder who might be foolish (and heartless) enough to defend it. In fact, the humane community's campaign has been so successful that a former stalwart defender of crates, agricultural scientist Ted Friend from Texas A&M, has called on pork producers to stop their "kicking and screaming" and to recognize that a crate phase-out is simply "another inevitable change."

Enter Wal-Mart, denier of science and defender of cruelty to animals -- as Mercy for Animals documented in their investigation into a Wal-Mart supplier. The following video shows in graphic detail just how bad these crates really are. Please watch.

I've attempted several times, without success, to secure a response from Wal-Mart concerning their continued use of gestation crates in their supply chain. In an online response to the allegations of abuse, the company calls crate use "a complicated issue" with tenable arguments "on both sides." This statement simply isn't true, and it ignores the findings of scientific studies on the effects of gestation crate confinement on pigs.

The Scientific Consensus
The science is not in dispute: immobilization of pigs in crates is highly damaging for them, both mentally and physically.

There are a host of physical problems that result from crate confinement, each of which represents extreme suffering for pigs. First, the animals' muscles and bones waste away so severely from lack of use that walking becomes excruciating; even standing up can be painful. Second, because the animals rub against the bars of their crates and lie in their own excrement all day and night, they suffer painful ammonia burns on their skin, and their lungs become raw from breathing putrid air. Third, the animals are in a constant state of starvation because they are fed about half of what they would normally consume. Fourth, due to lack of exercise and decreased water consumption, many sows suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are associated with a high mortality rate. For source information on each of these issues, check out this scientific report from the Humane Society of the United States.

The situation is no better in terms of the animals' mental health: Pigs have cognitive and emotional capacities beyond those of dogs, and, in some areas, they outperform even chimpanzees. So it's no surprise that they suffer mental and emotional anguish when they're unable to move for most of their lives. Meat industry consultant Dr. Temple Grandin states unequivocally what the science proves -- that other animals need companionship every bit as much as humans do; they love to play, they experience joy, and more. Every one of these natural desires is impossible to experience when they are confined in tiny crates. The relentless stress and frustration routinely leads to mental instability in these animals, who chew maniacally on the bars in frustration causing their mouths to bleed from cuts and sores.

At Farm Sanctuary, we spend our lives with farm animals, and we wouldn't eat them regardless of their treatment prior to slaughter. There is no moral or rational difference between consuming a dog or a pig, a cat or a chicken.

But we also work to eliminate the worst abuses of farm animals, and it's hard to imagine anything worse than gestation crates; immobilizing animals for their entire lives qualifies, without a touch of hyperbole, as torture.

Please take action now to pressure Wal-Mart to stop its support for cruelty to animals.
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By: Bruce Friedrich | Green Huffington Post |

Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives, Farm Sanctuary


Yulan Lawson (156)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:33 pm
Thanks for the heads up. I've signed a petition on this. We need to know what's really going on.

samantha l (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:41 pm
So horrible. Is it so much to ask for people to show compassion towards each other and other living creatures?

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:43 pm
Wal-Mart: just another tool in the corporate oligarchy's agenda to destroy all life on this planet. What can one do with people who value profit over survival?

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:21 pm
to answer Brians question : Fight to the bone and boycott wherever one can.
Thx Kit, I don't think I want to see that video.

pam w (139)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:24 pm
That's VERY HARD to see!

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:38 pm

Shop at Wal mart and your are a part of the problem not the solution. Think very carefully about how you spend your dollars.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 5:40 pm

I couldn't watch the video myself, for those who have never seen this, it should be watched, there are lessons to be learned.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:49 am
Don't shop at Walmart, be a part of the solution. All creatures should be treated humanely, not tortured in the name of "food". If I had my way, every single Walmart would be turned into a tree....

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:53 am

Seems to me that where there is a Wal mart there once were trees, How fitting to send them back to that.

Susanne R (235)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:39 pm
All my life I've heard the old saying "money (aka 'greed') is the root of all evil." These examples of what people (and SCOTUS has decreed that "corporations" are "people") will do for money proves that the old adage is true. Inflicting such pain and misery on any living being for the sake of making a profit is deplorable!

Thanks for posting this, Kit! I wish the WalMart heirs, Board of Directors, and shareholders could spend a day in the pens to see what it's like for the poor animals. Unfortunately, I think such an experience would be wasted on them. They'd probably just end up feeling sorry for themselves.

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:17 pm

Actually, from what we do know about the Walton family, they wouldn't feel a thing. Too drunk and too drugged. It's the pursuit of money, the quest for money that serves no purpose other than personal glory that seems to be the source of ill deeds. Money is just an object, we humans give it value, use it well or for nothing more self aggrandizement. The measure is not in how much money, but how that money is put to use.

Traci Phillips (2)
Monday February 4, 2013, 1:07 am
Walmart is really Satan's convenience store - You can buy high powered assault riffles, junk
food, ozone layer killing household products and ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine
all in one shopping trip. I'm not shocked that they defend this cruel act, as well.

Lynda Mcleod (2)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 4:40 am
I haven't stepped into a Walmart for many many years, how they treat their employees, was the beginning of my decision not to support their stores. The more I hear about their policies the more I am happy about my decision not to walk into a Walmart. Thank goodness there is only 1 where I live!

N R C (8)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:21 pm
Hey Walmart are you listening???? I'M Facebooking this one. and I'm not shopping at your store of horrors any more. shame on you.

BA R (6)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:22 pm
Walmart doesn't care, and the FDA doesn't care, just like the FDA doesn't care about the "Pink Slime" in our meats. Walmart is just down right selfish money mongers.......I'm already Boycotting their stores because of their socialist ways...........just about all of their non perishables are made in China, they even sell canned fish from China! They don't care, they just ignore. All they want is your money, more money, mo money. Remember when they boasted "made in America"? Lies lies lies. and they know all the loopholes to get around their misdeeds. crooks, criminals, and blood suckers. arrrgh !
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