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Walmart and Pig Cruelty

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Last year I remember telling my friend Gerry that I was  disappointed that he bought my then needed converter box for  my TV from Walmart's.  I really don't even remember why I  had become so disenchanted with them then, but I certainly  know now. and I have more than one reason  for not shopping  there anymore.
 
I am sure that you are aware as I that these very rich
Walmart family owners don't believe in sharing their wealth.
I understand that the salaries of Walmart employees are sub- standard.  When workers have protested and picketed their  stores, I believe they lost their jobs.
 
I hope you believe as I in unions which help workers get just
wages and health benefits. Obviously, Walmart does not.  Yes,  we want cheap goods -but at the price of a less than decent  living wage for its employees?
 
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PIG FARM ANIMAL CRUELTY
 
As an ethical vegan, I try to avoid any stores which condone
animal cruelty.  Of course, that's difficult -almost impossible,  but I do try.
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Today Mercy for Animals sent us an e-mail entitled WALMART  CRUELTY with the sub title - New MFA Investigation Exposes Walmart Pork Supplier.  With the thousands and thousands  of Walmart stores nationwide, you know that that must equate  into a lot of pig suffering.
 
I didn't have to click onto its video with an introductory
picture showing a gloved hand painfully grabbing a young pig  by the neck. I have seen enough of  farm animal cruelty videos  like this one to last me a lifetime.  I only wish that people  who still feel they need to eat the tortured products of these   poor defenseless farm animals would view  them. Hopefully, they  would come to the same realization and conclusion of those of  us who have become vegan as a result.  
 
We decided that we don't need to eat meat.   Sadly though for  the animals, we are still in the minority and most people seem  to choose to ignore farm animal suffering.  
 
I hope that Pope Francis would view the video. Does he already  know about farm animal cruelty?  How could he not?  Is he  a meat eater?  Probably. If so, until he changes his lifestyle  in this regard, I guess I cannot hold him in the high esteem  I would wish to.        
 
This video was secretly recorded by a Mercy for Animals'
investigator at a Pipestone System factory farm. It shows how  this Walmart pork supplier allows the systematic torture of  mother pigs and their piglets.  And this is the THIRD time MFA  has found unconscionable animal cruelty at a factory farm  supplying pork to Walmart.
 
If you can't bear to watch the video or are not concerned
enough to find it on the internet, I hope you will at least
read MFA's written account re  the horrific abuse to innocent
living beings:
 
 
"Thousands of mother pigs are confined to filthy, metal gestation  crates so small they are unable to even turn around or lie down  comfortably for nearly their ENTIRE lives.
 
Workers beating, throwing, slapping. hitting and screaming
obsenities at pigs.
 
Workers slamming piglets into the ground and leaving them to  suffer and slowly die.
 
Workers ripping out the testicles and slicing off the tails of
fully conscious piglets without the use of any painkillers."
 
 
Anyone with an ounce of compassion should be horrified by this  cruelty.  I hope you, the reader is.  I hope you will decide that  it is time to take a compassionate stance and will stop buying  pork at Walmarts. Don't think - it won't make a difference. If enough people object to the pork Walmart is buying and selling,  the loss of sales may make them find more compassionate pig  farms.     
 
Imagine -Randy Spronk, the president of the National Pork Producers  Council owns the factory farm which MFA investigated.  You can well  imagine what this means to all the other factory farms across the  country.  In plain terms- it means they can also do whatever they  want with impunity to these poor defensless animals, and until we,  as a people, decide enough is enough - this cruelty will continue  unabated. 
 
Thankfully, MFA's evidence was given to the local law enforcement,  and they have raided the factory farm- launching a criminal  investigation into animal cruelty.  The case is ongoing.
 
I hope and pray that this investigation will bear fruit, and that this  factory farm from hell will be dismantled. Of course, my prayers our  grandiose.  They will probably just get a fine, so if you REALLY want  things to improve for the pigs and other farm animals, you will just  have to stop eating them.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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I have been concerned about animal suffering ever since
I received my first puppy Peaches in 1975. She made me take a good look at the animal kingdom and I was shocked to see how badly we treat so many animals. At 77, I've been a vegan for the (more...)
 

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