Shocking Video: Walmart Pork Supplier Caught Abusing Pigs

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Published on 17 Jul 2012 by 

Are your Walmart purchases funding animal abuse? Bob Barker issues a consumer warning following a new Mercy For Animals investigation revealing blatant animal cruelty at a Walmart pork supplier. See the secretly recorded video.


Speak Out Against Walmart’s Cruelty to Pigs

Do you think it’s acceptable to cram an animal into a crate so small she can’t even turn around, lie down comfortably, walk, run, play, or engage in other basic behaviors? Walmart does.In fact, the pork sold at Walmart comes from factory farms where pregnant pigs spend nearly their entire lives locked in narrow, metal gestation crates—cages barely larger than their own bodies.

How do I know? Because I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I am an investigator with Mercy For Animals, and for more than two months I worked undercover at Christensen Farms, a factory farm that supplies pork to Walmart. The misery and abuse that I witnessed at this factory farm will haunt me for the rest of my life.

Thousands of pregnant pigs were confined to barren metal crates barely larger than their own bodies. These pigs could not turn around. They could not walk. They could not even lie down comfortably. I saw pigs with open wounds and bloody pressure sores from rubbing against the bars of their metal cages or lying on hard concrete. Pigs would constantly ram their heads against their tiny stalls or spend day after day, hour after hour, biting the bars of their cages out of frustration. These intelligent and social animals would go insane from boredom and stress.

While all of the abuses I witnessed at Christensen Farms were horrific, the use of gestation crates for pregnant pigs is perhaps the cruelest factory farming practice in the world. In fact, gestation crates are so cruel they have been banned in nine US states, as well as in the entire European Union.

Recognizing their inherent cruelty, major food providers, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and Chipotle, and major grocery retailers, including Safeway, Kroger, Kmart, Costco and Whole Foods, have all started demanding their suppliers do away with these cruel crates. But Walmart continue to support blatant animal abuse by selling pork from suppliers who confine pigs in tiny crates.

I am asking that you help the pigs whose suffering I witnessed, as well as the millions of others across the nation who are subjected to similar abuses. Please take a moment to sign my petition urging Walmart to do the right thing and demand their pork suppliers stop confining pigs in cruel gestation crates.

Thank you.

Undercover Investigator

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“I have just found the following article, which links to this video & decided it should be posted with the above. I can’t post the findings due to copyright but basically its as follows:-

A panel of farm animal care specialists established to analyze undercover video investigations at livestock farms has completed a review of an investigation posted on the internet on July 16, 2012 by the group Mercy For Animals’.

 “Please read the following article below in full, in the mean time, here are a couple of  snippets!!!” .

* Overall, these animals were well taken care of. There were no signs of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect. The sows were clean, free of lesions, calm and in good condition.”

“No signs of abuse or cruelty?? So having injuries, sores, prolapse’s & smashing piglets on concrete…is ok, its standard practice?? WT…It’s barbaric & for so-called professionals to say it’s ok is disgusting…so if this is industry standard, I assume it goes on in all pig farms & it’s all legal & above-board!! This is one reason why I don’t eat meat”

*Castration/Tail Docking – The panel members agreed the methods shown in the video were standard practice and commonly accepted as proper procedure.

“So we have to assume it’s fair & proper to deny piglets of anesthetic, while parts of their bodies are torn out, how bloody cruel is that… but again, these are the experts…this is standard practice & legal. Well I think it’s stinks of animal abuse!! “

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Piglets allegedly used as live bait by Coimadai ‘pigging’ dog breeder

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AN ANIMAL activist fears a Coimadai property is being used to illegally breed and sell “pigging dogs” with live piglets being used as bait.

Animal rights campaigner Debra Tranter, who secretly visited the property after a tip-off, claimed litters of staghound-cross puppies were being kept in small wire cages with mature dogs chained to caravans.

Moorabool Council and the RSPCA have visited the property and are investigating the claims.

Ms Tranter said she found a dead dog, believed to be a Staffordshire terrier, on the property but could not find any wounds or bullet marks.

She said the property owner was advertising and sellinghuntingpuppies online, and she provided the Weekly and the council with evidence of this.

Ms Tranter said there was a horde of wild pigs and piglets being kept in a small hut, many riddled with open wounds and shredded ears.

“I am very, very concerned about what is happening to these pigs,” she said.

“These pigs are clearly not being used for food or to sell to slaughterhouses. People don’t usually breed and sell wild pigs.

These pigs had battle wounds, many with shredded, bloody and infected ears and one had its whole ear ripped off.”

Ms Tranter said she believed the feral pigs were being used to train hunting dogs, with pups taught to latch on to the pigs’ ears and rip them to the ground.

Council spokesman Peter Forbes said the property could be in breach of local permit conditions and state laws governing animal management.

He confirmed council officers had visited the property more than once and found 28 dogs, but the owner could not be contacted.

Mr Forbes said the owner had a planning permit, obtained in June 2008, to keep 15 dogs.

“If found to be non-compliant, appropriate action will be taken,” he said.

RSPCA spokeswoman Kristen Vear confirmed the organisation had assisted council’s compliance officers on a visit to the property and that 28 dogs were found on site. She said the RSPCA has visited the site once before, in 2009.

“[Our] role in this particular case was to ensure the welfare of the animals and investigate any breaches to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” she said.

“Moorabool Council will be following up any code of practice violations under the Domestic Animals Act.”

She said no cruelty charges had been laid, but the RSPCA’s investigation was continuing.

The property’s owner, who asked not to be named, told the Weekly he took in unwanted dogs to be rehoused and only bred a litter once a year.

He said the 28 dogs which the RSPCA counted included dogs owned by friends who were visiting from NSW.

“I have a permit to have 15 dogs. All of our dogs are in good health and we rehome unwanted dogs,” he said. “I teach them obedience. Our pigs are used for our own consumption.

Last year, the RSPCA’s NSW branch launched a public campaign condemning wild pig hunts using dogs after the Game Council of NSW called for expressions of interest from ‘‘suitable hunters’’ to take part in a trial using dogs to hunt feral pigs in state forests.

The NSW Greens labelled it a “blood sport.”

The RSPCA warned pigs could suffer ‘‘considerable’’ pain in the jaws of the dogs, and that dogs could suffer injuries from wild boars’ tusks.

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