Animal Rights Group Protests Walmart Pork Producers

An animal rights group used a giant inflatable pig to get its message out that one retailer is buying pork from suppliers who use questionable practices.

Members of Mercy For Animals were in front of the Greenville Walmart this morning, asking the chain to require its pork suppliers to stop the practice of confining pregnant pigs in narrow crates. The group says other big name companies, like Kroger, Safeway and McDonald's, have recently stopped the practice.

About 10 protestors stood with signs out in front of the Greenville Boulevard location, along with the 10 foot high inflatable pig that was locked in a narrow crate. The group says pork sold in Walmart stores come from pigs that are "abused, neglected, and sentenced to lives of extreme confinement" and it wanted the store's customers to know with the protest.

Mercy For Animals is headquartered in Los Angeles.

In a statement to WITN, Walmart says it's a complicated issue as they listen to views from the farmers, food manufacturers, animal rights groups and customers. The company says it does not tolerate animal mistreatment.

"We are currently engaged with pork suppliers, food safety experts and other organizations to work towards an industry-wide model that is not only respectful of farmers and animals, but also meets our customers expectations for quality and animal safety," said Walmart.