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Animal Activists Protest Outside Charlottesville Walmart

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Mercy for Animals protest at Charlottesville Walmart Mercy for Animals protest at Charlottesville Walmart

A group of animal activists - and a 10-foot inflatable pig - was posted up outside the Walmart in Charlottesville Friday afternoon.   

The group - Mercy for Animals - was talking to shoppers about Walmart's pork suppliers.  

The inflatable pig had blood and sores all over it. The group says this displays for shoppers how Walmart's pork suppliers are treating pigs.    

People with Mercy for Animals say they've done undercover investigations of Walmart's pork suppliers and say they've seen large pregnant pigs that are caged up in tight, small pins for their entire life.

One representative with Mercy for Animals says it's time Walmart pork suppliers stop using gestation crates.

"Keeping highly intelligent and social animals confined to cages that are so small they can't even turn around for nearly their entire lives is blatant animal cruelty. It's time for Walmart to follow the lead of Kroger, Safeway, Costco and their other competitors," said Jeni Haines, Mercy for Animals campaign coordinator.    

The protesters say customers will hopefully see their inflatable pig first and then think twice about buying a hot dog here.

"If you protest then there's a lot of pressure for them to make a change," said Scott McNabb, who joined the protest.

The Albemarle County Walmart manager says she has no comment on the protest.

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