A horrific video, taken by an investigator hired by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals, puts Walmart in the hot seat with claims that the company buys pork from alleged animal abusers.
The video, below, depicts the ripping off of piglets' testicles and tails allegedly without painkillers, and the repeated slamming of sick piglets against the ground until they are near death; then they are tossed aside. Piglets are also shown suffering from unattended, open bleeding wounds, and a mother is depicted inflamed and bleeding from constant birthing.
The nonprofit's goal is to urge Walmart to ask its pork suppliers to phase out small pens for pregnant sows, known as gestation crates. Animal rights groups criticize the crates, claiming that they are so small that mothers can hardly move and cannot lie on their sides and that the pigs suffer from open wounds and pressure sores from touching the cage bars and lying on the concrete floor. The video shows sows with large sores, one banging her head against a crate, and another incessantly biting the bars.
The nonprofit's campaign website, walmartcruelty.com, also states that workers force-fed sows diarrhea and dead piglets.