Actor and animal rights activist James Cromwell has volunteered to be the face and voice of a graphic new video that exposes the cruel treatment of pigs on a factory farm that supplies Walmart with pork. The video, created by Mercy for Animals, includes hidden camera footage of atrocities being committed against mother pigs and piglets.
In the video, Cromwell explains that “Walmart likes to tout its low prices, but when it comes to the pork sold in its stores, animals are left to pay the highest price of all – a life filled with misery and deprivation.”
Common abuses against the animals include vicious beatings, cruel procedures without pain killers, injured piglets being left to die and the confinement of mother pigs in gestation crates – cages too small for the pigs to turn around or even lie down.
Gestation crates are so universally accepted to be inhumane that they are outlawed in the European Union as well as in nine U.S. states. In response to customer concerns, mega-brands such as McDonald’s, Target, Costco, Kroger, Safeway, General Mills and many more have committed to only supplying pork that was not raised on farms that use gestation crates. However, Walmart has made no such commitment. Today, the majority of the pigs who become pork were raised on farms that use this and other inhumane practices.
Cromwell, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the movie “Babe”, is joining Ryan Gosling, Kristen Bell, Zooey Deschanel any many more to bring a petition to Walmart’s CEO, Mike Duke. The petition will ask Walmart to hold all of its meat suppliers to higher standards and combat the current situation of abuse.
Fair warning. The Video is graphic.
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