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Animal activists protest Walmart pork suppliers

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TYLER (KYTX) -  A ten foot inflatable pig in an inflatable cage with three young women outside with signs in their hands had people straining their necks to get a look at what was going on.

Some people even stopped in the middle of busy Highway 64 just to take a picture.

"As you can see, this pig is covered in large gashes and open lesions and open wounds," said Jeni Haines.

Jeni Haines is with the "Mercy for Animals" organization. She said the pig is a giant example of an even bigger problem among Walmart's pork suppliers.

"The hidden cost of Walmart's cheap pork is blatant animal abuse," said Haines.

"Mercy from Animals" took video during an undercover investigation at a Walmart pork supplier.

In the video, activists said you can see pregnant pigs confined to filthy metal crates, so small, they can't turnaround or lie down comfortably.

The rest of this video contains extreme acts of violence.

"We're calling on Walmart to do what 50 of their competitors have already agreed to do and start demanding their pork suppliers phase out the use of gestation crates in their practices," explained Haines.

This is what Walmart had to say about what it calls a complicated issue:

"We're listening closely to points of view from farmers, food manufacturers, animal rights organizations, customers and others. We think constructive dialogue and collaborative approach is the right path to the right solution."

While some people who drove by told us they didn't understand the whole fuss.

Some people agreed with the activists.

"How much more expensive is it to have a pig in a nice, large cage that he can walk around in?" asked Damon Deehring.

Damon Deehring said he thinks more people need to understand where there food is coming from.

"When you go into Walmart or something like that, that meat can come from anywhere you don't have any idea unless you really look at the package," said Deehring.

These activists want Walmart to take another look at the pork they supply,because they say, they're not going to stop with this display until something is done.

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