Animal rights activists protest at a Chattanooga Walmart over how pigs are raised

Animal rights activists protest at a Chattanooga Walmart over how pigs are raised

February 26th, 2013 by Shelly Bradbury in Local - Breaking News

Lindsey Frost Cleary, left, and Nick Wallerstedt hold signs protesting the treatment of pigs by Walmart suppliers Tuesday outside of Walmart Supercenter along Signal Mountain Road.

Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

A small group of animal activists protested at a Chattanooga Walmart today, arguing that the way Walmart's suppliers raise the pigs that end up as pork on the store's shelves is cruel and abusive.

Coordinated by Los Angeles-based Mercy For Animals, the activists argued that Walmart's pork suppliers abuse pregnant pigs by keeping them in small cages that prevent them from lying down comfortably, turning around or engaging in natural behaviors.

"The hidden cost of Walmart's cheap pork is egregious animal abuse," said Phil Letten, national campaign coordinator, standing in a cold drizzle Tuesday in the Walmart parking lot at 501 Signal Mountain Blvd.

Chattanooga was stop 89 of the 117-city national tour.