Wal-Mart and Ethics – The Two Don’t Mix

You would hope that Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world, would be a leader in human rights and animal welfare, but they don’t even come close. While stories of employee abuse abound, at least employees can try to find work elsewhere or seek redress through the legal system. But what if you are one of the pigs belonging to a Wal-Mart supplier that is confined for its entire life in a small cage with no room to turn around for no other purpose than to continuously breed piglets to supply bacon and pork products to Wal-Mart. What are your rights?

Once again, undercover video has documented the extreme cruelty of Wal-Mart suppliers. But unlike other large retailers that have been exposed for animal cruelty and feign surprise and shock, Wal-Mart doesn’t seemed concerned at all and points out that in some states their pigs are not raised in gestation crates, so that gives consumers a choice of what they eat.

Wal-Mart’s slogan is “Save Money. Live Better,” but is it right to “live better” when saving money means animals are being abused and tortured because it’s cheaper to let it happen than cut into shareholder profits?

Studies have proved that pigs are as intelligent, if not more so than a 3-year old human. They know their names, play, experience both joy and sorrow and are highly social animals. Would we eat a three-year old child or keep him or her confined in small cage? Of course not. But then why are we abusing and eating someone else’s babies?

You condone animal cruelty every time you shop at Wal-Mart, no matter what you are buying. You have a vote in the matter. Even if you don’t eat animals at all, you can stop supporting Wal-Mart’s cruelty by staying away from both it and Sam’s Club.

 

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