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Two store employees brought out cold bottles of water for the protesters and told them to stay on the other side of the sidewalk and off Walmart property, Letten said.
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heavy clouds overhead lent somberness to the picketing outside Abilene's southside Walmart. Phil Letten, national campaign coordinator for animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, and Nick Wallerstedt, an MFA intern, are on a three month campaign aimed at Walmarts around the country. The plan is to educate people about the treatment of pigs by two suppliers of pork products to the chain.
Walmart is the only major food supplier that has not condemned the use of gestation crates and other inhumane practices, Letten said. Retail giants such as Costco, McDonald's, Safeway Business Polo Shirts Perth
The protest tour started in Los Angeles on July 31 with a big turnout of volunteers, including actor James Cromwell, known for his role as the Farmer in "Babe." Letten said the number of volunteers who picket along with he and Wallerstedt varies depending on the city. No one from Abilene joined the protest, though a handful of people stopped to get more information.
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According the MFA flyers, Walmart's pork suppliers are cruel to the pigs they raise. Pregnant pigs are kept in small gestation crates that don't leave enough room for the pigs to turn around or lie down comfortably.
"I'm not shopping at Walmart (anymore)," Barnes said. "Between this and the Chinese made products they bring in, I'm done."
Store manager Dieter Mullen said he didn't receive any communication from the Walmart corporate office before the protesters showed up. He said he learned of the protest about 30 minutes before it began. He didn't see any kind of impact on his customers, though a few did ask what was going on.
the conditions on their farms, he said.
Will and Ginger Kranz stopped at the protest site after shopping at a nearby home improvement store. "I don't believe in animal cruelty of any kind," Ginger Kranz said. She said she had purchased pork chops at Walmart on Tuesday. "I don't know if I can eat them now. I won't buy pork here again."
Some honked, others waved or gave a thumbs up, and one fellow in a pickup hollered "Lookin' good!" It wasn't clear if he was addressing the pig or the two young men in slacks and dress shirts. Another man drove by and shouted out "Soooooeeeee!" He, obviously, was talking to the pig.
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Heather Barnes saw the inflatable pig and the 2 by 6 foot sign proclaiming "Walmart tortures pigs" and stopped to see what was going on. Barnes, from Abilene, Googled the MFA organization on her cellphone and found out it was legitimate. She approached the protesters for more information. After hearing what they had to say, she said she was changing her shopping habits even though Walmart is inexpensive.
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