GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Walmart has issued a statement in response to a Mercy For Animals protest in Greenville Wednesday.
The national nonprofit, along with local animal rights activists, held a demonstration outside a Walmart on Greenville Boulevard. The protestors said they are outraged that the retail giant's pork suppliers confine pregnant sows to small gestation crates for most of their lives. A giant inflatable pig in a cage was displayed during the demonstration.
Walmart spokesperson Danit Marquardt issued the following statement in response to the protest.
"This is 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 a collaborative approach is the right path to the right solution.
"We hold our suppliers to the highest standards and do not tolerate animal mistreatment.
"We are currently engaged with pork suppliers, food safety experts and other organizations to work towards an industry-wide model that is not only respectful of farmers and animals, but also meets our customers' expectations for quality and animal safety."