ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - Protestors gathered outside a local Walmart Friday morning and they brought along a very big friend.
The national animal rights group Mercy for Animals and a 10' tall inflatable pig are greeting shoppers in Maplewood.
The group is condemning what it calls animal abuse used by the retail giant's pork suppliers.
Walmart spokesperson Danit Marquardt told NewsChannel 5:
"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."