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Animal rights group targets Bossier City Walmart

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Police allowed the protest to continue because they were on public property. Police allowed the protest to continue because they were on public property.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Members of a national animal rights group brought their protest to Walmart Thursday, alleging animal cruelty by the retail giant.

The group Mercy for Animals joined local animal activists in front of the Walmart Supercenter on Airline Drive in Bossier City. To emphasize their message, they brought along a 10-foot-tall inflatable pig, bloody with sores and locked in a narrow crate.

Walmart is under fire for cruelty to animals following an undercover investigation at one of the retailer's main pork suppliers.

"The reaction's amazing," says Phil Letten of Mercy for Animals. "Most people are opposed to animal abuse. And when they learn about the horrific animal abuses pigs endure before winding up on Walmart shelves, they're horrified and they don't want to support it."

Walmart spokesperson Danit Marquardt addressed the animal abuse charge: "We hold our suppliers to the highest standards and do not tolerate animal mistreatment. We encourage customers interested in learning more about how grocers and restaurants source pork products to contact the National Pork Board."

Bossier City Police were called at one point to question the protesters, but the protest continued because the activists were on a public sidewalk.

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