Hermantown, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- A large, inflatable pig greeted patrons of the Wal Mart in Hermantown Friday morning.
The non-profit Mercy for Animals says Wal-Mart's pork supplier is confining their pigs in small crates where the animals are unable to move or even lay down.
The animal rights group is touring the country and calling on Wal-Mart to follow what other large corporations have done and get rid of the crates.
"It's time for Wal-Mart to follow the lead of Costco, Kroger and their other competitors by committing to phase out the use of cruel gestation crates," aid Jeni Haines, MFA Campaign Coordinator.
Wal-Mart responded with a written statement.
Paraphrased it says they are listening to farmers, food manufacturers, animal rights organizations about the issue and they hold suppliers to the highest standards and do not tolerate animal mistreatment.