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      Group protests Wal-martâ??s treatment of pigs for pork in East Syracuse

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      A national campaign to protect pigs made a stop at the Wal-Mart in East Syracuse Tuesday.

      The protestors are part of the group, Mercy for Animals, which has visited more than 130 Wal-Mart stores across the country to push humane treatment of pigs among pork suppliers.

      They say the pork that is sold in Wal-Mart stores comes from factory farms where pigs spend much of their lives cramped up in a crate.

      The group likens the size of the space to how people would feel if we were confined to a seat on an airplane.

      It says many pigs suffer from open wounds and sores in places where their bodies rub up against the metal bars in gestation crates.

      Mercy for Animals says many food providers, including McDonald's and Safeway have asked their suppliers to not use the gestation crates, which have been banned in Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, California, Maine and Michigan in the United States.

      The organization says communities it has visited across the country have embraced its campaign, shocked to discover the conditions pigs are kept in.

      "I think that definitely puts pressure on Wal-Mart here in the U.S. to follow its competitors and sister stores," says Campaign Coordinator Jeni Haines, referring to Wal-Mart Canada, which no longer keeps its pigs confined to crates.