Dear Walmart…Let’s Talk About True Happiness!

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Dear Walmart,

Recently you posted the following quote on your website. Your advertisement team wrote, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy bacon and that’s kind of the same thing!” This caused a lot of stir in the community! We don’t all agree with you! Some of your bacon loving customers might, but there’s a large community of some pretty smart people and this community is growing! People are, thankfully, awakening to the facts! Some of my friends are doctors, lawyers, social workers, nurses, teachers, business owners…and they responded to your “bacon equals happiness” equation with great dismay. These are professionals, who know the truth about the sort of business that you conduct! Fortunately, more and more people…namely, your customers…are coming to know the truth about this! 

Walmart Stop Supporting Animal Abuse

Not long ago, Mercy for Animals exposed the horrific abuse of pigs from the suppliers that provide you with bacon. This exposure must have lost you some serious bacon sales and therefore you’re now looking for ways to “re-establish” your image in the community by using, as a friend of mine pointed out, “reverse psychology”. Well, it isn’t working. The sad reality is this…

pigs in factory farm…Pigs in factory farms!

CAFO – The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories

I believe that your customers are pretty smart people, who not only want to feed their family healthy foods, but who also have enough sense not to support animal cruelty! Pigs are just as intelligent as the family dog, so why would we do this to them? Pigs are natural foragers. They like to graze, play, listen to music, be petted, run around…just like a dog! What you see above is the reality of how they are living! Does this look humane to you? Imagine yourself in one of these metal confinements, even for just half a day! Would you think that was okay? I can’t even begin to imagine what this must do to their intelligent minds! The fact is, they go nuts and so would our pets, if they were put in one of these metal stands!

Pigs foragingNot Walmart pigs!

You responded back, “For the past several months, we have been working on a new comprehensive auditing and tracking program for pork, which we recently rolled out. The program is designed to track and source pork to help ensure that we purchase only from farms that are certified to meet the highest standards for the treatment of animals.” 
Unfortunately, as much as we’d like to believe you, most of us are not buying this! First of all, what program and how do you audit and how often do you plan to do so? My other question to you is, how can you make this work? You sell things for much less, including animal products!

Suma, of the Karnataka Garment Workers UnionIndia’s Clothing Workers: “They slap us and call us dogs and donkeys”

Your business thrives on the exploitation of not just animals but humans as well, as I well recall seeing during an Oprah episode about a female worker making sweatpants for your company in India. This woman was paid next to nothing, lived in deplorable conditions and was working 14 or more hours per day. It was inhumane and disgusting! We ask, why should we then not be surprised that you would care less about how the animals are living and treated, when you have so little thought and compassion for the human kind?

Heart-Disease-01Processed Meats Increases Risk of Heart Disease by 40 Percent

For those of you interested in the health of your families, the fact is that eating pigs is a double edged sword – bacon does NOT love you back! It’ll eventually kill you! Their fattening meat with its saturated fat and cholesterol, especially bacon, is not only artery blocking, but also cancer promoting!  A more accurate quote could be, “You can’t buy health or happiness, but you can exercise and eat your veggies – and that, dear customers, will result in more health, happiness and well being!” 

little-big-pig

So Walmart, perhaps 2014 will be the year where you show the world that you’re capable of changing your image and become a company who not only cares about your customers requests and concerns, but also about your employees’ welfare and the welfare of the living, breathing, sentient beings that you sell for profit – packaged in plastic and stamped with colorful labels. Let’s all remember that there once was a living, breathing animal who only wished for a piece joy and happiness in this world…just like you and me!

Sincerely,

Nina at UVC

Pigs - Why?

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I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

4 responses »

  1. Thanks for writing a great article that sums up why I won’t shop at Walmart. This is the kind of writing that can enlighten people who are loyal to walmart or anywhere else they think has bargain prices… once they understand the real “cost” of walmart bargains, maybe they’ll join shoppers who are trying to livr more responsibly…It’s just taking too long for this change 🍀

    • Hi Helene,
      Thank you and yes, you’re absolutely right! It seems like a slow process to get people to become enlightened. Then I was contacted by someone wanting to link my post up to give people discounts to Walmart. AHEM! I wrote her back and told her, “I don’t think you’ve read my post very carefully!” I was definitely not trying to promote Walmart nor it’s products! People want easy and cheap, unfortunately. Not thinking of the environmental costs that these products come with. I’ve been listening to “Everything That Remains” about living a minimalist lifestyle! We buy so much crap that we never use…and for what? Time to pass it on! I’m in a purging mood! Happy Saturday! Nina

  2. Really good read, mostly because it sums up why I will not shop at Walmart (reiterating what Helene stated). I hope I live to see the day Walmart vanishes, but you’re right in stating people want easy and cheap. This is unfortunate and heartbreaking on so many levels, but it’s encouraging that other people have similar thoughts to my own. Consistently, I have asked Walmart what is this comprehensive auditing and tracking program for pork (according to them, it’s “rolled out”), what are the facts, where can I get information regarding it, and I’ve been met with the same b.s. rhetoric or silence. It’s very frustrating…but thank you for this read and keep up the good fight!

    • Thank you, Elena! I hear you, but unfortunately I doubt they’re about to “vanish”. Product drives demand! Consumers vote with their dollars, so as long as consumers want to buy their products they will remain in business. Where I live they just built a new Walmart at a very central location with a McDonald’s conveniently next door. People need to be educated as to what is behind some of the products they are buying. Have they been tested on animals? Are they “cruel free”? Walmart still using gestation crates for pigs, an animal with the same or above intelligence as a dog, is just unacceptable!

      Thanks again for writing! Keep up the good fight as well! I see that you’re also in education…and as Howard Lyman, whom I’m about to write about would say something like, that its up to the 20% of us to educate the 80% who are still sleepwalking!

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