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Domino’s Pizza Rejects HSUS Resolution

  • Domino’s Pizza relies on animal welfare experts, not animal rights zealots, to set food policies.
  • To learn more facts about extremist animal rights groups, click here. To learn more about the tradeoffs to the loss of gestation stalls, click here.

“Domino’s Pizza shareholders overwhelmingly rejected a request to study ending the use of pork from suppliers who confine pregnant pigs in crates. Some fast-food companies, including Burger King, McDonald's and Wendy's, have pledged to phase out the use of pork from such suppliers,” according to an report.

The HSUS-endorsed resolution failed in a vote by 80%, with 4% in favor and the remaining 16% abstaining from the vote. To read the complete article, click here.  

Domino’s spokesman Tim McIntyre says the resolution called for the company to prepare a report on the feasibility of ensuring that its pepperoni and ham come from producers that don’t use “gestation crates” to confine breeding pigs.

The company believes policy should be set based on recommendations by animal agriculture experts, not animal rights activists. However, HSUS is pleased with the vote and says that despite the low percentage in favor, they will reintroduce the resolution next year.

Despite the resolution’s failure, HSUS “was happy with the vote,” says Matthew Prescott, food policy director for the organization. “Garnering 4% of the vote in favor of the resolution means the organization can bring it back again next year. By next year Domino’s management will be hard-pressed to continue to ignore this.”

Meanwhile, Burger King joined McDonald’s and Wendy’s in pledging to stop using pork from producers who use the crates. HSUS commonly buys stock in retail companies, Domino’s included, in order to push its agenda at shareholder meetings.

According to Domino’s, pork suppliers for the company’s pepperoni and sausage use animals from farms “that use a variety of animal management systems, including from farms that do not use gestation stalls.”

Domino’s also says, “the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians have published statements indicating there are advantages and disadvantages to both cage-free and caged pork production methods.”

“We rely on animal experts to determine what is the best way to raise an animal that’s being used for food,” McIntyre says.

Cheers to Domino’s Pizza for standing up to HSUS and not being bullied into pushing forward costly regulations on U.S. pork producers. It’s refreshing to see commercial businesses that look at the issue critically rather than giving into emotional, non science-based pressure. I think McIntyre says it best when he reassures the public that company policy will be developed based on sound science and testimonies from pork producers, not lobbyists. Despite this small victory, we can bet HSUS isn’t going to let up and will continue to target farmers and ranchers by imposing regulations through retail policies, legislation, ballot initiatives and litigation.

For more information on the deceptions of HSUS, click here.

Dial up Domino’s Pizza, thank them for their support of animal agriculture, and give them your business. Support those who support us. I’ll take a pizza, with extra sausage and pepperoni, please!

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Discuss this Blog Entry 9

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 2, 2012

Cheers to Domino's. Don't forget extra cheese on that pizza though!

George Hanson (not verified)
on May 2, 2012

Domino's would not be pushing forward a "regulation" by adopting the HSUS proposal. It would be a voluntary animal husbandry practice requirement of their pork chain suppliers. A business decision for the pork producer based on the wishes of their customer. The

Big difference.

Terry Whisenhunt (not verified)
on May 11, 2012

It would become a regulation. Any directive to force a defined practice is a regulation. It is not a legal regulation but it is a company defined regulation.

on May 3, 2012

"and not being bullied"

Since when is putting something to a shareholder vote considered "bullying"?
Let's not overreact.

Terry Church (not verified)
on May 6, 2012

Good for Domino's. I now have a greater respect for them for not being bullyed by HSUS. More places need to have the GUTS to say NO! HSUS doesn't need to be telling bussiness how to operate and what they can or cannot sell.

Katie W. (not verified)
on May 10, 2012

Thank goodness some businesses still have a backbone! And yes it is "bullying" regardless of HSUS being a shareholder...that is the only reason they hold stock in those companies anyway (duh). Anyone who thinks HSUS is trying to help animals needs to open their eyes and stop watching so much TV...start reading something instead! Support your local animal shelters and your local producers instead...those are the organizations and individuals that have their animals' best interest at heart.

Renee Crenshaw (not verified)
on May 13, 2012

Shame on you Amanda Radke for being SO clueless. Not to mention heartless. No kudos to Domino's from me. Maybe you need to personally visit one of the farms who raise pigs in gestation crates and see first hand something you're going to write about. It's obvious whose pocket you're in.

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 15, 2012

I work in a hog farm and we take great care of our pigs in a safe and humane way. You, RENEE, are misinformed...

Grace (not verified)
on May 27, 2014

Sorry your argument is weak at best . Consumers want pork suppliers to phase out gestation crates is if they don't the sickening facts of life on the farm will eventually discourage the consumption of pork. After all eating is an emotional experience and how that food arrives on the consumers plate is a good indicator of a desire to vomit.

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