Domino’s Pizza says “no” to HSUS

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This week, Domino’s Pizza shareholders voted to reject a resolution offered by the Humane Society of the United States to require its pork suppliers to stop housing gestating sows in stalls.

Perhaps equally as surprising is the overwhelming margin of the vote-- 80 percent of shareholders voting against the HSUS-proposed resolution, 4 percent voted in favor, 16 percent abstained. The vote came at the pizza chain’s 2012 shareholders’ meeting.

The Domino’s decision runs counter to actions taken just this week by Burger King, as well as previous pledges by McDonald’s and Wendy’s, among other foodservice entities to only purchase pork products from producers who don’t use gestation-sow stalls.

HSUS purchased stock in the Ann Arbor-based pizza chain in 2010—one of many such holdings that HSUS maintains. As a shareholder, HSUS submitted a resolution last fall asking Domino’s to report on the feasibility of ensuring its pork products come from producers that don’t use gestation-sow stalls.

Domino’s Board of Directors response to the resolution, as reported by AnnArbor.com, was-- “We believe this is an issue that should be addressed directly with producers and suppliers, not customers.”

This is not the first time that Domino’s shareholders have considered such a resolution. The issue was brought up at last year's meeting. Nor will it be the last time that they face the topic.

“We’re pleased that 4 percent of all Domino’s shareholders feel strongly enough about animal protection to vote for our resolution, with an additional 16 percent at least abstaining from the vote so as to not block the resolution,” says Matthew Prescott, HSUS’ food policy director. “We’re also pleased that the vote we garnered is of a sufficient level to allow us to resubmit a resolution to the company next year, if it fails to address the gestation crate issue by that time.”

Its proxy statement Domino’s Board of Directors pointed out that the company’s pork suppliers use animals from farms “that use a variety of animal management systems, including from farms that do not use gestation stalls.” It also cited the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) 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,” said Tim McIntyre, Domino's spokesperson.

Michigan is one of the states that established a timeline for its pork producers to stop using gestation-sow stalls. The law goes into effect in April 2020 and will allow producers to move gestating sows into stalls just seven days before they’re due to farrow.

McIntyre said Domino’s is monitoring the issue. “We are paying attention to what McDonald's and Burger King are doing and this is not a company that is holding its collective hand to its ears or to its eyes,” he said.



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apete    
elkhounds  |  April, 27, 2012 at 08:08 AM

I will be patronizing Domino's. Kudos to Domino's for standing up to the bullies.

foranimals    
Texas  |  April, 27, 2012 at 08:29 AM

@apete, DITTO

Bill Knapke    
Ohio  |  April, 27, 2012 at 09:05 AM

Way to go Domino's shareholders!

Bohare    
Bloomfield,in  |  April, 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM

We will begin to go to Dominos for our pizza

ThePiggyMomma    
Iowa  |  April, 27, 2012 at 09:08 AM

Finally some rational words and common sense. Let's let the people who work hard every day to ensure their animals ARE cared for, no matter the system, keep doing so. One would think they are the best to determine what is good for their animals seeing as it is their livlihood, as well as their children's.

PorkChop#1    
Southern Minnesota  |  April, 27, 2012 at 09:27 AM

Good Job Domino's. I will definitely not be patronizing Burger King anymore. If McDonald's and Wendy's follows through with their agenda I will stop eating their as well. Of course I stopped eating at any of those places very much anyways since I want to be a healthier person. I now enjoy all my pork on my grill. Much healthier that way.

Wendy    
Missouri  |  April, 27, 2012 at 09:30 AM

Thanks Domino's for taking a rational position against HSUS. I have been a fan of your pizza since college and now I am a bigger fan. Way to go shareholders!

Rob    
Colorado  |  April, 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Good job Dominos way to stand up for what is right. HSUS is bad I wish the other moron business owners would would folllow you. And make good decisions

Roger Fjeld    
Iowa  |  April, 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Hats off to Dominos! I know exactly what brand of pizza I will be eating this weekend.

Janet Epperson    
Vandalia, MO  |  April, 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Thank you Dominos' Board of Directors for your commonsense decision. Hang in there!

Josh    
NY  |  April, 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I don't understand. You people are going to patronize Domino's specifically because they don't want to be less cruel to pigs?

Porkwares    
Alexis, IL  |  April, 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Finally someone understands! WAY TO GO DOMINOES!!! When the truth really comes out, maybe poeple will understand why sows in crates are better off. Running together, they fight, resulting in injuries and abortions, boss sows get too much to eat and timid sows do not get enough to eat.

Porkwares    
Alexis, IL  |  April, 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Finally someone understands! WAY TO GO DOMINOES!!! When the truth really comes out, maybe poeple will understand why sows in crates are better off. Running together, they fight, resulting in injuries and abortions, boss sows get too much to eat and timid sows do not get enough to eat.

Marji    
Grass Valley  |  April, 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

What a baffling decision Domino's has made! I mean, goodness forbid the pregnant pigs producing piglets for slaughter have enough room to, I dunno, TURN AROUND! And even stranger is Domino's position that they care more about the opinions of animal-producers and suppliers than the very people - the consumers - who actually fund their business model. I find it incredibly disappointing that Domino's has made this decision and while I am unsurprised by the people coming out to say they will support companies that actively endorse animal abuse, I find their lack of compassion and commitment to better animal welfare a sad statement. Of course, the only way to provide good welfare to another living being is to simply stop killing them for a product none of us in the United States need to survive. That would be too easy, I suppose.

Jj    
Colorado  |  April, 27, 2012 at 01:36 PM

I feel the only way to have seen this as a bad decision is to have no knowledge of swine production or animal production management in general. The truth of the matter is that raising animals in pens is more dangerous than raising animals in crates. Of course if you've never raised swine you may believe that raising them in pens is more humane but you are wrong re-socializing the animals WILL result in fighting, injuries, abortions, unequal distribution of feed and death. Unfortunately "ignorance is bliss" and as long as organizations such as HSUS and PETA are unwilling to educate themselves they will always have opinions contradictory to their supposed mission. The one thing we should learn from them is that we as agricultural producers need to do a better job of educating the youth and public with facts instead of allowing them to be misled by people with no perspective or knowledge of the subject matter. Way to go Dominos.

Cool Pig    
MN  |  April, 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Great News! As HSUS now has seen the entire food chain wont fall like "Dominos" . We must support them with strong customer support by encouraging patronage of their franchise.

juliewall64@yahoo.com    
jasper county indiana  |  May, 18, 2012 at 06:18 PM

Hello poeple do you understand why sows in crates are better off. Running together, they fight, resulting in injuries and abortions, boss sows get too much to eat and timid sows do not get enough to eat.

Palmer    
Iowa  |  April, 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM

Thank you Dominos for relying on science to make humane production decisions rather than knee-jerk reactions by those ignorant of the variety of humane conditions for swine production.

Showmom    
Minnesota  |  April, 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM

Hurrah for Domino's. So glad someone is finally relying on science rather than emotion. Remember that HSUS wants to eliminate meat animals all together, so that is their ultimate agenda. Domino's will be my #1 pizza provider!! Applause for the stockholders.

spcpo    
Springfield, MO  |  April, 27, 2012 at 06:31 PM

Wow! A food industry giant that is depending on science and animal production experts instead of the political agenda of the HSUS to turn us all into vegetarians. What a novel idea! Instead of propaganda, using real information...Thank you Domino's! You just replaced Burger King on my selections. And when McD's no longer is able to have the $1 sausage sandwiches...they won't have my business any longer either.

newlys    
nc  |  April, 27, 2012 at 06:45 PM

It is amazing that Burger King can be bullied....but they will not loose any business among the vegan animal rights movement as they are vegan.... and the reason for Domino's should cowtail to their demands - none since they do not consume meat. Good for Dominos! Animals are raised for food but the animal rights agenda thinks we should not eat meat - period. Guess HSUS will be purchasing Domino stock before long and forcing the issue.

newlys    
nc  |  April, 27, 2012 at 06:45 PM

It is amazing that Burger King can be bullied....but they will not loose any business among the vegan animal rights movement as they are vegan.... and the reason for Domino's should cowtail to their demands - none since they do not consume meat. Good for Dominos! Animals are raised for food but the animal rights agenda thinks we should not eat meat - period. Guess HSUS will be purchasing Domino stock before long and forcing the issue.

Glen    
Iowa  |  April, 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM

The stalls have come to be the best option, after years of trying to reduce animal and producers injures. Stalls are sanctuaries from bully animals that overpower thin and timed sows. The stalls allow each animal to have individual health care and individual nutrition, this is not posable in group pens. Thank you Domino's for Stopping the HSUS BULLY

Vet Barnes    
California  |  April, 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Its about time common sense is followed. The reason gestation crates are better is because they prevent the sow from squashing all the baby piglets. It prevents fighting and lose of babies. HSUS passes laws that are harmful to animals and in fact are meant to end all use of animals. I will eat at Dominos today . Thank you for standing up to the animal rights cults who lie and try to black mail companies into following their orders. You have to know that these people are never satisfied.

Rob    
Churubusco, IN  |  April, 28, 2012 at 06:38 AM

Hat's off to Dominos! Too bad the closest location is 40 miles away from me or I would start to patronize them regularly because of this! It's refreshing to see a company actually base their decision on science and facts relating to animal behavior in making a decision like this. We as farmers know what is best for our animals, and it's our job to do what's best for them... we don't need to be told by some wacko liberal group that doesn't really know what's best for livestock.

Rob    
Churubusco, IN  |  April, 28, 2012 at 06:46 AM

Hat's off to Dominos! Too bad the closest location is 40 miles away from me or I would start to patronize them regularly because of this! It's refreshing to see a company actually base their decision on science and facts relating to animal behavior in making a decision like this. We as farmers know what is best for our animals, and it's our job to do what's best for them... we don't need to be told by some wacko liberal group that doesn't really know what's best for livestock.

Anne Marie Duhon    
Wilburton, Ok  |  April, 28, 2012 at 08:08 AM

About time big business stands up for itself!!! I will go out of my way to support the local dominos even tho it is a hour away! The bullies of ANIMAL RIGHTS need to be put in their place!

William Rannells    
Ohio  |  April, 28, 2012 at 08:23 AM

Finally, someone with the intestinal fortitude to stand up against bully tactics!!! BRAVO

CHUCK DOUBET    
April, 28, 2012 at 06:07 PM

I AGREE, AND SUPPORT.

shelley harrelson    
Clinton, MO  |  April, 28, 2012 at 08:30 AM

Thank you, unfortunately we don't have a Domino's in our town, but if we did we would defiantly patronize you.McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King have lost our business! We raise pigs for show, but are always raising the best quality pork possible

Tom    
Kansas City, Kansas  |  April, 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Good work, Domino's! The HSUS wants to kill all our animals and starve us to death.

Pamela Brokenwolf    
Swannanoa NC  |  April, 28, 2012 at 03:37 PM

Hey apete, Ever seen a sow in a pen that she can't turn around in, stand up in. Would you like to live in a closet the rest of your life?

A Dominoid    
Sugar Land, TX  |  May, 02, 2012 at 07:24 PM

Not a big thinker, are you Pamela. Just because the sows are kept in stalls before birthing DOESN'T mean they're kept there the entirety of their life. This is just another classic example if the minority believing they have the right to force their beliefs (correct or otherwise) on the majority. They BUY themselves into what they believe to be a position of authority or power, then try to force their beliefs on others. Sorry to have to break the news to you, but the rest of the world has a right to make decisions for themselves without being strong-armed otherwise. Karen, your statement about your 'friend' is interesting. Any court of law in this country would consider your hearsay. As you, personally, are not a producer, your words mean absolutely nothing.

Karen Loveless    
Wilmington, NC  |  April, 28, 2012 at 08:55 PM

Apparently a non-animal loving group got several people to post a bunch of negative comments. Why is it that NONE of you care about the animals that give their lives for you? I do care and expect Domino's to follow the direction the others are heading and refuse to buy from the farmers that are only in it for the money and do not care about thier animals at all. Thank you HSUS for caring and trying to get Domino's to wake up. Keep trying - they will eventually give in as that is what most people want. If that was not the case, McD's and BK, etc. would not be changing their suppliers!

t    
Mn  |  April, 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM

When people try to tell other people how to do their job without any knowledge of the job or any idea of farming at all I would think they also should be scrutinized at the job they do in their life and told how to do their job as well.These farming practices have been used with the USDA extension and other educational offices input over the years as farmers try to do the best for their animals as it has to do with the income they make at the end of the day. Most of the animals are not caged all their life ,just for the time they are having piglets as they do lay on them and kill their own. The sows are dangerous to others feeding and caring for them at this time also ..if you have never been farming you should not be commenting on things you have no CLUE what hard work the farmers do to help the animals..when sows are having piglets the farmers are up all night helping with the birth process.

Trich E    
Texas  |  April, 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM

good for you Dominos, booooo Burger King for giving in to that bunch of vegans

W Yurong    
Hawaii  |  April, 29, 2012 at 01:48 AM

Thank you Domino's for seeing through the HSUS attempt to control the eating habits (production habits) of the majority , for their own ends.

Daphne    
Wisconsin  |  April, 29, 2012 at 08:51 AM

Thank you, Thank you Domino's for drawing a line in the sand. We need your stance backed by science to make a statement. And we will be busying our pizzas from Dominos from here on out, rest assured.

Tom    
Kansas City, Kansas  |  April, 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

People are learning! Thank you, Dominos!

bonniej    
April, 29, 2012 at 01:18 PM

About time all of these places figure out the real agenda the H$U$ seeks, all the donations they get, only a mesely 1% of it actually goes to help animals! So glad there are still businesses that will stand up to this multi-million dollar so called non-profit place!

Daniel    
Ohio  |  April, 29, 2012 at 01:22 PM

Awesome Dominos! Thank you for standing up to those pieces of crap. I will support Dominos! Going there for dinner tonight! Thanks

bonniej    
lancaster, mo.  |  April, 29, 2012 at 01:23 PM

Glad these companies are standing up to the H$U$ and their bullying tactics. The Humane Society of the United States takes in millions of dollars each year, only 1% of witch goes to actually help any animals, and do not help any local shelters, pleas donate to your local shelters, and quit giving your money to these people!!

bonniej    
lancaster, mo.  |  April, 29, 2012 at 01:23 PM

Glad these companies are standing up to the H$U$ and their bullying tactics. The Humane Society of the United States takes in millions of dollars each year, only 1% of witch goes to actually help any animals, and do not help any local shelters, pleas donate to your local shelters, and quit giving your money to these people!!

mel anzick    
livingston mt  |  April, 29, 2012 at 11:30 PM

hsus is hell bent on destroying the animal industry in this country. Domino share holders showed some common sense in rejecting their demands. Domino's is the place to go to. No more burger king or wendeys for our extended family.

Bobbi Corona    
Oklahoma  |  April, 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Domino's is now my first choice over McD's and Burger King.........thank you for not allowing them control over our pizza! The bullies don't always win.

AV Roth    
Wauzeka WI  |  April, 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

On my farm we went from 500 sows in pen gestation to 1500 sows in stalled gestation in 2001. We had the exact same number of sows culed because of injury in the pens at sows as we did at 1500 sows. On my farm it is easy to say that stalls are by far more human. I also decreased my carbine foot print by close to 50% per sow.

Toby    
Canada  |  May, 02, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Very good cooment. We rely on doctors to diagnose illness, on mechanics to diagnose engine problems, on architectures to design building etc. Why do we rely on the general public to determine the best ways to raise animals? There are enough people monitoring the production of animals (Vets, Packers,etc). Isn't that enough?

porkguy    
MN  |  May, 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM

It's about time that a restaurant chain has a backbone.....I tip my hat to Domino's. And anyone who claims to know how sows are treated, yes I'm talking about you Karen Loveless, is completely talking out their rear end unless they are in the pork production business. My sows are healthy and well taken care of, I'm not looking forward to the conversion process to community gestation as this has been proven to result in more death loss and injury. In case you didn't know....the social heirarchy that sows have is amazing. There is a pecking order and it is enforced at ALL TIMES. I have watched boss sows assault other girls for no reason other than the need to remind them that they are at the bottom of the order. I don't need a "friend" that works at a "pig processing plant" to tell me this, I run a farrowing house for one of the pork producing heavyweights so I see how it is beneficial to keep sows in crates. The general public needs to be educated on sow housing...it's people like PETA and HSUS that basically brainwash the public into thinking production farms are a bad thing.

Heather    
Vancouver  |  May, 11, 2012 at 04:02 AM

Whoops, I just said "no" to Dominos.......

Rebeccah    
Missouri  |  May, 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

From reading through these comments it seems that some of you have never been cornered by an angry mother pig. It's not fun climbing on top of things to get away when all you wanted to do was make sure she hadn't hurt anymore piglets because she DIDN'T have a crate. It's about time they let those of us that know how to care for these animals do our jobs. I will be getting Domino's this weekend!

Tasha Joiner    
Antioch, TN  |  August, 08, 2012 at 08:50 PM

Domino's thin crust pizza used to be my favorite. I would go out of my way to order or pick up Domino's over their competitors. Not anymore!!!! Not until they say "no" to these farms that habitually abuse the pigs that supply their meat. You can bet that none of my family and friendy from Domino's!! Hellooooooooo Papa John's!!! Bravo for their responsible decision-making with regard to this issue.

Mike    
December, 28, 2012 at 08:30 AM

No more McDonald's, Burger King or Wendy's until they allow the experts that raise animals to do what's best for the animals. When the animals do well the farmers make money, not the other way around!!


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