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May 2, 2011

The Humane Society of the United States to Address Domino’s Executives About Animal Cruelty at Company’s Shareholder Meeting

At the annual shareholder meeting of Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) on Tuesday, a representative of The Humane Society of the United States will ask the company to decrease animal cruelty in its supply chain by moving away from suppliers that use gestation crates, cages barely larger than the animals' bodies that the company uses to confine breeding pigs.

When: May 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. EST
Where: Domino's World Resource Center, 30 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr., Ann Arbor, Mich.

Breeding pigs used by Domino’s suppliers are confined in gestation crates for their entire four-month pregnancy, placed into another crate to give birth, then put back into a gestation crate—pregnancy after pregnancy—until they are slaughtered.

“Breeding pigs used by Domino’s Pizza’s suppliers are crammed into crates so small, they can barely move for their entire lives,” stated Kristie Middleton, corporate policy manager for The HSUS’ factory farming campaign. “We hope Domino’s will follow the lead of other major restaurant chains that have switched to suppliers that don’t use gestation crates.”

Eight U.S. states, including Domino’s home state of Michigan, and the European Union have banned and are phasing out gestation crates, and major companies like Burger King, Wendy’s, Sonic, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Quiznos and Safeway have taken steps to increase purchases of gestation crate-free pork products. Other companies—like Whole Foods, Wolfgang Puck and Chipotle—don’t use any pork produced using gestation crates.

Pork industry animal welfare advisor, Dr. Temple Grandin, unequivocally states that “gestation crates for pigs are a real problem...Basically, you're asking a sow to live in an airline seat...I think it's something that needs to be phased out.”

Facts

  • About 70 percent of breeding sows in the United States are confined in gestation crates. Extensive scientific research confirms this causes immense suffering. Cargill, one of the biggest pork producers in the nation, is already 50 percent gestation crate-free.
  • Factory farming is a major social issue: A study by food industry consultancy, Technomic, ranked animal welfare as the third-most important social issue to restaurant patrons; an American Farm Bureau-funded report found that 89 percent of Americans believe that food companies that require their suppliers to treat farm animals better are doing the right thing.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty—on the web at humanesociety.org.

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