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April 24, 2012

The HSUS to Address Domino’s Executives at Shareholder Meeting about Extreme Confinement of Pigs

At the annual shareholder meeting of Domino’s (NYSE: DPZ) on Wednesday, a representative of The Humane Society of the United States will challenge the company about allowing its pork suppliers to confine breeding pigs in tight crates that virtually immobilize them. Domino’s is the world’s second-largest pizza chain with more than 9,700 locations.
 
What: The Domino’s annual shareholder meeting
When: Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m.
Where: Domino's World Resource Center, 30 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
 
Nearly all breeding pigs used to make pepperoni, sausage and ham for Domino’s are confined day and night during their four-month pregnancies in gestation crates: cages barely larger than the pigs’ own bodies, preventing the animals even from turning around. The pigs are placed into another crate to give birth and are then re-impregnated and put back into a gestation crate. This cycle repeats, pregnancy after pregnancy, for the animals’ entire lives.
 
“Domino’s allows its suppliers to confine pigs in crates so small they can’t even turn around for nearly their entire lives,” said Kristie Middleton, food policy manager for The HSUS. “Consumers don’t support this animal abuse and it’s time Domino’s finally caught up with other restaurant companies by getting gestation crates out of its supply chain.”
 
The HSUS’ action follows three months of widely-publicized progress on this issue, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Compass Group, the world’s largest foodservice provider, and other major companies publicly committing to get gestation crates out of their supply chains.
 
Major pork producers have also announced plans to move away from gestation crates. Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, and Hormel announced they will be 100 percent gestation crate-free for company-owned operations within five years and Cargill is already 50 percent gestation crate-free.
 
Gestation Crates Facts:
•    Measuring about 2 feet by 7 feet, gestation crates virtually immobilize pigs for almost their entire lives, leading to health problems including infections, sores and mental stress.
•    Eight U.S. states and the European Union have passed laws to outlaw gestation crates.
•    Extensive scientific research confirms that this confinement causes suffering. Dr. Temple Grandin, a renowned animal scientist, states, “I feel very strongly that we've got to treat animals right, and the gestation stalls have got to go.”

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Media Contact:
Anna West, awest@humanesociety.org, 301-258-1518

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