The Humane Society of the United States submitted a shareholder resolution asking Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino's Pizza to report to shareholders the feasibility of using pepperoni and ham toppings that come from pork producers that don't use gestation crates to confine breeding pigs.
Gestation crates virtually immobilize breeding pigs for nearly their entire lives. Each animal is confined in a crate during her 4-month pregnancy, placed into other crate to give birth and then put back into gestation crate until slaughtered.
"Consumers don't support lifelong confinement of farm animals in tight crates," said Kristie Middleton, manager of corporate policy for The HSUS' farm animal protection division. "Domino's appears to be behind the times on this issue, and shareholders deserve to understand what the company is capable of doing to end its support for this unnecessary and extreme cruelty."
Eight U.S. states and the European Union have enacted laws to phase out gestation crates.
Restaurant chains such as Wendy's, Burger King, Chipotle, Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Sonic and Quiznos have begun transitioning away from pork produced using gestation crates. Pork producers Cargill and Maple Leaf Foods and have also begun moving away from the practice.
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