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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  • Karin Elizabeth
    It's deplorable that Domino's continues to use such inhumane and unsustainable products, especially when so many other restaurants are moving away from gestation crate pork. I'm glad that the Humane Society is doing this, and I hope Domino's changes their practices soon!
  • rachael plotts
    I'm thrilled to see major restaurant chains making the transition into more humane animal products. The use of gestation crates is one of the most inhumane practices in the factory farm industry. As a consumer, I'd much rather support products from companies that are in line with my ethical and moral beliefs. There are plenty of options out there to help in avoiding more suffering than necessary. I'm happy to see the Humane Society stepping up to help put an end to this cruel technique. As a Michigan native, I'm hopeful that Domino's will respond positively to the demand of consumers everywhere!
  • Sean Scherer
    As a consumer it upsets me deeply to see such a disconnect between what consumers really want and what large companies are actually doing. No one that I know wouldn't be upset when hearing that Dominos is using gestation crate pork. The reality is that most people just don't know, the sad part is when learning about it consumers feel like they have been "duped" by a big company. I urge Dominos to give the people what they want and be a little more humane at the same time, if they don't know that people would actually choose less-cruel sources of meat then they need to get serious about market research and perhaps do some on this topic.
  • David Shirk
    Wendy’s, Burger King and Chipotle have already started moving away from pork suppliers who confine pigs in cruel and inhumane gestation crates. How about Domino’s?
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