The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has filed an exempt solicitation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission urging shareholders to vote in favor of its proposal on Domino's Pizza's 2012 proxy.

An exempt solicitation is a formal rebuttal to the company's statement in opposition to a shareholder proposal.

The HSUS submitted a shareholder resolution in October 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, according to the HSUS. Each animal is confined in a crate during her 4-month pregnancy, placed into another crate to give birth and then put back into a gestation crate until slaughtered.

In Domino's response to the resolution, the company told shareholders it "believes this is an issue that should be addressed directly with producers and suppliers, not customers."

However, the HSUS' exempt solicitation points out that other companies, including McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's, are creating policies to remove gestation crates from their supply chains.

According to Kristie Middleton, outreach manager of the HSUS, "producers meet customer demand, not the other way around."

The HSUS claims Domino's survey to study the feasibility of removing gestation crates failed to ask suppliers what they can do to end this practice.

The HSUS became a Domino's shareholder in January 2010 to try to implement animal welfare changes at the company.

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  • Mark Niebrugge
    About time someone stood up to HSUS, I beleive I'm going to Domino's to get a pizza
  • Vet Barnes
    I hope this company does not give into the small but noisy group of animal rights cults like HSUS, PeTA, and the ASPCA along with the THLN in Texas. These are small groups that lie to the public and pretend they are for animal welfare when in fact their agenda is to end all use of animals for any purpose from food, to medical research to companion animals they don't want them to be produced. The only knowledge they possess is how to pass laws that make it impossible to raise animals. They are never satisfied as this is a cult and they will not stop until no more domestic animals exist. They are anti human. They are a cult do not give in as to do so means you temporarily get them off your back but remember your business is selling meat and cheese and they don't want to have you doing that at all. So you will be next.
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