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Domino's Pizza shareholders rejected a request by the Humane Society of the United States to stop using pork from suppliers who confine breeding pigs in gestation crates.
At the company's annual shareholder meeting Wednesday in Ann Arbor, Mich., a representative from the HSUS was present to challenge the company on this issue.
According to AnnArbor.com, the request was rejected overwhelmingly.
Domino's spokesman Tim McIntyre said the vote was 80 percent against the resolution and 4 percent in favor. The remaining 16 percent abstained. Those against the resolution voted in accordance with a recommendation of Domino's board of directors.
The company has issued statements saying that the issue should be addressed with pork producers and suppliers, not customers.
The HSUS originally submitted a shareholder resolution to Domino's in October.
The resolution called for the company to prepare a report on the feasibility of ensuring that its pepperoni and ham come from producers that don't use gestation crates. The crates confine pregnant sows and prevent them from turning around. Their use has been under fire in the past few years, and numerous chains have vowed to phase them out, including Burger King earlier this week.
McDonald's, Wendy's and Compass Group, the world's largest foodservice provider, have also publicly committed to remove gestation crates from their supply chains.
Additionally, major pork producers have 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.
The HSUS has vowed to pitch the resolution to Domino's shareholders again next year.
"We are paying attention to what McDonald's and Burger King are doing and this is not a company that is holding its collective hand to its ears or to its eyes," Domino's McIntyre told AnnArbor.com. "We rely on animal experts to determine what is the best way to raise an animal that's being used for food."
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