Domino’s Pizza ‘just says no’ to Humane Society of the United States

By Mike Barnett

Domino’s Pizza “just said no” to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Shareholders of the pizza giant overwhelmingly rejected a HSUS proposal to study ending the use of pork from suppliers who confine pregnant pigs in gestation stalls.

It’s about time one of the major fast food franchises showed some backbone to the animal rights activist group. Other fast-food companies—including Burger King, McDonald’s and Wendy’s—have caved to their demands, fearing HSUS will stir public outcry and reprisal if they don’t.

The use of the gestation stalls—which confine sows during pregnancy—is at the center of the controversy. I’m not defending nor condemning their use. I truly don’t know enough about pork production to make that judgment.

Lacking knowledge, I’ll turn to the experts—the American Veterinary Medical Association –for their views on animal care. That organization says there are advantages and disadvantages to both cage-free and caged pork production methods.

To address animal welfare in the long term, they suggest retaining advantages of current housing systems while making improvements in design to overcome identified problems.

Sounds reasonable to me: let research and science determine what animal welfare standards should be, not an animal rights activist group who misplays public sentiments not to achieve better animal welfare, but to end food-animal production.

“We rely on animal experts to determine what is the best way to raise an animal that’s being used for food,” Domino’s spokesperson Tim McIntyre said.

I don’t think animal rights activists qualify as experts. I think livestock growers working hand-in-hand with veterinarians do.

Thank you, Domino’s, for not playing follow-the-leader in these fast-food follies.

I’ll take an extra-large… Pepperoni, please!


Mike Barnett

Director of Publications
Texas Farm Bureau
I’m a firm believer that farmers and ranchers will continue to meet the needs of a growing world population by employing equal measures of common sense, conservation and technology.
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6 Responses to “Domino’s Pizza ‘just says no’ to Humane Society of the United States”

  1. Anyone who has or does raise hogs, knows that the gestation cages, stops the sow from laying on and crushing their babies, or even worse, some sows will catch and eat their own babies. Animal activists are going too far over the top any more! Let the farmers do their jobs, becuase they know livestock needs. Hats off to Domino’s!

  2. Penny Mauel says:

    Good for Dominos! We have suddenly become HUGE Domino fans! It is way past time to stand up to the very uneducated, who believe that food “grows” in the back of the grocery store and yell “Enough already!” Our hands are constantly being tied by those who have absolutely NO idea how hard we producers work to raise good, safe, food animals which we treat with great care and often grow quite fond. Today I will stop by Domino’s and purchase a huge sausage bedecked pizza! Penny Mauel

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have to say I’m a little disturbed by this blog. I have historically worked for a government organization, not in Texas, and the role of the government is not to “pick sides”. We can quote best management practices and studies but never pick sides. This is disturbing to day the least. It might be a personal opinion but I don’t feel this is the “goverment” who should be saying one side is right and one side is wrong unless its a crimial case. This, being spoken as a meat eater, but who also knows when you should not cross the line.

    • Gene Hall says:

      Anonymous – I don’t know what to make of this – unless you are thinging Farm Bureau is a government agency. This is not the case. The name comes from a time more than a century ago when there was a “farm” “bureau” of some local chambers of commerce for the purpose of teaching new farming techniques. That has not happened in decades. Farm Bureau is an organizaiton of farm and ranch families and other interested parties – representing the interests of agriculture. No line has been crossed. Rest easy.

    • Mike Barnett says:

      No one and no organization mentioned in this blog is with the government.

  4. Nancy Feeney says:

    Congratulations, Domino’s Pizza! Not only do you make some of the best and most innovative pizzas on the market today AND deliver it right to our door,your Board has the guts to stand up to the oppression of HSUS. My husband has ordered Domino’s Pizza exclusively for 20 years. This will be just one more thing he has been right about all these years!

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