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!