While Burger King has pledged to only purchase pork products from producers who don’t use gestation-sow stalls by 2017 – Domino’s Pizza shareholders have rejected a resolution proposed by the Humane Society of the United States to require its pork suppliers to stop housing gestating sows in stalls. In fact – 80-percent of shareholders voted against the resolution. The company’s Board of Directors reportedly said the issue should be addressed directly with producers and suppliers – not customers.
The Board’s proxy statement cites statements from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians that indicate there are advantages and disadvantages to both cage-free and caged pork production methods. A Domino’s spokesperson says the company relies on animal experts to determine the best way to raise an animal that’s used for food. But HSUS will try again – the Food Policy Director for HSUS says they will resubmit a resolution to the company next year if it fails to address the gestation crate issue by that time.
Source: NAFB News Service