Tell Domino’s Pizza to Stop Using Cruel Gestation Crates

Target: Domino’s Pizza

Goal: Encourage Domino’s Pizza to phase out use of cruel gestation crates

Many meat-heavy fast food restaurants have agreed to appease consumers and phase out of using uncomfortable, inhumane and harmful gestation crates for the pigs that they use in their pork products. When asked to do the same and treat their pigs with more respect, Domino’s Pizza refused to comply and stated that it was not their responsibility to treat their pigs humanely. Pigs that are raised for consumption deserve to have enough room to move around and be the intelligent and social animals that they are, before their lives are taken from them to be used as food.

Gestation crates are tiny cages, typically two by seven feet, that sows live in while they are pregnant. When the sow gives birth she is moved to an enclosed area, a farrowing crate, where she is allowed to nurse her young. When the piglets are weaned, the sow is once again returned to the gestation crate and impregnated; this cycle continues for the entirety of the sows life. McDonalds; Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer on the planet; Wendy’s and Burger King all agree that gestation crates are inhumane and are phasing out of using the crates.

The Humane Society of the United States asked Domino’s stakeholders, in April of 2012, to stop purchasing pork from suppliers that use gestation crates. Many huge corporations are purchasing more humane pork and eight states have outlawed use of the crates. Michigan, Domino’s home state, is one of the eight.

No matter the public or moral pressure Domino’s refuses to budge on their stance. A petition created previously on Change.org acquired 135,000 signatures urging Domino’s to “phase cruel gestation crates out of their supply chains”. Let us top this number and demand that Domino’s phase out of the use of gestation crates. Tell them to finally set an example, rather than be made an example, and phase out quicker than any other food chain.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Domino’s Pizza,

Many fast-food restaurants and major pork suppliers have agreed that gestation crates are inhumane and unnecessary. Companies like McDonalds, Burger King and Smithfield Foods are phasing out of the use of gestation crates for their sows. These companies understand that pigs are intelligent and social animals. If you insist on killing them for food, at least allow them a more comfortable life.

Domino’s stance on gestation crates is no mystery. The Humane Society of the United States urges Domino’s to phase out of gestation crates, as do consumers. A petition created on Change.org acquired 135,000 signatures; these are potential customers that believe Domino’s lack of concern is enough for them to petition against the decision to continue with crates, and ultimately not purchase a Domino’s product. A 2007 study from Iowa State University found that getting rid of gestation crates resulted in an 11% cost savings for pork producers. The right decision is simple, more cost effective, more popular with consumers and more humane.

I am urging Domino’s to listen to the consumers and the facts. Many other fast food restaurants are making the change, and have gained a positive spotlight due to their decision to phase out of gestation crates. Make the move to more humane raising methods. Make the transition quickly and gain popularity in a positive manner. Domino’s Pizza: make the right decision.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Humane Society of the United States via wikimedia.org

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6 Comments

  1. angie harper says:

    Thinking of missing the meat off your Dominos pizza?
    Help this appalling misuse of animal welfare stop.
    WE are the difference, use your voice, as piggy can’t!

  2. J Davidson says:

    We don’t need these atrocities, and we don’t need to eat your pizza!!!

  3. Susan St. John says:

    No more Dominoes for me!

  4. lori surdam says:

    boycott till they smarten up!!

  5. I wrote to Domino’s about the use of (cruel)gestation crates, and they replied:
    “Helene,

    Thank you for contacting us at our World Resource Center. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with only top-quality products, we at Domino’s Pizza work diligently with our world renowned suppliers to ensure they meet or exceed the company’s rigorous standards with respect to food quality and safety. We are currently working this through with our suppliers, each of whom do purchase a percentage of their pork from farmers who do not use gestation crates.

    We also care about the humane treatment of animals. Domino’s Pizza does not own, raise, transport or process the meats used for our products, but our suppliers know of our commitment to the humane treatment of animals and the expectations we have of them. Our suppliers meet or exceed industry standards for the humane treatment and processing of the pork used in our products.

    Most sincerely,

    Valerie
    Domino’s Pizza Customer Care”

  6. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

    Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable.

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with humanbeings.

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