There’s been quite a bit of news lately revolving around the use of gestation stalls in pork production, driven primarily by animal rights organizations and even misinformed consumers.
While these organizations believe gestation stalls in pork production are a cruel practice, in reality, gestation stalls have allowed farmers to raise higher-quality, healthier animals.
Gestation stalls provide farmers with the ability to provide individual care for each animal on their farms, allowing for tailored nutrition plans, easier handling when it comes to treating sick animals and even increased safety and health for the pigs and farmers.
Still, despite the proven, scientific information behind them, animals rights organizations are still working with restaurants and grocery stores to effectively stop pork producers from using gestation stalls when raising their animals.
Another instance of this happened just this week when Safeway grocery stores announced it would begin formulating plans to sell only gestation stall-free pork in their grocery stores.
Safeway is just the latest in a rash of restaurants and grocery stores to make the announcement, proving that it isn’t the only company with a CEO who doesn’t understand that with the change there probably won’t be enough pork to go around.
But, there is a silver lining in the animal rights cloud that now carries McDonalds, Safeway, Compass, Burger King and many others: Dominos.
That’s right. Dominos Pizza.
Last month, Dominos shareholders voted — overwhelmingly — to reject a resolution offered 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 proposed resolution, saying, “We believe this is an issue that should be addressed directly with producers and suppliers, not customers.”
Dominos spokesperson Tim McIntyre said, “We rely on animal experts to determine what is the best way to raise an animal that’s being used for food.”
In other words, Dominos – to its credit – wants pork producers to make decisions about how to produce the best end product and best care for their animals.
Well, geez, that’s downright sensible. So, kudos to Dominos for making decisions based on science and common sense, not propaganda.
All this talk about pizza is making me kind of hungry. Anyone want to have a pizza party? I think I know a place where we can get some…