Farmers Paying It Forward with Pizza
May 14, 2012
Have you heard what Domino’s Pizza
is doing now? They’re supporting America’s farm families, that’s what! The Domino’s corporation recently declared it trusts animal care experts to decide which practices are best for the production of animals for food.
The shareholders of the company voted to reject a proposal from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that would require the company’s pork producers to stop using gestation stalls. While this isn’t the first time HSUS has been rejected by Domino’s, it won’t be the last time HSUS proposes this type of policy to its shareholders.
"We’re pleased that 4% of all Domino’s shareholders feel strongly enough about animal protection to vote for our resolution, with an additional 16% at least abstaining from the vote so as to not block the resolution," says Matthew Prescott, HSUS’ food policy director. "We’re also pleased that the vote we garnered is of a sufficient level to allow us to resubmit a resolution to the company next year, if it fails to address the gestation crate issue by that time."
How can farmers prevent this from passing next year? There’s not much they can do but say thank-you for not supporting it this year and hope that the shareholders of Domino’s pizza will continue to use sound judgment and common sense.
Many plan to show their appreciation this weekend; in fact, hundreds of farm families are participating in an event called "Farmers Paying It Forward with Pizza
" and you can get involved too! Here’s how it works. On the weekend of May 19, purchase a pizza from Domino’s. While you are there, leave a note for the manager explaining that you’re a semi local farmer (many will have to travel a distance to find a Domino’s) and express your appreciation for their company supporting your family. It’s that simple. Check out this Facebook event
for more information.