Thank Domino’s; order a pizza

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A grassroots movement is afoot among those who support U.S. agriculture. More specifically, social media is sending out the word far and wide to support Domino’s Pizza this weekend, May 18-20, by ordering a pie—or several. It's being called Ag Pizza Party.

It would be a great option for a staff lunch, a gathering with friends and neighbors or a weekend dinner with your family. Missouri pork producer and agvocate Chris Chinn presented the idea last week in a blog post she wrote for Just Farmers. The blog The Truth About Agriculture started a Facebook Group, Farmers Paying it Forward with Pizza where you can go to show your support for the idea.

The organizers are also asking those who participate to drop off a "thank you" note when you pick up your order. You can print out a sample to use here.

The point behind the effort is for the farming community, its friends and advocates to show support for the Domino’s Pizza shareholders who rejected a resolution proposed by the Humane Society of the United States  (HSUS) to require its pork suppliers to only buy pork from producers not using gestation-sow stalls. The vote wasn’t even close, with 80 percent of shareholders voting against the measure. In all, 4 percent supported the measure—by the way, HSUS is a Domino’s shareholder—and 16 percent abstained from the vote.

Its proxy statement Domino’s Board of Directors pointed out that the company’s pork suppliers use animals from farms “that use a variety of animal management systems, including from farms that do not use gestation stalls.” It also cited the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) published statements indicating there are advantages and disadvantages to both cage-free and caged pork production methods.

“We rely on animal experts to determine what is the best way to raise an animal that’s being used for food,” Tim McIntyre, Domino's spokesperson, responded following the vote.

According to Chinn, “Domino’s decision speaks volumes to me as a farmer. It shows they trust the experts I trust. It shows they trust me. I appreciate that.”

Chinn points out that she had to drive 45 minutes to pick up her pizzas, but said it’s more than worth the effort and she hopes others will seek out the restaurant this weekend and have an Ag Pizza Party.



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Peggy bellar    
Kansas  |  May, 15, 2012 at 08:46 AM

A week or so ago when I heard the news about domino's standing up against ignorance based HSUS, I personally called Domino's headquarters to give them a HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE!!! It is about time someone had the decency to stick up for what is truly right and not band with the people who force uneducated information to gullible people. DOMINO'S WILL GET ALL MY PIZZA ORDERS FROM NOW ON!!!!

Travis Dunekacke    
Elk Creek, Nebraska  |  May, 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM

Peggy, Does that mean you believe in keeping a sow in a 2' x 7' metal their entire adult life?

Bob Glock    
Tucson, AZ  |  May, 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Help promote more companies that believe in science and responsible production practices rather than scare tactics. Avoid the Chipotle types.

Travis Dunekacke    
Elk Creek, Nebraska  |  May, 15, 2012 at 07:43 PM

Avoid the company that pays a decent price for hogs, serves high quality ingredients, & has higher standards for fast food Bob?

Karen Michael    
Arizona  |  May, 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Domino's decision also speaks volumes to consumers, who overwhelmingly oppose the cruel confinement of pregant pigs.

Karen Michael    
Arizona  |  May, 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Domino's decision also speaks volumes to consumers, who overwhelmingly oppose the cruel confinement of pregant pigs.

John Stahl    
SD  |  May, 15, 2012 at 07:49 PM

As a former employee to a modern pig operation. I understand farmers investing a great amount of money to build pig housing that protects sows, piglets and workers alike. I was in charge of a facility that housed it's pregnant sows in pens, and although in featured a state-of-the-art electronic feed station the bullying and abuse (biting,dislocated limbs,severed ears. etc.) the more timid animals received from the "boss' sows more than convinced me about the necessity of stalls and crates. To animal lovers I say. If you really care about the animals in these facilities, leave them protected in stalls.

Jenn    
Indiana  |  May, 15, 2012 at 02:03 PM

Thank you Dominos pizza from all Indiana Pork Producers! You will always have my business from here on!

Travis Dunekacke    
Elk Creek, Nebraska  |  May, 15, 2012 at 07:48 PM

Jenn, Will you or your family ever eat again at McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Denny's, or the numerous other chains that will soon make gestation crates a thing of the past in the US?

Tonia    
Iowa  |  May, 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

When I first saw that Dominos had stood up to HSUS pressures I sent them a note of congratulations. I believe in expressing my values with my money and I will be ordering exclusively from Dominos. I know hog farmers and I know that, with rare exception, they do the best they can for their animals. The HSUS is a vegetarian activist group and it's time we stopped giving them control of the meat debate!

Travis Dunekacke    
Elk Creek, Nebraska  |  May, 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Tonia, Hog farms that expect to survive will need sows that can function in and last in pens. Gestation crates will not exist in five years in the U.S. There is a growing base of educated consumers that DO NOT want their pork produced in gestation crates. YES, they are willing and more than able to pay for those prodcts. Alarmists worry about "taking meat off our plate" & a commodity market hog today is only worth a little over $150? Innovative producers have and will continue to prosper. Those that fight change will be miserable and ultimately perish.

Terry Ward    
Pa.  |  May, 20, 2012 at 06:23 AM

Our fathers and grandfathers fought and died for their way of life and you folks organize pizza-parties for yours. Maybe you all might give up defending/denying the bad guys. Because as long as you do, the good guys will suffer.

Matthew    
Houston, TX  |  June, 12, 2012 at 06:07 PM

That is rather obtuse. Who do you consider the good guys and who do you consider the bad guys? I've always been a fan of letting the market decide. If people do not like how the pigs are treated, do no order from Domino's. I will be boycotting Domino's which is pretty easy since both Pizza Hut and Papa John's make better pizza.


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