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NPPC praises Domino's decision regarding gestation stalls

Domino's Pizza shareholders last Wednesday rejected – by a majority vote of 80 percent – a resolution from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) requiring its pork suppliers to stop the use of gestation stalls. The National Pork Producers Council hailed the move as a vote for common sense.

Animal activist groups recently have influenced several prominent foodservice companies, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, to make poorly informed decisions on sow housing.
“The vote to reject the HSUS resolution was a vote for common sense,” said NPPC President R.C. Hunt, a pork producer from Wilson, N.C. “We appreciate Domino’s belief that America’s farmers, veterinarians and other animal agriculture experts are better suited than activist groups to determine what the best animal care practices are.”
US pork producers care about their animals and rely on the experience and knowledge of animal care experts, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, when designing housing and handling their animals. These associations recognize both gestation stalls and group housing systems as appropriate for providing for the well-being of sows during pregnancy.
“Removing sow stalls has no demonstrable health or welfare benefits to animals,” said Dr. Liz Wagstrom, NPPC chief veterinarian. “In fact, the key factor that most affects animal well-being is husbandry skills – that is, the care given to each animal. There is no scientific consensus on the best way to house gestating sows because each type of housing system has inherent advantages and disadvantages.”
Source: NPPC


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    pigs are raised for our food. in the end they all end up being eaten.

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    Brent Taylor

    The two sides of this argument seem to have taken hopeless polar opposite stances which helps nobody to make good decisions.
    The fact that the NPPC have used a vet as a spokesperson doesn't make them the greater moral authority in what is really an ethical matter in the use of animals for food.
    At the end of this is a consumer, someone who will make buying decisions based on what they believe. Consumers can be educated and informed and make their own minds up. They don't "need" either industry lobby groups or Animal Activists to do this for them. In the end the consumers will dictate to the buyers (the supermarkets, fast food retailers etc) and the meat industry will change or die.
    It will not die.
    Food will never go out of fashion, public perceptions will change and we in the business of producing animals for meat have a responsibility to listen, to learn and to adapt.
    The key word is "humane", what does that mean to you?

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    Wow! I am no longer going to purchase your pizza. I'm sure McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King and your other more progressive competitors will appreciate your decision to stay in the stone age as they will be the ones reaping the benefits. The majority of your consumers, however, will not be pleased... myself included.

    Eliminating this type of confinement housing is part of a revolution - and yes, science shows proof of the benefits of doing so.

    Clearly your vet got their degree from the dollar store. True, there consensus on the best way to house gestating sows; however, THERE IS sound scientific proof that gestation stalls negatively affect sow health and welfare - injuries like open sores and abscesses from rubbing on barren concrete and bone weakness are two of them. Isn't avoiding these injuries part of good husbandry???

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