May 17, 2012 by dairycarrie
Picture in your mind, it’s a Thursday night, you’re tired and hungry and you’ve maybe had a few beers. You want pizza and you are luck enough that your husband is still in town, where pizza is a carryout option. You have options, there is a new Little Caesar’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, two local places and a Domino’s. How do you pick?
Recently, when presented with a proposal from HSUS (Humane Society of the United States, not the same as your local animal shelter) to ban gestation crates in pig barns, the board members of Domino’s said no. Instead they said that they would reach out to the folks that produce their ingredients the farmers and ranchers across the country and ask them what the best management practices are. Why would they do that when so many other companies have gone along with the demands of a very vocal group? Because they count the folks that work with the animals everyday as experts. So tonight we had Dominos.
So to be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had Domino’s pizza. I don’t remember liking it very much and while I know they had responded to customer feedback and improved their pizzas from their commercials, I hadn’t taken the leap to try it again until tonight. I have to say, it was really good! But the box, I must say, stole my heart.
So not only does Domino’s choose to listen to the true experts when it comes to animal welfare, they give a shout out to my cows. I think that is pretty awesome. Of course I am not the only one applauding Domino’s decision. There are many other farmer’s and rancher’s that want to say thanks and a few of them came up with a plan. This weekend help us out and say thank you to your local Domino’s by joining the “Ag Pizza Party”. You don’t have to be a farmer or a rancher, all you have to do is appreciate a company trusting the folks that are the experts in their field and order a pizza. I would also suggest printing out the thank you note that they have here and giving it to the manager so that they know why you choose their business over the other options.
I also took this opportunity to find out more about pork production practices. To be honest, I really didn’t know exactly what a farrowing crate or gestation crate was. I really liked the video that Chris Chinn posted showing her facilities and I know that if I have questions about pork production in the future I can ask her.