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Pizza Chain Taken to Task for Misleading Response to Investors About Dehorning of Dairy Cows
For Immediate Release:February 27, 2013
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Louisville, Ky. -- Papa John's 2013 annual meeting will
include a shareholder resolution from PETA, which owns stock in the company,
that calls for the pizza chain to require that its dairy suppliers begin
phasing out dehorning, a painful process in which calves have their horns
gouged out or horn tissue burned out of their heads. Because the company's
currently planned statement in opposition to the resolution is designed to
mislead investors away from the facts—that dehorning has been scientifically
proved to cause calves immense pain and that breeding for naturally hornless
cattle is a currently used practice that is growing in popularity—PETA is now
calling on Papa John's to amend its statement to remove falsehoods and
"Everything from common sense to scientific studies
tells us that calves suffer excruciating pain when their sensitive horn tissue
is burned off with a hot iron," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy
Reiman. "PETA is urging Papa John's to stop pretending and admit that
dehorning is so cruel that the company should take action to stop it."
As shown in PETA's dehorning
video exposé, narrated by Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck, workers on
dairy farms burn searing-hot irons into calves' heads to destroy horn tissue or
use sharp instruments or other tools to saw, gouge, or cut out the horn and
sometimes the surrounding tissue. Cows struggle desperately during these
procedures, which are routinely performed without giving them any painkillers.
By breeding for polled cattle—which causes at least half the calves to be born
hornless since the polled gene is dominant—dairy farmers can eliminate this
cruel, costly, and labor-intensive procedure.
PETA's shareholder resolution and correspondence with Papa
John's is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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