PETA Shareholder Resolution Calls On Domino’s to End Cow Mutilations

Group Will Grill Company Execs at Annual Meeting About Dairy Suppliers’ Painful Dehorning of Calves

For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Domino’s Pizza’s 2013 annual meeting will include a statement from a representative of PETA, which owns stock in the company, in support of a shareholder resolution filed by the group. PETA is calling on Domino’s—the world’s second-largest pizza chain with more than 9,700 delivery locations in 65 countries—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. PETA will point out how breeding for naturally hornless, or polled, cows eliminates one of the most painful things done to cows on dairy farms. PETA’s statement will also serve to rebut Domino’s misleading statement to shareholders in opposition to PETA’s resolution.

When:   Tuesday, April 23, 10 a.m.

Where:  Domino’s headquarters, 30 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr., Ann Arbor

“Everything from common sense to scientific studies tells us that calves experience excruciating pain when their horns are gouged out or their sensitive horn tissue is burned off with a hot iron,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Instead of standing idly by, Domino’s should be taking action to help phase out this painful mutilation of baby cows.”

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 and cry out in pain 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—dairy farmers can eliminate this cruel procedure.

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