This weekend farmers are staging a rally for Domino’s Pizza.
Why? They want to thank Domino’s Pizza shareholders for making a big decision regarding animal welfare.
Bacon, ham, Canadian bacon and pork sausage are popular pizza toppings. Recently, the Humane Society of the United States pressured Domino’s to stop topping their pizzas with pork from suppliers who house sows in gestation stalls. These stalls are used to help protect sows, which are pregnant pigs.
When many folks think about pigs, they think of Wilbur, the cute, cuddly pig from Charlotte’s Web. While we cherish this classic childhood story, the reality is that pigs can weigh several hundred pounds and have sharp teeth. In fact, a sow can weigh around 500 pounds. Some boars, adult male pigs used for breeding, can weigh as much as 1,000 pounds!
When several gestating sows are housed together, they can become aggressive. If you’re a mom, you might recall being easily irritated during your pregnancy. Can you imagine if you were being bullied by other expectant moms but had no space to get away? And, what if those other moms weighed 500 pounds and had sharp teeth? Yikes! Gestation stalls give the soon-to-be mama pigs privacy and protection to minimize injuries, reduce stress and keep their unborn babies safe. Continue reading