Written by Jeff Mackey
Confronted by PETA over misleading propaganda, Papa John's
has amended its opposition statement to remove outright falsehoods since
it's clear that calves suffer miserably when their horn buds are burnt off or developing horns are gouged out or cut off.
What Papa John's really
needs to do is to stop opposing PETA's shareholder resolution and take decisive action to stop its suppliers from dehorning cows.
The following was originally published on February 28, 2013:
Owning stock in a company allows PETA to suggest policy changes, attend annual meetings, and
propose resolutions to help animals in a way that can't be easily ignored. Unfortunately,
this doesn't guarantee that corporate bigwigs won't dig in their heels and refuse
to make simple changes that would reduce cruelty to animals nor stop them from trying to mislead other
stockholders about PETA's resolution—as pizza giant Papa John's has done in
response to a proposal to address the painful dehorning of cows on the dairy factory
farms in the company's supply chain. Now PETA is calling on the pizza giant to set
the record straight by removing falsehoods and misinformation from its statement
of opposition to PETA's resolution.
As shown in PETA's video exposé of dehorning, narrated by Oscar-nominated actor 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 off, gouge out, or cut off the horn and
sometimes the surrounding tissue. Cows struggle desperately during these
procedures, which are typically performed without the use of pain relief. Dairy
farmers can easily eliminate this cruel, expensive, and labor-intensive
procedure by breeding for polled (hornless) cattle, which causes at least half
the calves to be born hornless since the polled gene is dominant.
Both common sense and scientific evidence reveal that calves
suffer from agonizing pain when their sensitive tissue is burned or sawed off
or gouged out of their heads. It's time for Papa John's to stop pretending and come
clean about the cruelty of dehorning—and then take decisive action to stop it.
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