PETA Releases List Of Ethical Pet Food Producers
For Immediate Release:
15 May 2008
London – Caring animal guardians do not realise that the food they lovingly give to their companion animals might have been tested on other animals who have been confined to laboratories, subjected to painful and invasive tests and even killed. To help consumers choose pet food that doesn’t involve abusive tests on animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has compiled a list of companies that do not conduct animal tests for their foods.
Studies conducted on animals involve confining dogs and cats to stark laboratories for years on end and cutting open animals’ bodies for nutrition tests. Some of the animals used in the experiments are killed. The new PETA list, which can be viewed at http://www.peta.org.uk/feat/non_tested_companion_animal_food.asp , is an invaluable resource for caring consumers, and it includes companies such as national retailer the Co-op and Yarrah, who also make vegetarian/vegan dog food.
“If you love your cat or dog, you’ll want to know if other animals have suffered or died in laboratories for the sake of their food”, says PETA’s Alistair Currie. “The companies on this new list realise that there is no need to cut chunks of flesh out of dogs’ legs and other atrocious experiments to see if food is tasty and nutritious. Our supporters often ask us about pet-food testing, so we are happy to offer them and all other ethical consumers this new resource.”
Companies that continue to test on animals or fund animal studies include Nestlé, Masterfoods and Iams. Iams made improvements in animal welfare in response to an exposé by PETA US and a worldwide PETA campaign, but they still confine cats and dogs and allow invasive and deadly tests on other species. PETA continues to put pressure on Iams with the hope of adding the company to the list in the future. Companies not included on the list either admitted to testing on confined animals or did not reply to PETA’s enquiries about their policies.
For more information and to view the full list, please visit PETA.org.uk.