This article from October 23 is enormously reassuring in how the big players such as Pets At Home are moving forward –
Supporting sustainable pet owners
An example of these kinds of environmental commitments can be found at Pets at Home, the UK’s leading pet specialist retailer with 453 stores across the UK, which has made huge commitments to net zero goals.
The Pets At Home 2022 Social Value Report stated: “We are in a unique position to support our customers to be sustainable pet owners by leading the way in providing sustainable choices across our pet care ecosystem. Our goal for the planet is to be net zero by 2040, this is an ambitious carbon reduction goal that aligns to the Science Based Targets initiative.”
But as with any significant cultural shift, especially when it comes to pets, challenges lie ahead. There is still a lot of market education to be done and retailers need to step up to the plate in the same way they have done in the plant-based human space.
There is reason to remain optimistic that in five to 10 years’ time, most dog owners will not think twice about regularly feeding plant-based products whether that is in the form of complete meals, treats or dental chews.
If this happens, perhaps collectively as pet parents, we’ll be actively taking a bite out of the climate crisis.
As each country prepares to reach their zero carbon emissions agreement, we have meat-based pet food manufacturers panicking as Category 3 animal fat is also very valuable to the renewable diesel market
Meatly to sell ‘first-ever’ cultivated pet food at Pets At Home
Edgard & Cooper partners with Deliciously Ella for plant-based food launch
Dr Jo works for an independent vet practice in Devon and she asked some very valid questions during a lunch and learn about plant-based dog nutrition at her practice. Her main focus in practice is around treating dogs with atopic skin conditions due to sensitivities,...
In becoming a B Corp, THE PACK is the first fully plant-based pet food startup in Europe to join the B Corp movement
The UK’s first true naturally hypoallergenic diet that is also extremely palatable
Prof Rob Foale is a Small Animal Medicine Specialist and in October 2023, he produced a very balanced and interesting webinar on raw feeding of our pets
UK Pet Foods REMOVED the page on their website promoting anything to do with Vegan/Vegetarian diets
Listen to Dr Arielle Griffiths being interviewed by Evan Davis from BBC 4 Radio
As yet, there have been NO published studies of this kind looking at the benefits of high fish-based diets, raw food diets or even insect-based diets in cats, so this really is a step forward for sustainability and pet health
Lily’s Kitchen Finds Success in Plant Power Meals and Treats for Dogs
Dr Sue Paterson, RCVS President and Senior Vice President of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatologists interviews Dr Arielle Griffiths about Sustainable Pet Foods