This article is from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/world/outlaw-ocean-thailand-fishing-sea-slaves-pets.html and is quite disturbing. The Mars, Inc. company has plans to use only non-threatened fish caught legally or raised on farms and certified by third-party auditors as not being linked to forced labor by 2020. Hmmm...plans by 2020? It's 2015 and why can't you stop now?
With all the takeovers from large pet food companies you might be shocked to find out what dog and cat food brands are under the Mars, Inc. umbrella. You can find them at http://www.mars.com/global/brands/petcare.aspx Nestle is another mentioned in this article and the dog and cat food brands under their umbrella can be found at http://www.nestle.com/brands/petcare
Here are 2 excerpts from the article:
"In the past year, Thai Union has shipped more than 28 million pounds of seafood-based cat and dog food for some of the top brands sold in America including Iams, Meow Mix and Fancy Feast, according to United States Customs documents.
The United States is the biggest customer of Thai fish, and pet food is among the fastest growing exports from Thailand, more than doubling since 2009 and last year totaling more than $190 million. The average pet cat in the United States eats 30 pounds of fish per year, about double that of a typical American."
"Lisa K. Gibby, vice president of corporate communications for Nestlé, which makes pet food brands including Fancy Feast and Purina, said that the company is working hard to ensure that forced labor is not used to produce its pet food. “This is neither an easy nor a quick endeavor,” she added, because the fish it purchases comes from multiple ports and fishing vessels operating in international waters.
Some pet food companies are trying to move away from using fish. Mars Inc., for example, which sold more than $16 billion worth of pet food globally in 2012, roughly a quarter of the world’s market, has already replaced fishmeal in some of its pet food and will continue in that direction. By 2020, the company plans to use only non-threatened fish caught legally or raised on farms and certified by third-party auditors as not being linked to forced labor."
Makes you feel good about feeding these brands...doesn't it?