PIJAC continues to be concerned about United’s current policy and is eager to work with the responsible pet care community to encourage a revised policy that prioritizes science, animal well-being, and the welfare of handlers and passengers.


United Airlines has recently made substantial changes to its animal transportation policy to the severe detriment of the pet trade.  While their initial change banned the transport of virtually anything except a dog or a cat, they have now published an updated policy which allows for the transport of live fish (including tropical fish), mice and other rodents for laboratory purposes, amphibians, insects (including bees), day-old poultry and hatching eggs, and live animals shipped as food for consumption (including crustaceans and shellfish).

While this may appear to be a reprieve for some segments of the pet industry, others remain deeply affected.  United Cargo will not accept shipments of birds (except day-old poultry and hatching eggs), snakes and other reptiles, rabbits, sugar gliders, zoo animals, or other warm-blooded animals (except as listed under “will accept” above). 

We at the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) have expressed our deep concern over the recent changes that United Airlines has made concerning its animal transportation policy.  The lists of allowed and forbidden animals appear to lack any basis in science, animal welfare, cargo handler welfare, or even passenger welfare.  Instead, it appears to be based entirely on the perceived mainstream acceptance of the transported animal as a family pet.  As an organization with many members that handle, care for and work with these animals daily, we believe that United Airlines is grossly underestimating the popularity of many of these animals and we fail to understand the rationale for banning them.

It is critical that the entirety of the pet trade weigh in on this decision.  Even if your segment of the industry can continue to ship on United, such policies are often adopted by other airlines who make their own changes to them and you could very well be next.  We at PIJAC strongly urge all parties in the pet trade to contact United Airlines and inform them that you disagree with their new animal transportation policy.  Although our link to communicate with United Airlines does contain talking points that may be helpful in crafting your communication, we strongly recommend that you personalize this letter to describe your own situation.  If you or any of your suppliers transport products with United, please share that fact.  Please share this as widely as possible.

Also, please forward any response that you receive from United Airlines to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

-Pet Industry’s Premier Event, held March 21-23, in Orlando, FL, celebrated major milestones

at high-energy, record-breaking Show-

(Stamford, CT) —Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and COO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) is proud to announce Global Pet Expo 2018 successfully wrapped its 14th Show with record-setting size during the three-day Premier Industry Event. Global Pet Expo, presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), boasted a Show Floor spanning 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space to accommodate the growing number of attendees and booths.

 

Global Pet Expo, where the pet industry met All Under One Roof, experienced impressive growth in the number of exhibiting companies with 1,164, up three percent from 2017, with 272 first-time exhibitors making their debut at the Show. The Show Floor also expanded with 3,523 booths, a 2.5 percent increase over last year’s Show. Total buyer attendance was 6,508, representing 77 countries from around the world.  More than 2,100 buyers attended Global Pet Expo for the first time, which is a 26 percent increase from 2017. 

 

“As the premier industry trade show, it is of the utmost importance to Global Pet Expo officials that we continue to expand the offerings and enhance the trade show experience for attendees each and every year,” said Darmohraj.  “And, we’re excited to announce the Show Floor will be even bigger and better than ever at the 2019 Show.”

 

This year’s Global Pet Expo was marked with high energy and enthusiasm as attendees and exhibitors were more engaged than ever before. New educational and networking opportunities and increased social media engagement created a constant buzz on the Show Floor.  For the first time, mini educational sessions took place in the New Products Showcase that were so well attended there was standing room only. And the debut of aquatic seminars in the Aquatic Lounge on the Show Floor were a welcome addition for members of the aquarium industry.

 

Overall, the 2018 expanded Academy was a huge success attracting nearly 1,800 attendees, up 12.5 percent from last year. The Academy, managed by PIDA, featured 20 speakers offering 35 hours of retailer education on topics such as social media marketing, competing with online retailers, merchandising tips, customer service solutions and the hottest topics in employment law.

 

Social media engagement was also at an all-time high, as the Show employed the latest trends to reach thousands of users.  Compared to last year, 25 percent more people were retweeting, mentioning and hash-tagging about Global Pet Expo 2018 on Twitter, while on Instagram, the #GlobalPetExpo hashtag was used nearly 10,000 times. New for this year, Global Pet Expo took advantage of the growing popularity of Instagram stories by posting our own, while more than a hundred people mentioned the Show in their Instagram stories.  Global Pet Expo also received over 1,000 Facebook live views, and the Show’s Snapchat filter was seen by more than 5,000 people.

 

Global Pet Expo featured more than 1,000 entries in the impressive 30,000 square-foot New Products Showcase, as more buyers turned out than ever before, casting twice as many votes for their favorite products. Now in its eighth year, the New Products Showcase “Best in Show” awards ceremony took place on the Show Floor where awards were handed out to Best in Show, Second and Third place winners across nine categories. Petronics, Inc. took home the top prize in the Cat category with their new “Mousr” and Aquapaw, LLC took home top Dog category award with their new “Aquapaw Pet Bathing System.” With more entrants and more votes cast than ever, buyers narrowed down top picks to determine the winners. Visit the press center on GlobalPetExpo.org for a full list of the New Products Showcase winners.

 

Global Pet Expo also garnered national media attention from those within the industry and outside the industry as outlets were eager to share the latest trends and products with their pet-owning audience. From representatives covering for NBC, CBS, Fox, USA Today, industry trade publications and more, Global Pet Expo provided fun and exciting content on endless amounts of pet product and ownership information. 

 

2018 also marked a commemorative year for both associations as they celebrated milestone anniversaries, APPA’s 60th and PIDA’s 50th, at a special reception for their members held during Global Pet Expo.

 

“It is remarkable to think that this organization, founded by a small group of distributors meeting in Chicago in 1968, continues to provide value to distributors, their suppliers and customers all these years later,” commented PIDA president Steve King. “We are very proud of our legacy of service to the pet industry and look forward to helping our members thrive as they face future challenges and opportunities.”

 

Similarly, APPA was founded by a group of 17 companies in 1958, and six decades later consists of over 1,200 domestic and international pet product manufacturers, importers and livestock suppliers, representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.

 

“As we’ve looked back at how The Association got its start with just a few key players in such a small industry at the time, it’s amazing to see the progress we’ve made that has led us to where we are today, part of a 69 billion dollar industry,” said Bob Vetere, president and CEO of APPA.

 

During Global Pet Expo, APPA released its annual pet industry spending figures- announcing a record-breaking $69.51 billion in pet spending for 2017, up from $66.75 billion in 2016.  Estimated spending for this year is $72.13 billion; another 3.7 percent growth.

Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. It is not open to the general public. The 2019 Global Pet Expo will take place Wednesday – Friday, March 20-22, 2019 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center. For details, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

 

“The level of attendee and exhibitor engagement was fantastic this year, creating such high energy and buzz throughout the Show, making it the most successful Global Pet Expo to date,” added Darmohraj.

 

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Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2018 Show featured 1,164 exhibitors, 3,523 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,508 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2019 Show will take place March 20-22, in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,200 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust.  Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bond. Visit www.pida.org for more information.

 

Talkin' Pets News

March 10, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Anne Wheaton author of Piggy and Pug will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/10/18 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away her new book

Mara Bovsun, Features Editor at AKC Family Dog along with the DWAA will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/10/18 at 720pm EDT to discuss DWAA’s new program, “Young Writers on the Web,”

Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Entertainment has just released on Blu Ray, DVD, Digital, “THOR: RAGNAROK” and you can win a gift box this Saturday 3/10/18 on Talkin' Pets, game play will be announced each hour 5-8pm EDT


“America Loves Pets” Study Finds Most Talked-About Pets on Social Media 
To learn more about the relationship between Americans and their pets, TrustedHousesitters analyzed a year’s worth of social media conversation, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (March 2016-March 2017) to identify the most popular pets in each state. Visit the interactive graph to learn which pets are most popular in your state. Key findings include: 
- Californians talk the most about pets on social media
- Dogs hanging out with donkeys, cats nuzzling up with hamsters, budgies perching on the house rabbit and other harmonious pairings received more than 124,000 mentions  
-  The hashtag #crazycatlady has been used nearly 3.5 million times worldwide on Instagram
-  The most popular pet across the United States is the bulldog. However, most popular varied by states—in California and Texas, the most popular pet is the chihuahua; in Maine and South Carolina, it’s the Labrador; in Alaska and Ohio, it’s the husky
-  Nevada’s most popular pet: lizards
-  Cats are the second most talked-about pet in nearly every state, with Persians most popular overall (though, in Maine, the Maine coon is tops) 
 
About TrustedHousesitters.com 
TrustedHousesitters is a global community of pet lovers helping each other travel the world by connecting pet owners with a network of verified pet sitters. Since its 2011 launch in the U.K., TrustedHousesitters has grown into the world’s largest house sitting business, facilitating over two million nights of house and pet sitting globally and saving its members an estimated $218 million in accommodation and pet care costs. The site’s community of nearly half a million members is spread across 140 countries.

Talkin' Pets News

April, 29, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Barry Siebold

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author Anouska Jones once on Talkin' Pets with Jon Patch to discuss her book WOOF is back to talk about and give away her new book MEOW on 4/29/17 at 5pm EST 

Clean Eating Expert Terry Walters discusses the Nutro Brand Pet Food 

Dr. Ihor Basko will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/29/17 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away NaturVet's first ever product to stop dogs from eating cat poop - Outta My Box

Talkin' Pets News

04/08/2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jer Miller - SuperPet

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author Bob Bennett will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/8/2017 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his book "Guide to Raising Rabbits"

Gina Dial, VP of Sales & Marketing, John Paul Pet, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/8/2017 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away their new Lavender Mint Products

A Rabbit Raising Classic Returns

Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits, 4th Edition

After 35 years of guiding rabbit fanciers to success, Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits has now been revised for a fourth edition. Rabbits are bred and raised for their flavorful, lean meat, wool and fur, as well as for exhibition and pets. The fourth edition addresses all of these goals and includes an expanded section on showing rabbits, from how to get started to how to win the competition. Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits is the most comprehensive reference available, revised and updated for everything a novice or veteran rabbit producer needs to know to raise rabbits successfully.

Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits will give pet owners, rabbit exhibitors, and commercial raisers alike the knowledge they need to succeed in the industry. The American Rabbit Breeders Association has more than 24,000 members from a variety of backgrounds. People nationwide are catching onto the benefits of raising rabbits for meat, as evidenced by an increasing demand at farmers markets and high-end restaurants. Detailed explanations on feeding, housing, and breeding ensure productive, healthy rabbits, while marketing and sales tips, showing guidelines, family-favorite recipes and more complete this practical guide.

Over 262,000 copies of Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits have been sold, while the Storey’s Guide to Raisingseries has sold over 1.7 million copies and is now being completely updated. New editions include Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle, Rabbits, Sheep, Horses, Pigs, Chickens, and a new addition to the series, Storey’s Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                                                                                                                                                     

Bob Bennett is the author of six books on raising rabbits, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. He has served as editor of Rabbits magazine, contributing editor to Countryside magazine, and founder of Domestic Rabbit magazine, and is past director of the American Rabbit Breeders' Association. He lives in Vermont.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits, 4th Edition

Bob Bennett

Storey Publishing, November 2009

242 pages; 6" x 9"

One-color; photographs and illustrations throughout

$19.95 paper; ISBN 978-1-60342-456-1

$29.95 hardcover; ISBN 978-1-60342-457-8                      

Rabbits at Easter

Jan 10, 2013 by

A smiling child in an adorable outfit clutches a cute baby bunny in her arms. What’s wrong with this picture? Contrary to Eastertime hype, rabbits and small children are not a good match. The natural exuberance, rambunctiousness and decibel-level of even the gentlest toddler are stressful for the sensitive rabbit. It is the rare child who will enjoy and appreciate the rabbit’s subtle and sensitive nature.

Another misconception is that rabbits are passive and cuddly. They are ground-loving creatures who feel frightened and insecure when held and restrained. Children like a companion they can hold, carry, and cuddle, just as they do their favorite stuffed animal. It is unreasonable to expect a child to be able to take full responsibility for the care of a rabbit, or to make a 10-year commitment to anything! All too often, the child loses interest, and the rabbit ends up neglected or abandoned.

Some people think rabbits are a “low-maintenance” pet. In fact, they require almost as much work as a dog. They must be housetrained. The house must be bunny-proofed, or Thumper will chew electrical cords, rugs, books, and furniture. They must be spayed or neutered, or they will mark your house with feces and urine. They must live indoors, as members of the family. Rabbits kept in hutches outdoors have an average lifespan of about one year; house rabbits can live 8 to 10 years. Predators abound, not only in rural areas but in urban and suburban locations as well. Outdoor rabbits become bored and depressed from isolation. To consign these sensitive, intelligent, social animals to life in a hutch is to miss all the joy of sharing your life with a rabbit. Unless he’s part of your daily routine, you will not have the opportunity to really get to know his subtle personality.

Clearly, rabbits are not for everyone! Are you a gentle adult who lives in a quiet household? Are you eager to get to know rabbits on their own terms – to spend time down at their level, on the floor; to allow the rabbit to initiate gestures of friendship and trust? If you think you are one of those rare individuals who would enjoy sharing life with a rabbit, please visit your local animal shelter or rabbit-rescue group. As rabbits have increased in popularity, they are suffering the same fate as our other companion animals – abandonment. You can also check your local veterinary clinic and “Pets” classifieds of your newspaper. It’s a sad fact that no matter where you live, you are within 10 miles of a rabbit who needs a home. The effort made to find that special bunny means you are saving a life.

So if little Susie is pleading for a bunny for Easter, do a rabbit a favor, and buy her a toy rabbit that she can snuggle to her heart’s content. Let’s make Easter a joyful time for our long-eared friends.

Whether you're raising your rabbits as pets or for meat, you need solid, accurate, easy-to-access information to keep your animals healthy and happy. This Q&A resource from expert Karen Patry has the answers to all your questions about everything from housing and feeding to breeding, kindling, health and disease, behavior, and more. Whether you're raising one pet rabbit or running a commercial rabbit farm, this accessible guide is the resource you need.