A bill recently passed by the U.S. House would make abusive animal toward animals a federal felony, CBS News reports.
It’s called the the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, and it was introduced by Republican Vern Buchanan and Democrat Ted Deutch, both of Florida.
The legislation applies to offenses such as “crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling and other bodily injury” toward animals, according to CBS News.
After the bill passed in the House last week, Deutch said in a statement: “Today’s vote is a significant milestone in the bipartisan quest to end animal abuse and protect our pets. This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals.”
Violating the proposed law could bring a prison sentence of up to seven years, a fine, or both.
Crickets, fungus and wood pulp are only some of the unique ingredients on offer as pet treats marketers look to stand out on store shelves and online, market research firm Packaged Facts reports.
In addition to unusual or exotic proteins, treat marketers are relying on functional ingredients to capture pet owners’ attention, making it possible for them to address pet health and wellness issues while enjoying “treat time,” the company states in a new study called Pet Treats and Chews in the U.S., 3rd Edition.
One of the most buzz-worthy functional ingredients, CBD, is already making waves in the pet supplements market and is positioned to make an equally impressive impact in pet treats and chews as pet owners seek out natural alternatives for anxiety and pain management. Some 11% of dog owners and 8% of cat owners have used cannabis (CBD/hemp) supplements or treats for their pets, according to a Packaged Facts survey.
Aligning with pet health and wellness is an intensive emphasis on product safety, which is top of mind among pet owners and marketers alarmed by the spate of recalls involving pig ear chews from South America. Because of the seemingly continual cycle of recalls, addressing issues of transparency has become essential in the market.
“Pet owners are demanding an ever-increasing level of detail about what exactly is in the treat products they feed their pets, and marketers are touting safe, reliable sourcing. It’s even gotten to the point of putting the specific location of the ingredient source on product packaging,” says Packaged Facts Research Director David Sprinkle.
A new study shows the “dog mom” trend is here to stay, signaling shifts in consumer preferences and behaviors that are poised to reshape the $75 billion pet industry.
Orlando-based advertising agency Bigeye released its 2019 Pet Industry Study, which reveals how pet parenting is reshaping the landscape for the consumer packaged goods and retail industries.
Researchers conducted a 45-question online survey of 784 pet owners aged 25 to 55 across the U.S., finding that:
- Thirty-four percent of owners say their pet influenced where they live.
- Forty-two percent of pet owners who haven’t used cannabidiol (CBD) products on their pets would consider trying it.
- Ninety-five percent of owners consider pets members of their families.
“It’s official: Pet owners are the new parents, and young people in particular see their pets not as a luxury, but as a necessity they’re willing to splurge on,” said Adrian Tennant, vice president of insights at Bigeye, who led the research team. “They’re dressing their pets up, giving them nutritional supplements, and basing where they live around them, just as they would with human children. And they’re increasingly open to subscription-based services that enhance convenience.”
Tennant added, “This shift toward humanizing our pets will dramatically affect everything from product design and distribution to brand premiumization. In particular, strong generational preferences will drive placement in media-buying strategy. Smart brands will listen to the voices of their customers and adapt to these changes.”
The study contains insight into:
- Behaviors and attitudes that characterize different groups of pet owners
- Key factors that owners use to make purchase decisions regarding their pets
- How pet owners interact with various advertising formats
- What prompts pet owners to try new products and services
In conducting the study, Bigeye set out to augment its knowledge base for developing successful marketing strategies for pet-care companies with fresh insights on audience attitudes and behaviors. It also sought to develop a free resource for organizations that provide pet products and services.
“We’re using this research to sharpen our focus on the audience that pet industry clients have to connect with in order to grow their businesses,” said Justin Ramb, Bigeye president and CEO. “Our account teams are leveraging the data that Adrian and our researchers have compiled to craft marketing strategies that are even more nuanced and effective.” The report is available for download at bigeye.agency/petresearch.
Seoul is to become completely free from dog slaughter this month after all dog-butchering businesses in the city agreed to stop the practice, the city government said Thursday.
A total of eight remaining dog slaughter facilities at Gyeongdong Market and Jungang Market halted their dog slaughter operations and three more agreed to stop it within the month, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
Their promises, however, are not legally binding, as there are no laws to ban dog meat or slaughter in Korea.
The city has made efforts to persuade dog meat dealers to stop dog slaughter for the past several years, amid growing complaints about the dog butchering practice in traditional markets in the country’s capital.
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon will officially declare Seoul dog slaughter-free with animal rights activists on Saturday, the city said.
Shares of Beyond Meat Inc (BYND.O) plunged more than 20% on Tuesday as investors rushed to cash in after a restriction on selling stock lifted and worries mounted about rising costs and increased competition at the hugely popular plant-based meat producer. A surge in interest in plant-based burgers, sausages and other meat-lookalikes this year has spurred a doubling in value of the Los Angeles-based company since its stock market launch in May.
However, the restrictions on selling nearly 80% of the company’s outstanding shares ended on Monday, and analysts said expectations that some investors would lock in profits were weighing on the stock. Along with Monday’s results release, the company announced the departure of venture capital specialist Gregory Bohlen from its board after more than six years with the company. Bohlen said neither he nor his firm were selling stock on Tuesday. Bohlen owns 160,000 shares and his venture capital firm Union Growth Venture Partners owned about 735,000 shares after the IPO.
“I might sell a portion of it down the road, but I suspect I’m going to keep Beyond Meat in my portfolio for a really long time.” Similarly, Ray Lane, one of Beyond Meat’s first investors who sits on the company’s board, said he did not sell his shares and would remain a long-term holder. Lane owned 256,108 shares in Beyond Meat immediately after the IPO, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “There was so much short-selling and lockup pressure on the stock that today was just the perfect storm, but even at $80 or $90 per share, Beyond Meat’s value is still a significant multiple on earnings.”
Lane, a former partner at Beyond Meat investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, said the venture capital fund distributed about 20% of its original shares to its limited partners. Those partners, including Lane himself, can now decide whether they want to sell the shares. According to Beyond Meat’s IPO filing, Kleiner Perkins held around 606,000 common stock at the time of the IPO.
Hamburger Helper maker General Mills, which owned about 164,000 Beyond Meat shares post-IPO, told Reuters its venture capital arm 301 INC is selling its stake. The fund bought Beyond Meat in 2013, a spokeswoman said. Shares fell as much as 24% to $80.10 on Tuesday - their lowest since May 24, just three weeks after the IPO. By early afternoon, almost 27 million shares - worth more than $2 billion - were traded, making it the stock’s busiest session since the IPO in May. “What is less apparent, though, is the number of shareholders willing to sell with the stock down well over 50% from its high,” J.P. Morgan analyst Ken Goldman said. “Either way, putting the lock-up expiry in the past ultimately should incent some investors to start buying the stock again.”
Joaquin has been attending pig vigils for years and took this opportunity outside a pig slaughterhouse near downtown Los Angeles to show as many viewers as possible his behind the scenes passion, animal rights. Joaquin has been raised vegan since the age of 3 and is a huge advocate for the animals and veganism to save our planet! He has even lent his voice to narrate the phenomenal film which his close friend Shaun Monson created, Earthlings, and Dominion, which Shaun executive produced.
At the vigil, several compassionate activists perform an act called bearing witness. Bearing witness is a term based on the philosophy of Leo Tolstoy. What it means is when you see another creature in distress, a person doesn’t turn away. Instead, they come closer to comfort them in their time of need. In this case at the pig vigils, activists come up to the trucks full of baby pigs who are headed into the slaughterhouse. They give them water which many of the pigs eagerly receive after being on the road for what can be days. The activists may also talk to them softly, and some vigil goers place their hands on them for extra comfort. Other activists document and share what they have witnessed with their social media followers, family, and friends. Sometimes all it takes is one story or post about the truth to change someone’s life while saving these innocent beings.
A pet cockatoo at the centre of a bitter neighbourhood dispute because of its screeching has been cleared of wrongdoing, in a case described by an Adelaide judge as "completely unjustified".
The dispute was settled in the District Court this week, after a woman's decision to take the family next door to court backfired.
She had lived in her northern suburbs rental property for a few months when she earlier this year asked a magistrate to award her damages because her neighbours were causing a nuisance.
In the claim, she said the family's cockatoo screeches, their dogs bark "day and night", their young children play outside and "often scream as loud as they can" and the man whistles while he mows the lawn.
Investigations by the City of Prospect council disproved the allegations, including a report that found the noise generated by the cockatoo was not excessive and there was no cause for complaint.
The family, however, lodged a counter-claim, alleging the woman harassed them by needlessly calling the police to their property 15 times in five months, including six times because of "loud talking on Christmas Day".
They described their experience with her as "a nightmare" and said they installed security cameras and fences in an effort to keep the woman off their property.
A magistrate in July dismissed the woman's nuisance claim but awarded the family more than $11,000 in damages for the harassment they had suffered.
The woman appealed that ruling, and Judge Patrick O'Sullivan this week reversed the decision and ordered that neither party should be paid damages.
In his judgment, he said the woman's claim was "completely unjustified" and her complaints amounted to "no more than the ordinary activities of a young family living in a suburban environment".
"For reasons unknown, in my view, the (woman) has set about a campaign against (the family) in relation to any noise emanating from their property," Judge O'Sullivan said.
"I have no doubt that (the family) have been subjected to behaviour on the part of (the woman) which has had a significant impact on their lives."