Save Some Fishes for Earth Day

April 20th, 2010

Maybe you’ve gone green in just about every way you can imagine in your personal life and household. But have you taken a look at your pet’s diet? I know what you’re thinking.

Organic pet food can be expensive, but you have other choices if organic isn’t in the budget. For example, you can become an advocate for marine life by encouraging sustainable fishing to keep species from disappearing from our oceans.

Even if you feed organic pet food, it still may not be sustainable for fish. A lot of fish or other marine inhabitants lose their lives only to be tossed aside as an unwanted catch, or bycatch. Fishing can be a destructive practice when it’s not managed properly.


You know that cats love fish, but you may not know that a big pet food company is trying to sustainably source the fish used in their food.

Maggie at EcoSalon just wrote an informative post about the whole fishy pet food problem and how Mars, makers of Whiskas, is working with WWF to get their pet food in Europe certified by the Marine Stewardship Council before the end of this year. The change should be reflected in all of the company’s pet food by 2020. Read more about how WWF is working with the fishing industry.

Ever wonder why products tend to become more environmentally responsible in Europe before America? It may have something to do with demand! Please take a minute to email the company that makes your pet’s favorite food. Tell them you care about sustainably sourced fish.

Here are a few pet food contacts to get you started:

All you have to say is that you want them to follow the lead of Whiskas and become certified by the Marine Stewardship Council too!

(image via sxc)

2 Responses to “Save Some Fishes for Earth Day”

  1. Queen of the Click on April 24, 2010 8:13 am

    What a great idea. I have some time this morning so I am e-mailing the Blue Buffalo Company.

  2. Peggy on April 24, 2010 8:38 pm

    Queen of the Click, wonderful!

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