At long last, on Monday March 11, 2013, the European Union has banned the sale of cosmetics which contain ingredients that were tested on animals, regardless of where in the world the tests were conducted. This ban involves the 27 nations which make up the EU. Very impressive!
Here’s a good story from BBC Europe, with several excellent related stories including tight new laws regarding lab animals, and the goal towards animal free laboratories!
The battle for safe food for ourselves and our fur family is never ending. And now the sneaky FDA approved of GMO (genetically modified organism) salmon. And as you know from the crazy defeat of California’s Proposition 37, manufacturers are not required to label GMO foods as such. It defies logic how anyone could be against knowing what they are eating.
Well, Cat Faeries cares. We care about you and we care about your cats. This article does not discuss cat food and GMO salmon (or other GMO’s) but it’s a good read to get you familiar with the reasons why this is so wrong. If they want to feed it to us, then of course they want to feed it to your cats.
Coming soon in The Cat Faeries Companion:
Why we do not eat fish of any kind, ever, including sea salt, sea weed, and fish oil.
Why we don’t like grain of any kind, ever.
Susan Thixton is a cat/dog food advocate who we’ve written about several times. Her newsletter is something everyone should subscribe to and read.
She’s presented a list of foods she would feed to her own animals. You must make a donation and buy the list. Why? Because this gal works really hard for us, and she deserves to be compensated.
Here’s how to buy her 2013 list of foods:
At least once a week we are asked what cat food we endorse. And just about every time we say that we like one – bingo – there’s a recall or we learn the company was sold to a corporate giant, or the ingredients changed. For example, Susan recently told us that Science Diet will be adding PLASTIC to their food. Seriously? If you are a long time reader of The Cat Faeries Companion you know that plastic is a cancer cell’s best friend and is otherwise unsafe and toxic.
Susan Thixton is a crusader for truth in cat and dog food labeling as well as she tirelessly stays on top of harmful ingredients, GMO’s, and cat and dog food recalls. You MUST subscribe to her Truth About Pet Food newsletter to stay informed. The world of cat food changes all the time, we need someone like Susan to keep us posted!
Once again, food for our animal friends has been contaminated by harmful additives. This time it’s cat treats. Over 1,000 cartons of “Catswell Brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins” have been recalled by the manufacturer because of contamination by propylene glycol.
While propylene glycol has been approved by the FDA as an additive for dog and human food, it is banned by the FDA for cat food because it can cause Heinz body anemia, a serious disease for cats that causes the destruction of red blood cells. Symptoms include fever, weakness, loss of appetite, reddish brown urine, skin discoloration and pale lips, mouth, or gums.
This is a continuing and serious problem for cats, dogs and our other animal friends – harmful contaminates in pet food which are introduced somewhere in the supply chain. Often these chemicals are being added overseas, where some pet food companies source their ingredients.
Here’s more information:
The manufacturer’s web page with details on the recall
The FDA press release on the recall
An excellent article on the recall by Dr. Karen Becker
You want to shop cruelty-free but it is hard sometimes to remember which products are developed without animal testing. Well, like almost everything in this digital age, there’s an app for that.
The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) is the organization that administers the Leaping Bunny Program and Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products without animal testing (including the companies’ labs and suppliers).
Leapingbunny.org is the site for the Leaping Bunny program and on it you can find the latest on which companies have pledged to develop and make products that are cruelty-free.
Leaping Bunny also offers apps for iPhones and Android phones that lets you get that information while you are shopping.