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Kudos to The Honest Kitchen for Taking a Stand!


Today, I want to call out a special pet food company and say KUDOS!

Recently, The Honest Kitchen (the company who my dog’s favorite pet food) shared their thoughts on the puppy mill debate within their own industry. It seems Pet Age Magazine, a trade magazine for pet supply store owners, distributors, etc. had shared an editorial by the magazine’s Editor in Chief as she expressed her dismay with the recent legislation in several states banning the retail sale of pets.

Here is an excerpt from Pet Age Magazine:

“Today, we are sorry to say that the situation is even worse. Measures to ban retail pet sales are not just coming faster, they’re succeeding more often. Thirteen localities in eight states have passed retail pet sales bans, and three have done so in just the last six months.”

You can read The Honest Kitchen’s full response here, but here is an excerpt of their response to Pet Age Magazine:

“My company, The Honest Kitchen, is one of the fastest growing companies in the US pet food industry, even enjoying 25% growth during the recession years. We’ve built a strong ‘indie’ business by sticking strongly to our core values and principles. We have enjoyed this growth despite never having allowed our products to be sold in stores that sell live puppies and kittens. Instead, we work with 2700 pet supply stores who are committed to our ‘no puppy sales’ policy, as well as with more than 200 pre-approved responsible breeders nationwide who have been screened by our company and meet our stringent criteria regarding how their animals live, the number of litters produced each year, and the way perspective new owners are ‘vetted’ before a sale.”

How many companies in the pet industry can claim this?

I am already a big fan of The Honest Kitchen, but I am even more impressed after reading their response and for calling it out on their website. I admire a company who takes a stand like this don’t you? Kudos to The Honest Kitchen!

By the way, Be The Change for Animals is taking a stand of it’s own and it relates to puppy mills too. We’re asking people to join our petition to ask Petland to stop selling puppy mill puppies in their stores in the United States. Petland in Canada has already made this decision. Wouldn’t it be nice if Petland USA did as well? You can learn more here. As a side note: The dog on the Be The Change for Animals page is my Daisy, a puppy mill rescue.

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  1. Jan
    October 10, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    People should also be made aware that the AKC depends for its survival on registering puppy mill dogs. As long as people think AKC is some kind of mark of quality for a dog, they will be impressed enough to buy a registered dog.

    • JJ
      October 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      I have an AKC registered Australian Shepherd (that the vet is convinced is a cattle dog because I shaved her…..).
      I never really thought of them as the kind of organization that needed to rely on such dishonest methods like puppy mill dogs from pet stores. It sounds horrible.
      I got my dog, Koda, from a decent (not perfect, but really wonderful) breeder that really impressed me. Her dogs are her pets/furkids first, dogs second, and puppy-providers dead last. And she does a lot of work with the puppies….
      …Point being that, in reading this comment, it was a little hard (for a moment) to think of the AKC as so …. dirty…. when someone I respect registers through them.
      I know it’s not all bad, but I guess …. since not many people around here are willing to buy from pet stores (they don’t tend to last), I don’t often think about it. Yikes.

      • Mel
        October 13, 2011 at 6:34 AM

        That’s what I love about you Julie. You did your homework. Unfortunately, I have seen a few puppy millers listed as members of the AKC. The sad thing is that the legitimate, responsible breeders get a bad name because people don’t understand the difference, and rather than distinguish themselves FROM the puppy millers many have chosen to throw their lot in with the puppy millers thinking that if the puppy millers are safe then so are they. Why hide what you do, especially when it’s good work and you raise dogs the right way, behind puppy millers? If you don’t distinguish yourself from the puppy millers then it’s no wonder the American public doesn’t know the difference either.

  2. October 11, 2011 at 5:45 AM

    It’s nice to have an affirmation from The Honest Kitchen that you can do well by doing good. And it was terrific that they were willing to stand up in public for what is right.

    BTW, Daisy’s sad eyes at the BTC4 website are killing me. If that doesn’t get people to sign the petition, I don’t know what will.

  3. October 11, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Okay, that will teach me to read a little slower. I read the first quote you shared, thinking it was from Honest Kitchen and I had to stop and shake my head. Snarky posts aren’t your usual style. Then I went back and realised it was the magazine that said it, not the food company. That makes much more sense!

    Good for Honest Kitchen! I hope they will be the first among many. I’ve heard many great things about them but unfortunately, they don’t seem to have many Canadian carriers so I haven’t had a chance to try their products. Hopefully that will eventually change too!

  4. October 11, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    this is awesome. just awesome. thank you for sharing!

  5. October 11, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    I signed the petition and also put a thread up on my message board.

  6. October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Bravo for Honest Kitchen!

  7. October 11, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Wow. An honest business operating on moral and ethical principles. Doesn’t leave others any excuses, does it? And how can a pet industry magazine not see the evils of pet store puppy sales???

  8. October 11, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    No wonder they are called “honest” kitchen 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

  9. October 12, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    I luvs Honest Kitchen as much as the dogs do. I’ve been feeding Preference to Jersey since 2008 and Dexter likes it, too.

    • Mel
      October 13, 2011 at 6:34 AM

      We use Force here Karen and my dogs love it too. 🙂

  10. JJ
    October 12, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Cool.
    I recently purchased some of the Honest Kitchen’s food – Keen (the cheapest one! What? I’m poor…) and was impressed (until I realized that it contains lower protein and fat…in case you want to add your own meat…..which I didn’t. Koda lost weight, but that was my fault for not reading more carefully………………….and she needed to shed a pound or two anyway! So, there we go.)
    (I was, by the way, unimpressed with myself. The food is great.)
    I would expect no less from a company as concerned with pet health and pet food as the Honest Kitchen.
    It’s sad that the pet magazine didn’t quite see the implications of selling pet mill puppies…but, at the same time, I can understand their dismay (from the point that they don’t really get what a puppy mill is). Then again…anything for a profit, right?

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