Where Does Your Pet’s Fish Come From in Their Food?

Our pet’s food can once again teach us some good lessons and good practice in choosing our own food. A major area of concern in the food chain is where and how fish is obtained, how they are handled or treated,  and what the ramifications are for the future of the oceans.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification on a pet food (or seafood we buy for ourselves) is a blue seal that stands for wild, certified and sustainable. For 20 years the MSC has been part of a team effort to keep our oceans healthy and full of life. The MSC says that we’re making a good decision for the wellness of the planet when we choose their “blue fish label” and make sure the fish we eat — and the fish sourced by our pet food company — can be traced back to a sustainable source. The Council made a lovely little VIDEO PSA to bring home their point.

For example, Halo pet food gets their seafood from sources that are MSC certified, and states they are committed to “ensuring that our seafood is responsibly caught within a certified sustainable fishery. The Marine Stewardship Council is an international organization that was created to address the problem of unsustainable fishing. With standards that ensure fish and seafood is responsibly caught, handled with care, and can be traced right back to a sustainable source, MSC is working to keep the oceans teeming with life and safeguard seafood supplies for future generations.”

To become a more responsible, aware consumer, you should check the labeling on the fish you serve your whole family — two-legged and four!

—Tracie Hotchner

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