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Many dog food companies buy dogs and cage them in laboratories for feeding trials. We put together a list of companies who don't run feeding trials on caged dogs for ethical reasons.
“As a company, we do not believe feeding cats or dogs the same meal for every meal, every day, over the course of 6 months is healthy. We therefore do not conduct AAFCO feeding trials. The Weruva kitties have always been the first taste testers for our formulas.”
"We've made an ethical decision not to conduct formal laboratory / kennel based animal testing. We utilize independent laboratory analysis to verify the nutritional content of our diets and to confirm they meet AAFCO requirements.”
“Wysong does not agree with animal testing of any sort, including feeding trials. Even though there is no invasive, toxic, or disease-inducing experimental abuse in feeding trials, there is nonetheless a cruelty in keeping animals in a caged environment for such tests.”
“We do not do animal testing, but all formulas are developed in accordance with the nutritional profiles established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials and based on NRC requirements.”
“We do not do feeding trials because they are inhumane“
“We currently do not conduct studies on animals that are in laboratory setting. Any feeding trials would always meet our animal welfare standards. We would never consider anything that would harm any animal.”
"I and love and you" does not participate in any invasive animal testing. All of our meals are tested and validated to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles. We work with reputable kennels, humane societies, and shelters to perform feeding trials for palatability and digestibility, but have chosen not to participate in AAFCO specific feeding trials. Our own pets happily participate in these taste tests, as well."
“Our kibble formula meets all AAFCO requirements for adult dog nutrition per third-party testing. We do not conduct feeding trials for ethical reasons.”
“We do not conduct research on companion animals.”
“Once a new formula is developed on paper by Dr Fahey and his team, we then proceed to make a test batch. Once we make the test batch, we conduct a Guaranteed Analysis to ensure it meets the protein, fat, fiber, moisture, vitamin and mineral requirements. If acceptable to the specifications, they are fed first to our own pets, which number about 50 dogs and 20 cats of various breeds, sizes and ages. Once we are confident they are feeding and digesting well, we then widen the scope for feeding trials to top trainers, kennels, and K9 police dogs.”
"Official feeding trials use beagle colonies or other facilities that Answers Pet Food feels are not appropriate environments for dogs to live their entire lives and we will not financially support these facilities."
"The only animal testing that Halo conducts is to ensure the palatability of our recipes. We have a commitment to OrigiNative™ sourcing which means that we say no to factory farming and close confinement, instead we choose to work with farmers and ranchers who raise cage-free flocks and pasture raised herds."
“Solid Gold does not participate in any invasive animal testing. We do however work with reputable kennels to feed test new innovation for palatability and digestibility. Also, our own Solid Gold pets happily participate in any palatability testing.”
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