First Certified Humane Dry Cat Food Released
Open Farm, a Canadian-based pet food company, has launched the first ethically sourced dry cat food in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s cat food has been awarded the Certified Humane Raised and Handled label by Humane Farm Animal Care, an international organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals raised for food.
Open Farm launched their Certified Humane dog food products in stores across Canada and the U.S. in late 2014 and early 2015.
“Since then, cat owners have been begging for a Certified Humane cat food option,” says Adele Douglass, executive director for HFAC. “Pet owners want to know their pet’s food is ethically-sourced. We’re thrilled Open Farm is bringing this product to market. Now pet parents have Certified Humane choices for both dog and cat foods.”
Under the Certified Humane label, Open Farm will use only meat and poultry products that come from Certified Humane farms and ranches in their pet foods. The label assures consumers that the farm animals are raised in environments where they can express their natural behaviors, such as flapping wings and moving around freely, and where they live free of cages and gestation crates. They must also be raised without antibiotics or growth hormones and must not be fed any animal by-products.
“Cats are obligate carnivores and require meat to survive, so giving pet parents a humane option allows them to be assured that their cat’s food is coming from a good place,” says Jacqueline Prehogan, president of Open Farm. “With the launch of our cat food, pet owners can finally provide their cats with premium nutrition while taking comfort in knowing that our entire farm-to-bowl supply chain is audited and certified by Certified Humane.”