expands federal domestic violence protections to include protections for the pets of domestic violence
victims and establishes a federal grant program specifically designed to assist victims of domestic violence to safely shelter their pets when they leave their
The measure also calls for amending the definition
of stalking in federal criminal code to include “con-
duct that causes a person to experience a reasonable
fear of death or serious bodily injury to his or her pet.”
Additionally, it creates a criminal penalty for those
who travel across state lines with the intent of violat-
ing a protection order against a pet, and it includes
the cost of veterinary services in the mandatory resti-
tution for domestic violence victims’ losses.
Nearly one-third of domestic violence victims re-
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ported delaying their decision to leave out of concern
for what would happen to their pets, according to a
press statement from Clark. Currently, only 3 percent
of domestic violence shelters nationwide can accom-
modate pets, the release also stated. Victims who are
forced to leave pets behind because of a lack of shel-
tering options report an ongoing dread for the pets’
safety. Abusers often continue to use a pet left be-
hind as a coercive tool even after the victim has fled.
According to one study, many participants reported
returning to the abuser out of concern for their pets.
NEXPET TO HOLD 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION AT GLOBAL PET EXPO
NexPet, a national co-op of independent pet retailers, will hold its 20th anniversary
convention on Tuesday, March 19, in conjunction with Global Pet Expo, which will
be held March 20-22 in Orlando, Fla.
The convention will be headlined by two keynote speakers: veterinarian and
author Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM, and independent retail expert Phil Wrzesinski.
Morgan will speak on “How to Train Staff to Deal with Pet Health Issues,”
covering the many different resources available in helping customers’ pets and
Wrzesinski, who first spoke at the NexPet convention in 2015, will return to
speak on “How to Turn the Internet Shopper into Your Customer,” presenting
plenty of ideas on how to combat showrooming, increasing business without giving away the store.
In addition to these speakers, the convention will feature roundtables on relevant topics and a mini show, which will provide an opportunity for meeting with
NexPet partner vendors and learning about new NexPet programs, discounts and
rebates. These programs include savings on many high-cost areas such as medical
insurance and worker’s comp.
ZOOMARK INTERNATIONAL INTRODUCES
NEW SCHEDULE FOR 2019 SHOW
The 2019 Zoomark International trade show will no
longer take place on the weekend, as in previous
years, which will enable Italian and international professionals to organize their visits on the day they prefer, and distribute show attendance over four days,
according to show organizers. The show will be held
Monday, May 6, through Thursday, May 9, at The Bo-lognaFiere exhibition center in Bologna, Italy.
The decision to move the event to weekdays
came after Zoomark organizers conducted a survey with visitors and exhibitors, and the aim is to
top the 2017 attendance figures— 27,000 visitors—
a third of whom were from abroad.
In addition to the new weekday format, the 18th
edition of Zoomark will also have a new layout: halls
25 and 26 will now be joined by new halls, 28, 29 and
30, adding a further 10 percent of exhibition space.
“Our aim is to enable more visitors to attend our
PETCO PLANS TO STOP SELLING FOOD AND TREATS
fair,” said Marco Momoli, sales director of Bologna-
Fiere, the organizer of Zoomark International. “We
have switched to the Monday-to-Thursday format to
respond to the needs of the major international buy-
ers, who prefer to travel during the week. Monday is
traditionally a closing day for shops too, and in some
areas of Italy shops also close on Wednesday or Thurs-
day afternoon. We are thinking of creating packages
for buyers and visitors, which will include not only
hotel accommodation and event attendance, but also
visits to Bologna. We are well aware that our event
presents the trade’s leading international exhibitors,
and also that we do so in a beautiful city which offers
numerous cultural attractions, great food and excellent
WITH ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS
By May 2019, Petco will no longer sell food and treats containing artificial colors,
flavors and preservatives for dogs and cats, according to the company.
“Since our first store opened in 1965, Petco has been dedicated to ensuring the
well-being of pets,” said Ron Coughlin, CEO of Petco, which has U.S. headquarters
in San Diego. “That commitment continues today, with our decision to not carry
food and treats for dogs and cats containing artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Some may question whether this makes good business sense, but putting pets’
health first has always been the right thing to do for Petco.
“This is both a major step forward for pets and a natural next step on our journey
to become a complete partner in total pet wellness,” he added.
Petco began removing dog and cat foods and treats with artificial ingredients in
January, both from store shelves and e-commerce, with a commitment to complete
the process by May 2019. Some of the more than 40 artificial ingredients Petco is
eliminating include FD&C Red No. 3, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated
hydroxytoluene (BHT), Glycerol tributyrate and benzaldehyde, among others.
Petco has worked closely with in-house and consultant veterinarians, nutritionists, and wellness experts to inform its decision and its new standards for pet nutrition, company officials said.
As part of this initiative, in 2019, Petco will also launch the Petco Pet Wellness
Institute: a coalition of experts from all spectrums of pet health and wellness. Togeth-
er, veterinarians, nutritionists, pet psychologists, academic researchers and other
credentialed leaders will ensure Petco is offering the best information, education and
services—not only for nutrition, but for a wide array of topics and issues impacting
pets’ overall health and well-being, according to company officials. Part of the insti-
tute’s mandate will be funding evidence-based research to help further understand
and define industrywide issues, including the impact of food and ingredients on pet
health. While data around pet wellness is currently limited, the institute will help
provide clarity and inform Petco’s initiatives, ensuring the brand is continuing to
meet the demands of modern pet owners.
While Petco’s transformation will affect certain brands, and ideally, motivate
companies to change ingredients, the company already carries a full range of
high-quality, specially formulated foods that already meet and even exceed its new
standards, officials added.