January 28, 2023

The Paw Print: This Week in Animals

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Welcome to The Paw Print! In this new recurring feature, we’ll be highlighting the latest news affecting animals and animal-lovers around the country. Here are some of the top stories right now:

Purina® Under Fire: A lawsuit filed in California last week claims that Beneful®—one of Purina’s most popular dog food brands—is responsible for the death of thousands of dogs. The lawsuit claims that a specific ingredient called propylene glycol is the suspected cause of canine illness and death, though a spokesperson for Purina has called the suit “without merit.” Do you feed your pets Purina? Share your thoughts below!

Missing Dog Goes Viral: When a New York City woman’s pit bull mix, Sugar, went missing last week, she turned to the Internet for help.  The hashtag #FindSugarNYC went viral as thousands of people shared the story. If you have any information about Sugar, call (917)-796-0171.

Duggar Clan Causes Outrage: The Duggar family—from the popular TV show 19 Kids and Counting­—outraged animal-lovers this week when they published an Instagram video that appeared to show cruelty toward a cat. Derick Dillard, the husband of Jill Duggar, was sledding down a hill when he allegedly steered into the unsuspecting feline.

Humane Pet Food Headed to US: Pet food brand Open Farm® has partnered with nonprofit Humane Farm Animal Care® to bring Certified Humane pet food to the U.S for the first time. To receive this certification, Open Farm will use only meat and poultry products in its pet foods that come from Certified Humane farms. Are humane practices something you factor into your own pet food purchases?

The Future of Zoos: A story published by Fast Company® delves into the future of zoos—with an emphasis placed on the wellbeing of the animals over the experience of visitors. Do you think it’s time for zoos to get a makeover?