Cruelty Free ‘Clean Meat’ will Soon be Available in Pet Food

Cruelty Free ‘Clean Meat’ will Soon be Available in Pet Food

Cruelty-free meat for our pets is on the way, with biotech company Wild Earth, Inc. about to release a new pet kibble developed entirely from cultured proteins.

Their first product line is made from a fungus called koji, which is renewably sourced and environmentally friendly. Used by humans for centuries, the fungus can yield simple and clean proteins and carbohydrates.

“Wild Earth has found a novel way to deliver protein and will have a great nutritional profile, to meet the same requirements as meat-based pet foods,” says Wild Earth chief veterinary officer Dr. Ernie Ward. “Pet lovers want healthy, humane, and environmentally friendly choices, and Wild Earth formulas will deliver nutrition without affecting the planet.”

Following the koji kibble, Wild Earth will deliver products made from cultured meat derived humanely from animal cells.

“Wild Earth will be the first to bring cultured protein and cultured meat products for dogs and cats to market, that are nutritious, humane, and without the devastating ecological impact of factory farming,” said Wild Earth CEO Ryan Bethencourt.

This is good news for the environment after recent research revealed that the pet food industry in the U.S. accounts for 25-30 percent of the environmental impact of meat.

University of California, Los Angeles professor Gregory Okin calculated that meat consumption by cats and dogs creates about 64 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, which has about the same impact as 13.6 million cars driving for one year.

“If American’s 163 million Fidos and Felixes comprised a separate country, their fluffy nation would rank fifth in global meat consumption, Okin calculated, behind only Russia, Brazil, the United States and China.” Said Alison Hewitt from UCLA.

Meat has been shown to have a far more negative impact on the planet than plant-based foods. There is a tremendous amount of greenhouse gas released from farm animals, along with massive deforestation to provide grazing land. A study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that it takes 24 kilograms of carbon dioxide to create only one kilo of pork, and 1,000 kilo of carbon dioxide to make one kilo of beef.

With this kind of technology in development, animal guardians will soon be able to lessen the impact of their pet’s diet on the environment and reduce factory-farm cruelty while providing their companions with nutritious and cruelty free treats.



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14 Comments

  1. Alex

    Optimal food for dogs and cats is raw animal protein based food. Good food should be as close to what they would eat in natural state as possible. If you want your pets stay healthy feed them as nature intended.

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  2. Jose Carmona

    I was referring to Acana and Orijen here, not this new product in answer to a previous message here about this company.

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  3. Jose Carmona

    They were just suit, too, for “False Advertising”, violations of “feed law”, and numerous other charges. The lawsuit includes results of heavy metal testing and includes results that this dry dog food contains BPA – a chemical typically not associated with dry/kibble pet foods

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  4. Age Groot (Netherlands)

    I already knew cultured meat was on the way. Next step,the biggest step that will of course take some time is to replace consumer meat by cultured-meat but will banks and farmers oppose this evolution? Will the farmers want to become cultured-meat farmers or are they against this evolution? They say they love their animals so much but could someone love his 20000 pigs or 70000 chickens? Strange love when you keep in mind they are sending their loved ones after a few months to a executioner.

    The suffering of animals will become a very dark page of history. All those endless field with feedcorn will disappear and for the biggest part replaced by real nature.Great perspective but we have to be patience.

    Driving on my racebike thrue the countryside without “The disgusting smell” will be a fantastic perspective.

    He who loves animals doesn’t eat them and who does and still says he loves animals is a big hypocrite.

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  5. Rita Delfing

    Wow! finally I have cats and really don’t like contributing to the slaughter for their protein, so I will be happy to see Wild Earth on the shelves hopefully in Canada!

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  6. Leanne

    Gr8 news for dogs but cats are obligate carnivores.

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  7. Tina

    Great news ! A Good Product for our pets

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  8. Michelle McGee

    I don’t think cats can go withought meat Protien. Acana and Orijen use farmers and producers of their dry foods both cat and dog on small family humanely raised and milled, I think. You can Google or go to small independent pet stores- copy phone number from a bag- both owned by same company. I was given a brochure- I fed it to my two cats that have passed on- it has a few choices and has fruits, veggies and maybe probiotic, can’t remember. It is pricey- $25.00 for a 5 pound bag for kitties- I don’t know about doggies!!💝💝💝😊😊😊🐶🐶🐶🐱🐱🐱

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  9. bev

    Really great news! I can’t wait for it to be available for purchase.

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  10. Tisa

    Yes, it is great news. Hope it will be available soon!
    Thank you.

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