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This Firm Is Developing Cell-Cultured Meat for Pet Food

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Animals would not need to be slaughtered.

A new company in Colorado is trying to develop cell-cultured meat for use in pet food.

Bond Pets wants to grow the meat from small numbers of animal cells, with no need to kill an animal, Quartz reports. Other companies are working on the same concept for consumption by humans.

Rich Kelleman, founder of Bond Pets, says growing meat in this highly controlled manner would “mitigate a lot of the safety issues” that sometimes lead to recalls in the pet-food industry.

Ryan Yamka, consultant to the pet food industry, tells Quartz that the pet food trends often mimic those occuring in the food industry at large.

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“So it’s not surprising that you see what I would call the sustainable-food movement getting into the pet-food side,” he says.

It’s not clear how soon a cell-cultured pet-food product could be in the market. Kelleman says it’s conceivable that it could happen in the next couple of years.

After all, Hampton Creek, a company working on cell-cultured meat for humans, hopes to bring a product to market next year. 

Read more at Quartz

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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