The list below outlines the companies that have signed a PETA Statement of Assurance pledging that they do not conduct, contract out or fund animal tests in the developing, manufacturing, testing or marketing of their products.
**You are entitled to know if you are giving money to a pet food company that is responsible for the confinement and pain of animals in laboratories – animals who are just like the ones you care for at home.
One particularly notorious company which has carried out cruel and invasive tests is Iams. This company has a history of animal abuse, including near-constant confinement to barren cages, surgical debarking and the removal of chunks of muscle from dogs' thighs.
While Iams have made some improvements in response to an exposé by PETA US as well as campaign pressure from PETA affiliates across the world, they still confine cats and dogs in their own American laboratories for many years to conduct tests.
Important Notice: Ever thought about a meat-free diet for your animal companion?
Dogs and cats can thrive on appropriate vegetarian and vegan diets.
You can find out more on PETA US' Helping Animals website.
02392 45 33 55
(vegetarian/vegan food, available in the UK from www.veggiepets.com)
0844 800 9201
(vegetarian dog snacks available)
Applaws Natural Cat & Dog Food
Barker & Barker
(includes vegetarian dog treats)
02392 45 33 55
(vegetarian/vegan food, available in the UK from Veggie Pets)
Burns Pet Nutrition Ltd
Cambrian Pet Foods Ltd
CLINIVET ® Nutrition
028 9447 3840
The Co-operative Food
CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds
Europa Pet Foods
0845 658 0987
0870 977 0044
Fromm and Eagle Pack
0800 298 7054
0151 931 3336
Judge's Choice (V-Dog)
(V-Dog range is entirely vegan)
Land of Holistic Pets Ltd
0845 373 4120
(vegetarian dog food available)
0845 680 5459
Mark and Chappell
My Pet Foods
Pero Pet Foods
0800 917 9697
Pooch & Mutt
020 8133 7667
Roger Skinner Limited
01379 384 247
Solid Gold Health Products
Supreme Petfoods Limited
(food for rabbits and small animals)
The Dog Deli
01603 860 896
Trophy Pet Foods
Vitalin Pet Foods
Yarrah Organic Petfood
(organic food including vegetarian/vegan dog food which can be ordered in the UK from their website)
*** EU Companies
+41 71 788 56 90 (available in Switzerland and Germany)
+39 0172 47001
(available in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium)
(available in Switzerland and Germany)
Euro Service sas (Denkadog & Denkycat)
+39 (0)143 889638 (Vegetarian - available in: the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, France)
+39 0429 / 785401
(available in Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary, Germany, the UK, Norway and Latvia)
(available in Germany and Austria)
Vivaldi Tiernahrung VertriebsgmbH
+43 2236 48 810
+41 241 10 10
(available in Switzerland, Germany and Austria)
'Pet' Foods and Animal Testing Policies
The companion animal food industry has become big business in recent years. The market is currently dominated by international corporations - such as Procter & Gamble, the makers of IAMS and Eukanuba - who ruthlessly conduct experiments on animals to try to give their pet food a competitive marketing edge.
Slick advertising campaigns that promote a caring image obscure a reality of suffering and exploitation. However, as these cruel and unethical practices are being exposed through the work of Uncaged and others, decent animal guardians are seeking out responsible companies who produce pet food without cruel and unethical testing regimes.
Uncaged is working with other animal protection groups to persuade the companion animal food industry to clean up its act. Uncaged supported the BUAV's No Animal Testing Pet Food Standard. For companies to qualify, they had to prove that neither they nor their suppliers are engaged in animal testing that harms animals: that means no invasive laboratory experiments or keeping animals in captive laboratory or kennel conditions for lengthy periods of time - conditions that cannot fulfil their physical and psychological needs.
Unfortunately, the BUAV Standard is no longer operating. However, we have written to approved companies and obtained statements of confirmation from the following firms that they are still adhering to the Standard - they represent the ‘Premier League’ of anti-vivisection pet foods
***Brands to Boycott:
As mentioned above, the main culprits for cruel and unethical animal testing are the major international 'pet' food businesses.
•IAMS / Eukanuba owned by Procter & Gamble
•Hills Science Diet owned by Colgate Palmolive
The majority of pet food brands available in the UK are produced by two animal testing companies - "Nestlé Purina/Friskies" and "Pedigree, Masterfoods (Mars Inc)."
Alpo, Bonio, Felix, Go Cat, Gourmet,
Omega Complete, Proplan, Spillers, Vital Balance, Winalot.
•Pedigree, Masterfoods (Mars Inc):
Bounce, Cesar, Chappie, Frolic, James Wellbeloved, Katkins,
Kitekat, Pal, Pedigree Chum,
Royal Canin, Sheba,
Techni-cal (US & Canada), Whiskas.
Pedigree also manufacture Thomas rabbit food and Trill bird food.
'Pet' food content:
The content of animal foods raises additional, difficult ethical issues about the use of animals.
Included in our recommended lists above are vegetable-based foods and in the case of Vegecat, a supplement that provides felines with their essential nutrients that are missing from plant sources.