From the moment I walked onto the show floor at Aquatic Experience on Saturday morning, I found myself surrounded by excited families with smiling children marveling at all of the exhibits. It’s no wonder considering it was a bustling hall featuring everything for the aquatics enthusiast.
It’s no coincidence that, in new advertising campaigns for Budweiser and Discover, pets –- a yellow lab in the case of a responsible-drinking commercial by Anheuser-Busch, a frog for Discover –-head the cast.
We already know that pets benefit human health and enhance our quality of life at all stages. People living with pets report less stress and a greater sense of wellbeing. Research has shown that having pets in society results in an overall decrease in health care costs....
Today we have mounting evidence of the value — to people and their pets alike — of the human animal bond. My personal, albeit unscientific, experience certainly underscores what the research continues to tell us.
I was lucky enough to spend one day recently visiting longtime PIJAC member Segrest Farms, one of the world's largest and most successful distributors of wholesale ornamental fish.
We at PIJAC are often asked about our favorite sources for reading up on the nature of the human-animal bond – one of pet ownership’s greatest rewards – and staying current on the latest research in the field.
Pets play a vital role in our lives, and that means that breeders do too. Because we depend on them to produce healthy, happy animals, it’s about time we understood breeders better.
Since stepping into my new role earlier this month, I have been traveling around the country meeting with PIJAC members and others in the pet business community, including visits to pet shops and commercial breeders. I am listening carefully to your input, deepening my understanding of the critical issues facing us and building new relationships.
Having an animal companion has been shown to help to reduce stress and blood pressure, increase a child’s sense of responsibility, teach compassion and promote an interest in conservation. And we are not just talking dogs and cats here.
As of today, bans of pet store sales of dogs and cats that come from commercial breeders have been enacted or are pending in 77 municipalities and states around the country. As well intended as most of their advocates are, pet store sales bans are not the answer.
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