Target: Jim Myers, Chief Executive of Petco
Goal: Thank Petco for protecting pets from toxic treats
Major pet food retailer Petco has announced that it is going to stop selling dog and cat treats that are made in China by the end of this year. The decision was made after escalating concerns that the treats have been responsible for a variety of pet illnesses seen over the last few years. Petco began cutting down on China-made treats three years ago, but will soon only sell products made in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and South America in all of its 1,300 nationwide stores.
Since 2007, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 4,800 complaints from consumers that their pets have become violently ill, and in many cases subsequently died, after eating Chinese-made treats. Most of these cases involved vomiting and diarrhea, but up to one-third resulted in kidney failure. Although the FDA has issued periodic warnings for a variety of brands that source their products from China, they have never been able to pinpoint the exact source of the problem, leaving consumers with little choice but to try and avoid all Chinese-made pet products.
This important decision will help consumers avoid products that could be toxic, and sends a strong message to manufacturers in China and around the world that sloppy processing and illegal contamination will no longer be tolerated. Petco’s decision has already spurred rival pet retailer PetSmart into taking the same action. Thank Petco for taking the lead and protecting our beloved pets from dangerous, poorly regulated Chinese products.
Dear Mr. Myers,
Your recent decision to stop selling pet treats that have been manufactured in China is a great relief to concerned pet owners everywhere. As consumers and responsible animal caretakers, we have the right to know where our pet products come from, how they are made, and if there are any risks associated with their use. If this information cannot be verified, we have the right to be protected from poor regulations and irresponsible contamination. Petco’s actions have shown that the company truly cares about our animals and our concerns.
This boycott also sends an important message to manufacturers around the world that potentially dangerous products will not be ignored or tolerated. I applaud this progress and thank you for helping to protect our beloved four-legged family members from these toxic contaminants.
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