Thank Petco for Discontinuing Toxic Pet Treats

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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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  1. great for the animals and gud for the shop to do

  2. Barbara Davis says:

    Great news. Now, if people would just read the package and if it says “made in China”, put it back on the shelf. It’s obvious that the FDA is not going to stop the stuff from coming into our country for sale so it’s up to us to boycott everything they sell for our precious fur babies.

  3. Stan Benton says:

    Why wait ’til the end of the year? Pets are dying now. While you’re at it, why don’t you put something other than wheat, corn, or soy (mostly wheat) in your “dog treat” tables? Surely you know that these are the three main allergens for dogs?

  4. Nancy Correa says:

    I am NOT signing this petition because it ignores the inherent cruelty of PETCO. What about the poor animal slaves they sell? Not to mention all the crappy food they hawk.

  5. paula beattie says:

    Great , but what the hell took them so long?Everyone who loves their animals should know not to buy any treats/food from China!And Petco shoukd put Animal Welfare FIRST and not just care about saving $$$ cuz its so much cheaper to produce them in China.And why wait till the end of the year?It should be stopped immefiately!How many more animals will get sick in the meantime?!?!

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