PFMA launches three-year Pet Food Vision at Annual Convention
Pet Food Industry Unites on Animal Welfare
At its Annual Convention & AGM on 22nd March, the UK Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) announced its three-year Pet Food Vision, which focuses on the core pillars underpinning the work of the Association and its members: animal welfare, nutrition, safety and standards. The aim of the PFMA vision is to cement the UK pet food sector’s position as a world leader on these key areas, as we collectively prepare for healthy trade and maintained high standards, in a post-Brexit environment.
It was revealed that the spotlight will be thrown on a different pillar each year. In 2018, PFMA will focus on animal welfare.
During the passionate and well-attended event, Michael Bellingham, Chief Executive PFMA, explained: “PFMA believes that the five welfare needs are essential to the well-being of any animal. With Brexit negotiations ongoing and the Draft Animal Welfare Bill 2017 working its way through Parliament, the time is right to put animal welfare at the heart of our agenda.”
“As experts in pet nutrition, we are keen to engage in the many conversations which recognise the intersection of pet food and feeding with animal welfare. By working with other thought leaders in this area, we will be able to advise and shape policy.”
PFMA is proud to co-sponsor the All Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW), alongside RSPCA. The association also works to promote positive welfare messages as a joint trustee of National Pet Month (NPM) and through its support of the Animal Welfare Education Alliance (AWEA).
Co-Chair of APGAW Lord Trees comments: “I was delighted to lead the discussion on animal welfare at PFMA’s Annual Convention and even more delighted to see the industry coming together to focus on animal welfare. I hope that a united voice succeeds in ensuring the UK continues to establish itself as a world leader in animal welfare post-Brexit.”
For more detail on the PFMA’s Three Pillars please visit: www.pfma.org.uk/pfmas-pet-food-vision
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About the PFMA
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association is the principal trade body representing the UK pet food industry. Its 81 members account for over 90% of the market and produce a wide range of products for cats, dogs, rabbits and other pet animals. To find out more, please visit: www.pfma.org.uk
In 2019, we will focus on pet nutrition education, which is at the very core of PFMA’s activity. As it will be the ten-year anniversary of PFMA’s first Obesity White Paper, we will be working closely with the relevant experts to collaborate on prevention. We will also look at trends over the last ten years and where we go for here. We will also deliver the second Companion Animal Nutrition Conference in June 2019. We aim to launch the first set of nutrition guidelines for fish.
Looking to 2020, PFMA will put safety and standards at the heart of its work. The attention will be on safe sourcing, safe pet food products and safe environment. We will focus on traceability, sustainability and industry best practice.
PFMA’s Welfare Commitments: Recognising that a united voice often achieves the best results, PFMA works alongside a number of welfare organisations: