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.
Thomas Edison once said: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” At the 2015 Top2Top, however, the opportunity to network with industry leaders and learn the latest trends will look more like a workcation and come outfitted in business casual attire and sunglasses.
As a busy pet industry executive, it’s difficult for you to stay regularly informed about important pet-related news and information that affects your business. That’s why PIJAC is now offering to its members PIJAC FirstLook, your daily executive news brief.
I would like to personally share my stance on reptile ownership and ensure both owners of reptiles and the organizations that support them that as President and CEO of PIJAC I will work to protect reptiles as fiercely as any other pet type.
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