The LA animal commissioner started to wonder why they were rescuing rabbits and chickens and then feeding the same species to their shelter animals. Since at least one study estimates that pet food represents about 30% of the environmental impacts associated with meat consumption in the country, a significant contributor to climate change, there may be even bigger reasons to change what goes in your doggie bowl.
Some innovators are thinking that engineered meats might be a solution. Unlike companies like Beyond Meat that are trying to entice people with juicy burgers, your dog likely won’t be as picky about cultured meat. Some entrepreneurs are working on new products to help vegans and vegetarians feed their pets a healthy diet while staying true to their values