Here's another good reason to avoid cheap commercial pet food.
Susan Thixton, a pet food safety advocate, is warning consumers that Thailand's fishing industry -- which relies on forced, unpaid labor -- is supplying "trash fish" to the US pet food industry.
Susan cites an article from an Idaho newspaper, the Boise Weekly, which expliains that "trash fish" encompass species that are either unpalatable to people, or are caught when too young and small to be of use to humans, The fish are ground into mush and used in commercial pet foods.
"Last year, $171 million worth of dog and cat food entered the US from Thailand, according to the United States Department of Agriculture," the article continues.
You can avoid unhealthy, unethical and unsustainable "trash fish" by buying high quality pet foods with named, domestically-sourced ingredients.