Pet Gazette DECEMBER 2018 - Page 3

EDITOR’S LETTER | PET GAZETTE | 3 MEET THE EXPERTS CONTRIBUTING TO THIS MONTH’S ISSUE Nigel Baker is chief executive of the Pet Industry Federation (PIF). He joined the PIF in 2012 and has more than 30 years’ experience in the pet trade. Nigel has considerable commercial experience from the senior positions he has held in pet food manufacturing and supplier companies. John Courteney-Smith MRSB is the bird and reptile manager for Arcadia Products and a full member of the Royal Society of Biology. He believes that we still have much to learn from the wild and has a passionate dedication to ever increasing animal welfare. His aim is to start a ‘revolution in exotic pet care’. Caroline Offord has worked in the RSPB Communications Department for over ten years and has spent her working life in the conservation/environmental sector. She enjoys being outside in nature and since becoming a mum to two boys is passionate about getting them outdoors to enjoy and experience wildlife and the natural world. Nicole Paley is the communications manager at the PFMA and has worked in the pet food industry for over ten years. Liaising with the PFMA’s team of industry and veterinary nutrition experts, Nicole writes on a range of subjects from pet nutrition to industry trends and developments. EDITOR’S LETTER Refl ecting on the year gone by, the pet trade has seen signifi cant changes. With the government seeming to stick to its pledge to put animal welfare at the forefront, the banning of electric collars, introduction of Lucy’s Law and the Animals Activities License have all signifi ed small steps towards a better and healthier pet trade. While opinions on some of the new legislations have been split, all the decisions have attempted to reform and weed out the irresponsible players in the trade. Looking ahead, the sector - along with the rest of the UK - are yet to see the impacts of Brexit but what can be counted on is the fact that more changes are to come. In this issue, Casey Cooper-Fiske looks at the Dogs Trust slogan: A dog is for life, not for Christmas. He speaks to the charity about what this slogan has meant to the trade over the years and its signifi cance today. Find out more on page 24. Continuing to delve into historical events, he also looks at the WW2 pet massacre, which saw pet owners make a tough decision during a scary time. Read about this on page 26. I speak to Mars Petcare and other pet food brands about clean eating - after the launch of Mars’ pet food brand Nutro, just what effect has the trend had on the trade as a whole? Read more on this on page 29. As always I hope you enjoy this issue and I wish you all a merry Christmas a happy new year. Shekina Shekina Tuahene, Online Editor December 2018