WASHINGTON — In response to a growing involvement among pet owners in the health, nutrition and well-being of their companions, two members of the US Congress have launched a Congressional Pet Caucus to advocate for and design “commonsense legislation supporting pet ownership, and science-based and transparent regulations” across the industry. 

Rep. Roger Marshall, MD, of Kansas’s first district announced the caucus alongside Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), on Feb. 13.

In the announcement, Marshall mentioned Northwest and East Central Kansas as uniquely apt in improving the nutritional needs of pets in the US, calling it the “Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.” According to Marshall, 56% of global animal health, diagnostic and pet food sales are centered around this area.

From ingredients to packaging and processing methods, the Congressional Pet Caucus will aim to preserve the spirit of innovation among companies who serve pet-owning households in the US and globally.

“Like so many Americans, my family and I cherish our pets — my wife and I have two labs, Razor and Choco, and a yorkie, Pepper — and recognize the benefits companion animals have for Americans of all ages,” Marshall said. “Pet owners value the health and wellbeing of their animals and want safe, nutritious and affordable food and care options.

“Through the Congressional Pet Caucus, we will promote sensible legislation, communicate the benefits of the human-animal bond and share resources with caucus members related to pet health and ownership,” he said.

Craig added, “Dogs, cats and all pets bring joy to our lives. However, it’s the companionship that pets can provide for our returning veterans, those with different abilities and for victims of violence that matters most. I was proud to support the PAWS Act earlier this year and look forward to working on legislation that benefits the hard-working folks in Minnesota’s Second Congressional district and our furry friends.”

Dana Brooks, president and CEO of Pet Food Institute, commented on the formation of the Congressional Pet Caucus, saying, “Pets are an important part of the household for two-thirds of Americans. As we further understand the value of the human-animal bond, it’s critical to have a legislative voice to help foster and advance pet nutrition and well-being.”

Nina Leigh Krueger, president of Nestlé Purina PetCare, said, “Working together to make sure that our beloved dogs and cats benefit from the best possible care, nutrition and responsible pet ownership is something all Americans can agree on.”

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