Cultured meat is identical to traditional meat. It is in fact 100% meat. The only difference being that our animal cells are grown inside something like a fermenter (think beer!) instead of inside an animal.
There are approximately 40 companies around the world racing to create a replacement for conventional meat, and Because Animals is only one of two companies growing cultured meat for pet food. We think cultured meat for dogs and cats is a great way to introduce this world-shifting technology to the world!
Why? People who are interested in cultured meat are people who avoid meat in their diets, currently eating plant-based diets. Their pets, on the other hand, specifically their cats, don’t have that option.
While humans simply do not need the nutrients found in meat to thrive, cats need them to survive. Cats are obligate carnivores and their required key nutrients can only be found in animal tissue. Currently, this means feeding our cats the output from factory farms.
And that’s what we want to change. We want to remove factory farming from the pet food equation. Factory farming is terrible for:
Farmed Animals. The animal abuse on factory farms is well documented and we, as pet parents, no longer want to support an industry that raises animals, in inhumane conditions, for slaughter. Our cultured meat causes no harm to any animals ever.
Our pets. Did you know that every year, multiple times a year, the FDA issues recalls on pet food products, typically due to bacterial or chemical contamination, including the animal euthanizing agent, pentobarbital? Pet food also commonly contains antibiotics, growth hormones, 4D meat (dead, dying, diseased, disabled), Salmonella and Listeria and animal byproducts.
In fact, we recently surveyed our list of customers who have signed up to pre-order our cultured meat for dogs and cats (sign up here), and asked if there was anything holding them back from being 100% on board with cultured meat for their pets? Here are some of their answers:
In short, many people are hungering for an alternative to the current, destructive meat industry and we are betting on the fact that introducing cultured meat to the world through safer, healthier food for cats and dogs is just the very beginning to the future of food!