Cultured meat is meat grown using biotechnology, without raising or slaughtering animals. It has the same nutritional value and composition as animal-based meat. It is in fact meat. But our cultured meat is grown without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones or GMOs. Our meat is grown without animal suffering and slaughter. And it doesn’t cause environmental damage.
Because Animals is the first company to use cultured meat in pet food without using controversial fetal bovine serum (FBS). FBS is controversial because it involves the inhumane practice of extracting blood from pregnant cows at slaughter. It is also difficult to scale. Companies developing cultured meat for human food consumption are struggling to culture tissue - such as chicken, beef and pork - in a manner that completely omits FBS. Because Animals has developed a nutritional media containing vitamins, minerals and everything else that mouse tissue needs to grow, without including animal serum.
And while cultured meat is more humane for farmed animals, it’s also so much safer and nutritious for our pets. Every year, the Food and Drug Administration issues pet food recalls due to chemical and bacterial contamination, many of which are associated with factory farming and the use of meat from dead, dying, disabled or diseased (4D) animals. Cultured meat provides a safe and nutritious alternative to this.
And, if safer pet food and more humane treatment of farmed animals isn’t enough, cultured meat also promises to be more environmentally-sustainable than current commercial pet foods.
In a recent study, Gregory S. Okin at University of California Los Angeles concluded that more than a quarter of the environmental effects of factory farming are directly attributable to pet food.
Because Animals is changing the status quo by replacing environmentally unsustainable and inhumane pet food ingredients with slaughter-free foods that protect pets, people and our planet.
Early in 2019 we announced the world’s first cultured meat pet food made from meat grown without the animal. We did this with a cat treat made from cultured mouse tissue, mice being the ancestral diet of the cat.