You Don’t Have to Feel Bad for the Turkeys This Year



Those of us who are not vegans or vegetarians can still have misgivings about the way animals are raised for food in this country. We’d like to be able to choose humanely raised animals in the food chain, which isn’t always easy. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has worked long and hard to improve conditions for pigs, cows, chickens and turkeys so that they are not raised in confinement cages or in otherwise cruel conditions. Halo® has teamed up with HSUS specifically around this issue, helping raise awareness.

The Humane Society of the U.S. on “Giving Tuesday” November 28th
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This year, for every $1 you donate to The Humane Society of The United States, Halo  is donating one bowl of food to a rescued animal courtesy of and Plus, your gift directly supports the work of the Animal Rescue Team so that every dollar raised helps HSUS save animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations and other situations where they’re suffering from extreme cruelty and neglect.

Thanksgiving Every Day for our Pets
It is possible to choose a turkey or chicken this year for our own Thanksgiving that has had a decent, more natural life. For those of us who know that high quality protein is an important part of our pets’ diets, we may have qualms about where the protein in our pet foods comes from. I’m here to celebrate a happy Thanksgiving knowing that we no longer need to worry about this issue: Halo has it covered!

My own dogs get to celebrate Thanksgiving throughout the year eating the Halo Healthy Weight kibble made from humanely sourced turkey, turkey liver and duck. It makes a difference to me – and many of my friends – to know that Halo’s turkey recipes are made from humanely-sourced turkeys, which lived a good life. Halo is a mission-driven company, working to improve the way companion animals are fed and farm animals are raised in the process of making top shelf food for our pets using only whole meat.

GAP Certification for Humanely Raised Feed Animals
Halo’s meat proteins are GAP certified., which stands for Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Certification The GAP certification label verifies that the animals have been raised following comprehensive standards focused on their care and welfare. The Global Animal Partnership is a global leader in farm animal welfare that has established a comprehensive step-by-step program for raising animals animals to be consumed, with the goal of improving the welfare of animals in agriculture. GAP makes it easier for consumers to find meat products that reflect their values.

Give Thanks for a Pet Food Company with a Conscience
There is an added bonus to choosing Halo products for your pet’s best nutrition. You get the peace of mind knowing that the management and sourcing of the ingredients for all their pet foods has been done thoughtfully and carefully, ensuring high quality whole meats without undue suffering to the animals raised for food. The “takeaway” from feeding to your pets, is that every time you open a bag or can it is reminding you of the importance of treating farm animals with dignity. Let’s hope that mindfulness spills over into many aspects of our lives and makes us better people, too.
Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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