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Panel may propose limit on pet-shop sales of puppies, kittens
The Hartford Courant
After two lengthy and often emotional public hearings this fall, a special legislative panel may propose restrictions — or even a ban — on the sale of commercially bred kittens and puppies in pet shops. "There's very strong opinions on both sides," said Sen. Bob Duff, a Norwalk, Conn., Democrat and co-chairman of the Task Force on the Selling of Cats and Dogs in Pet Shops. "Whether it's right or wrong, the pet shop owners are getting the lion's share of the blame for abuses in the industry."
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Thousands attend inaugural Aquatic Experience — Chicago
World Pet Association
The World Pet Association enthusiastically reports that more than 3,700 guests visited its inaugural Aquatic Experience — Chicago show, Nov. 15-17 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Additionally, more than $11,000 was raised throughout the weekend to benefit Pets in the Classroom, PIJAC Marine Defense Fund and the Coral Restoration Foundation.
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Cats out of the bag in new survey
Pet Product News
They're lazy, and they'll eat anything. Those are two misconceptions about cats that pet food manufacturer Royal Canin USA Inc. discovered in a survey of cat owners.
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3 major market forces changing the pet business customer
By Clarice Brough
In today's technology-driven market, business owners must continuously step up to the plate and embrace new retailing models. If I asked if you know who your customers are, you would probably say, "Sure I do, I help them with their pets daily, or at least weekly." But in just a few years there will be a new market place. There are huge shifts taking place in the population that will affect pet-keeping habits. The customers you cater to today will not be the same as the customers you need to attract tomorrow.
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Reptiles gain in popularity
Pet Age
Reptiles have only recently begun to come into vogue within the domestic pet trade, but in a few short decades, The American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey shows that more than 5.6 million homes in the United States have at least one scaly friend within their walls.
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Richland, Pa., pet food factory heads north
The Intelligencer
A dog is for life, but business requires change. Freshpet has left its Quakertown-area headquarters and relocated to the Lehigh Valley. Founded in 2007, the company makes all-natural, fresh refrigerated foods for dogs and cats.
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Going beyond the traditional holidays
Pet Age
Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. When retailers think about selling holiday products, or promoting products for different holidays, these are the three most think of. The problem is, retailers are only hurting themselves with this thought.
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