Since we’re part of the crowd that amplified the rumor, we feel ethically obligated to set the record straight.
When we responded to a letter from a reader who heard Ellen De Generes and Halo Pet Foods plan to introduce a line of vegan pet foods, we had no idea how much response we’d get to this post and how far it would spread around the blogosphere. We were a little concerned when we were able to source the story to a gossip blog in the Chicago Sun Times, but it didn’t occur to us to ask Halo directly. Yesterday, another blogger asked Halo Pet Foods whether the rumors about a vegan cat food are true, and they said in a direct e-mail and in a tweet that they have no plans to introduce a vegan cat food.
We apologize for our error, and we hope our readers will also share this story and help us get the truth out there.
That’s a relief! :) Thanks for the update. (Also makes me feel a little better about Ellen..)
That’s great that they acknowledge that we kitties need animal protein! But I think it was also great that you addressed this issue, as there ARE companies that are making and trying to market vegan cat food, which no cat should ever eat.
Sometimes, a rumor can be a good thing: because it spread so widely so fast (by those of us outraged at the mere idea of a vegan cat food!), and sparked so much discussion, more people now understand why cats cannot thrive on vegan diets.
Ditto on my feelings about Ellen; also ditto on no harm done- actually, the reverse!
Vegan cat food? What? Why would ANY vegan cat food exist?