Different standards for cat food?

Having valiantly tried to shop for fish in the green zone of the Good Fish Guide and treating myself to chicken only if it is free range (almost all of the time), I have found myself in a quandary when it comes to food for the mog.

My precious mog prefers fishy offerings – vaguely called ‘ocean fish’ by Chef, with the main ingredients listed as meat by-products, the first listed being chicken.  I have just realised that, despite feeding my cat this food for six years, I have never looked at the ingredients.  For special occasions, I treat her to a tiny tin or two of expensive cat food.  This is where it gets silly. 

The posh nosh for spoiled moggies includes chicken, tuna and snapper. 

1.  If I try only to buy free range chicken, why doesn’t this choice extend to catfood? 

2.  If I avoid tuna, or try only to buy skipjack tuna, up at the top of the Good Fish Guide, why would I buy unspecified tuna for my cat?

3.  If I avoid the worst choices from the bottom of the Good Fish Guide, such as snapper, why on earth would I buy it for my cat?

Discerning shoppers want to make the same wise choices across their shopping – whether food, shampoo, detergent or cat food.

My plea to cat food manufacturers – please give us a choice.  Let us feed our cats ethical, sustainable cat food.


Plenty more fish in the sea … or is there?

Selfridges, (top London department store) in association with the Zoological Society of London and 20 other conservation and environment groups, is leading “Project Ocean“. 


They are ensuring that their store and restaurants do not sell any endangered fish, they are raising money for the creation of new marine reserves, and they are promoting a fish guide.  Overall, they aim to raise awareness of the threats to our oceans and thereby enable people to make positive decisions about the right fish to buy and eat.

Who in New Zealand will pick this up and run with it?  Logan Brown made a great start.  Forest & Bird are raising awareness and getting their Good Fish Guide out there, and the Greens and Greenpeace are doing their bit, but we need a nationwide chain or household name to pick up the theme and stand by it. 

Pam’s have made a commitment to improve the choice of tuna they sell and its labelling.  Perhaps Pam’s and then Foodstuffs could lead this much needed campaign for NZ.


Marine Ecology

How important is it to choose the fish you eat?  Or perhaps should we stop eating fish while the ocean ecosystems recover?  I hope to find out as I embark upon a short course of study – Marine Ecology – with the Southern Institute of Technology.  

With my trusty feline companion beside me, we will go on a voyage of discovery and I want to share what I find out. 

Should we be avoiding all tuna as Greenpeace advocates?  Or is skipjack tuna OK as Forest & Bird suggest in their handy Best Fish Guide?  http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/publications/-best-fish-guide

Is there hope that our oceans will provide food and livelihoods for future generations? 

Have we saturated the oceans with carbon dioxide and destroyed the natural balance?  Have we discarded too much plastic that is now in our seas?  What do these issues mean for us, marine life and the planet?

Too many questions! 

I hope to have a better understanding of the issues as well as a more personal blog site soon!