Hey everyone, here’s a quick getting to know you blog! Ethical Pets is run by Joey and Anna: it’s a small, family run independent company.
Here’s 10 reasons why we do what we do here at Ethical Pets. Running a small business is hard work: this is what motivates us!
1. We are big time animal lovers!
We’re much more comfortable around our animal companions than our fellow humans. Running a pet shop gives us plenty of opportunity to spoil and pamper our pets!
2. We’re customers
We set up Ethical Pets because there wasn’t anywhere we could buy our ethical pet supplies all at once. We had to keep shopping with different companies. Shopping ethically should be easy, so we try and make that happen.
3. We care about all animals
Of course we know and very much adore our own special pets…. But we love cows, sheep, pigs and chickens too!
So, we want them to be safe and loved. Ideally, we would like them not to be used for food at all, including dog and cat food.
4. We’re both Vegan
We want to help more vegans to change their cats and dogs over to a vegan diet. We also want to teach more people about veganism! For both of these reasons we have a stall at lots of vegan fairs.
We both grew up vegetarian, and it was hard work back in the 80s and 90s. Now being vegan is not too hard at all! Our advice is: go slow, enjoy yourself & make mistakes. There is no such thing as a perfect vegan!
5. We’re scientists
We both graduated from university with science degrees, Joey in biology and Anna in psychology. Anna loves brains!
We have read most of the research available about vegan dog and cat food. It’s good news! Studies show it is a safe and healthy diet, provided the foods are good quality.
6. We’re pragmatists
We’re both pragmatists as well as idealists. While both of us strive for perfection, we also understand that the world isn’t simple. Change takes time!
Because of this, we want to cater for people and animals who don’t want to have a vegan diet. We aim to provide them with the most Ethical alternatives we can find. Therefore, we sell only Yarrah meat foods, because they are the most ethical.
7. We can make a difference
We think that little businesses like ours can have a big impact on the world. Businesses can challenge perceptions, encourage compassion and provide alternatives to mainstream companies.
8. Joey has health problems
We initially set up Ethical Pets after Joey caught lyme disease on a university Field Trip. Unfortunately he wasn’t getting better, and is still unwell today.
Extra flexibility and being able to work from home made it possible for him to go back to work.
9. Anna is a Boss
Anna… likes her independence. She enjoys being self-employed much more than employed!
Anna comes from a long line of unconventional folk: musicians, entrepreneurs and of course her mum who is Vicar.
10. We’re problem solvers
We don’t take no for an answer! So, if we think we can fix something, we’ll go ahead and do it. To us, Ethical Pets is more a solution to a problem than a business.