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C2003-02

Dear Christopher Cat

I buy only dolphin-safe tuna for my family.  Are there any canned cat foods that contain dolphin-safe tuna?

Christopher Responds

Not that I’m aware of.  And worse yet, the dolphin-safe label may soon be meaningless.

Tuna commonly swim below dolphins, so some fisherman drop giant, miles-long purse seine nets over groups of dolphins, killing the dolphins in the process of pulling in the tuna.  Half the dolphin population has been killed since this practice started in the 1950's.

For the past decade, the dolphin-safe label has let consumers know that the tuna was caught without killing dolphins. 

However, the Bush administration announced recently that tuna caught by dropping nets over dolphins may carry the dolphin-safe label, despite the intentional killing of dolphins.

If you would like to voice your opinion about the weakening of the dolphin-safe label, contact Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 5516, 14th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230, phone 202-482-2000, e-mail devans@doc.gov.

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