Meow Mix Slave Labor
Hagens Berman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Big Heart Pet Brands for their practices of importing fish-based pet food, including Meow Mix, from suppliers who use slave labor. Specifically, Big Heart Pet Brands import pet food from a company called Thai Union Frozen Products (“Thai Union”). According to U.S. customs documents, Thai Union has shipped more than 28 million pounds of seafood-based pet food for some of the top brands sold in the United States.
According to the filed complaints, Thai Union relies on forced or slave labor to catch the fish used in fish-based Meow Mix and Iams-brand cat foods. These men and boys are victims of many human rights violations: they are trafficked from countries neighboring Thailand, sold to fishing boats by brokers and smugglers, and forced to work under physical violence, emotional abuse, and verbal threats. Reports by the New York Times and The Guardian have recently shed light on these inhumane working conditions.
In violation of California law, Big Heart Pet Brands does not disclose that its supplier Thai Union employs these forced labor practices and instead continue to profit from the slave labor that supplies the fish.
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