Interzoo News, 26 April 2010

Horst Seehofer, the Bavarian Minister-President and former Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, has accepted the patronage of Interzoo 2010. In his greeting in the exhibition catalogue, he emphasizes the importance of the pet supply trade for pet welfare:

“It is reported that crime fiction author Patricia Highsmith at times provided a home for up to six cats, the English poet Lord Byron showed his affection with a Saint Bernhard, and Ernst Jünger, who otherwise tended to be mainly interested in dissected insects, was photographed at an old age with a highly active parrot on his shoulder. But most pets expect regular feeding, cleaning and friendly words from their master or mistress rather than outstanding literary achievements. Pets not only become friendly companions, but also a challenge to the owner’s expertise and sense of responsibility. Pet owners must think about their pets, look after them and groom them, for which the pet trade always provides valuable help, offers good advice and recommends the right material in each case. The size of Interzoo suggests the economic importance that pets have gained. I wish the exhibition every success and many good contacts, because in many cases the well-being of pets also determines the well-being of people.”

Horst Seehofer
Minister-President of the Free State of Bavaria

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