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Former Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist joins BioPet Vet Lab Board of Directors
BioPet Vet Lab, a biotechnology company specializing in canine genetic testing, is pleased to announce that former Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist has joined its Board of Directors.
BioPet, a Knoxville, TN, based company, has recently launched their franchise program for PooPrints™, a product designed to promote responsible pet ownership and address one of the world’s growing environmental problems. Governor Sundquist’s experience in dealing with the government will be a great plus to BioPet Vet Lab as they move forward with the PooPrints™ franchise program.
Governor Sundquist served as governor of Tennessee from 1995 to 2003. He also served as US representative from 1982 to 1994. Presently he is a Partner at Sundquist Anthony LLC, Director at Howard Baker Center for Public Policy - University of Tennessee, Advisory Board Member at ICCF (International Conservation Caucus Foundation), and Governors Board of Director, among several other board appointments. In addition, he remains active in his consulting firm in Washington, DC.
Over the past 30 years, the canine population in the United States has doubled to over 78 million pets. Records show that up to 40% of dog owners do not pick up the droppings, creating an increasingly negative environmental impact. Consumer Reports survey in 2010 has shown that the nuisance from this is now ranked no.6 on their list of “America’s Top Gripes,” right below unreliable internet service. The greater impact, however, occurs when the droppings wash into lakes, rivers, and streams, bringing a host of bacteria with them. Because of this, the EPA now ranks the pollution problem in the same health category as toxic chemicals and oil entering the water supply.
Eric Mayer, Director of Franchise Development at BioPet, states that the EPA lists pet waste management at the top of their guidelines for Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations, and that there have been several reports recently of lakes and rivers closing from ground seepage. He further states the general public does not understand the very real health and environmental risks that dog waste poses. As an example, each dog dropping carries approximately 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria including Salmonella and E.coli. Exposure to these microbes not only causes fish kills, but can also transfer from dog-to-dog, and dog-to-human.
BioPet views PooPrints™ as the responsible answer to solving these environmental and health problems. Government regulation related to pet waste management will soon be implemented on a large scale, as many cities and towns currently have these ordinances on the books.
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About BioPet Vet Lab: BioPet Vet Lab is an animal DNA testing laboratory located in Knoxville, Tennessee. BioPet’s research and development group explores genetic science in order to offer new tests that can be used to improve the healthcare and quality of life for our beloved pets. For additional information about BioPet Vet Lab, visit their website at www.biopetvetlab.com.