A new report released on Thursday says that most people can’t afford to buy pet foods and pet supplies in Israel, which is one of the biggest pet food exporters in the world.
The survey by the Israel Food Bank and the Pet Food and Feed Association (PFDA) found that only 10 percent of Israelis surveyed said they could afford to feed their pets, and more than 80 percent said they would likely spend more than their weekly income to feed a pet.
More than 1.6 million Israeli families spend at least 30 percent of their income on pet supplies, the report said.
In 2015, Israeli pet food prices topped US$2,000 a kilogram, while pet food imports rose to $3.3 billion in 2016.
Pet food imports reached $2.8 billion last year, according to data from the International Pet Foods Association.
The report, entitled “Pet food: A challenge for a poor country,” also found that most Israeli households do not have a pet food storage facility or veterinary clinic, which could allow for a shortage of food.
The median pet food price in Israel was $1,979, and it is about twice as much as it was in 2016, the Pet Feed Association said in a statement.
“The pet food crisis is a global phenomenon, affecting the pet industry globally and Israel especially,” said Rachel Leibovich, a senior policy analyst at the Pet Trusts, an Israeli advocacy group.
“We need to make pet food affordable for everyone in Israel.”
Israel has one of Europe’s highest pet food costs.
In 2016, Israel’s pet food import bill was about $30 million, more than double the US$8.7 billion bill, according a Pet Trust report.
The US$13 billion import bill in 2016 was almost 10 times more.
The PFDA report said that in 2017, the Israeli pet supply market was expected to contract by 8 percent, due to lower demand and higher prices.
In 2016, pet food manufacturers in Israel imported about $8.3 million in pet food from China, a figure that was nearly five times more than in the same year in 2016 and five times the amount imported in 2015.
The Israeli pet industry was hit especially hard by the pandemic, according.
Many pet food companies have been forced to shutter their operations.
Pet Food and Food Supply Association chief executive Ronen Raskin said that the pet food shortage is “one of the most serious problems that we face in the pet supply sector” in Israel.
Raskin added that the Pet Supply Association has launched a national campaign to raise awareness about the pet supplies shortage.
The Pet Trust said that it is working to ensure that pet food is affordable and that people are able to afford to purchase pet food.
“Our vision is that every Israeli citizen will be able to feed and care for his or her pet, no matter where they live, in peace and security,” said Raskins co-founder and CEO, Avi Shalev.