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Nutria Dog Biscuits Chew Into New Orleans
by Mary-Devon Dupuy
Those lucky enough to encounter nutria in person know that these gnarly, orange-toothed swamp critters aren’t the most sympathetic vermin around. Not only are nutrias ugly as all get out, they’re an invasive species that feed on the vegetation of Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands, a rapidly disappearing and vital resource for everything from seafood to storm protection.
A few years ago, “Righteous Fur” began producing nutria fur for ladies looking for a “guilt-free” way to wear luxurious duds. Sister-brother team Veni and Hansel Harlan caught on to the sudden trend and decided to come up with a more practical way to turn the dangerous species into a tasty treat - for dogs.
Veni Harlan spoke with NoDef about how she and her brother came up with the idea for their new product, nutria dog biscuits, which are just starting to pop up in the New Orleans area.
“We knew about the state’s effort to promote nutria for the human table, but I think there’s too many other choices for Louisianans. Shrimp vs. nutria?" Harlan said. "It’s kind of a no-brainer. But the meat’s good and it’s very lean.”
The siblings had both cooked for their dogs before, so they decided to apply their canine cuisine talents to nutria cooking. Not too long afterwards, they found an opportunity to mass-produce their eco-friendly dog biscuits.
“It wasn’t until about a year later that the BTNEP (Barataria-Terrebone National Estuary Program) put out a call for submissions for its grant. So he called me, and said, ‘let’s see if we can get this grant.’ We scrambled and put together our business proposal, and they loved it," Harlan said.
The pair started selling their dog biscuits, under the product name “Marsh Dog LLC,” in Baton Rouge, where they both live. They were relieved by the positive feedback they received.
“We honestly didn’t know if people would think it was such a great idea like we did," Harlan said. "We thought it’s either going to be a great idea or we’re going to be feeding our dogs nutria for the rest of eternity.”
Harlan said the trend of buying all natural and locally owned has taken off for dogs as it did for humans. “It’s a human trend, and the dog food industry follows the human food industry.”
Now, Marsh Dog LLC sells their treats in the 504, at Jefferson Feed and Neighborhood Pet Market. Soon, they’ll be in Belladoggie, The French Quarter Pet Shop, and Petcetera.
“We don’t want to be in every single corner, it’s a specialized kind of product," she said. "All along the coast, people get it. It’s not just about making dog treats, we want to bring awareness to coastal issues.”
Harlan says that she hopes her product encourages people to read up on invasive species. “A lot of people don’t even know that nutria is not a native species or that the damage they do is so incredible," she said. "I guess I want people to pay more attention to the environment and how valuable the wetlands are to the whole United States.”
All of the meat that the Harlans use come from BTNEP. You can visit their website for activities and content about Louisiana’s Wetlands and their nutria issue.
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