If you are a pet owner or love animals PLEASE PLEASE read this post!!!! (and I am sorry that this is my first post but the information is something I cannot in all good consciousness NOT try to share with all animal and pet lovers - if this can avoid or undo even one pet's suffering than it is worth it).
Because of the disturbing nature of the excerpts and information I am putting the rest of this post under a cut so that those who are children or too squeamish do not get disturbed or cause problems. BUT if you are an animal lover and you want to know how you can help not only SAFE GUARD your beloved pet’s health but also do simple things to stop a horrible and sickening practice, then PLEASE read this post all the way through. If your pets are suffering horrible illnesses or allergies and you and your vet cannot find a suitable reason why, then this post may truly help you and your pet!
If you are a pet owner or love animals PLEASE PLEASE read this post!!!!
If your pets are suffering horrible illnesses or allergies and you and your vet cannot find a suitable reason why, then this post may truly help you and your pet! If your pets are either getting sick or snubbing their pet food all together THERE IS a REASON.
As those who know me know I and my family are ardent animal lovers and supporters of animal rights.
We have an aged golden retriever, two aged female cats, and one young female cat as pets.
Recently our dog Hogan has been experiencing baffling skin conditions that have accelerated to horrible hot, itching spots. Our older cats have also had baffling medical problems over the years, particularly the odd snubbing of whole batches of canned cat food and the premature loss of their teeth at the age of seven (for both who were not genetically related). Now our dog has tumors on the underside of his belly.
In an effort to try to find a natural remedy or aid for them, my Mom came across a book with information so startling and gut wrenching that the reading of it actually made me run to the bathroom to throw up.
What I write are excerpts from the book that I believe EVERY pet owner needs to be aware of, especially if their pets are suffering from any illnesses or abnormalities.
The woman who wrote this book has spent decades interrogating, investigating, and lab testing these things and is 100% credible - the title and info for the book will be given after the excerpts.
As a human being who believes in the ethical treatment of animals, this absolutely sickened and horrified me:
‘In 1990 after the illness of my two large dogs… I began to ask questions about the ingredients in commercial pet foods and the manufacturers. I quickly learned that this is a multi-billion dollar industry that operates with virtually no government regulations and in many ways is self-regulated.’1
‘Under AAFCO guidelines, acceptable meat by-product can include animal lungs, spleens, kidneys, brains, livers, blood, bones, low-temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. Livers can be infested with worms (liver flukes) or diseased with cirrhosis. Lungs can be filled with pneumonia. If an animal is diseased and declared unfit for human consumption, the carcass is acceptable for pet food. Even parts of animals, such as “stick marks” - the area of the body where animals have been injected with antibiotics, hormones, or other drugs - are cut from the carcasses intended for human consumption and used for meat by-product for pet food.’2
‘The most objectionable source of protein for pet food is euthanized cats and dogs. It is not uncommon for thousands of euthanized dogs and cats to be delivered to rendering plants, daily, and thrown into the rendering vat - collars, I.D., tags, and plastic bags - to become part of this material called ‘meat meal’.’3
Common ingredients put in DRY and WET pet foods that pet-food companies are not required to put on the labels:
‘Hydrolized Hair: is made from clean hair treated by heat and pressure to produce a product suitable for animal feeding. This includes the hair from cattle, horses, pigs, or other animals that have been slaughtered.’
It goes on to also list ‘Spray-dried animal blood’, ‘Dehydrated food-waste’, ‘Dehydrated garbage’, ‘Dried poultry waste’, even ‘Dried swine waste’ as sources that pet food ingredients that make up ‘protein’.4
The book goes on to list equally disturbing and disgusting facts about the ‘whole grains’ that make up the dried pet foods (grains that can contain toxic substances that make it unfit for human consumption such as mycotoins and vomitoxins).
Concerning how the animals are rendered for pet food: ‘Before these animal parts and by-products used for pet food are shipped from the slaughterhouse to the rendering plant, they by-product is ‘denatured’. This means that crude carbolic acid, cresylic disinfectant, or citronella, is sprayed on the product. In the case of a whole beef or swine carcass that has been condemned, the denaturing product is injected into the entire carcass… In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classifies both crude carbolic acid and cresylic as ‘poison’.’5
But the absolute MOST disturbing is:
‘The rendering or companion animals is legal in the United States. There are no laws determining how veterinarians or shelters must dispose of pets… For large animals, such as cattle, horses, and pigs, there is the “Dead Animal Disposal Act”, which states they must be disposed of within twenty-four to forty-eight hours… and either be buried, cremated, or sent to rendering. But no similar disposal act exists for companion animals.
In 1994 I contacted the Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA/CVM) and posed this question: Are government agencies aware that euthanized pets are being used in commercial pet foods? The reply I received from Christine Richmond, spokesperson for the FDA, Division of Animal Feeds, reads in part, “In recognizing the need for disposal of a large number of unwanted pets in this country, CVM has not acted to specifically prohibit the rendering of pets. However, that is not to say that the practice of using this material in pet food is condoned by the CVM.”…
Nationwide, rendering plants claim that dogs and cats are just a small percentage of the material that they render and that they are providing a much-needed service to shelters that can’t afford other means of disposal such as cremation or burial. In a 1997 article in The New York Times, reporter Sandra Blakeslee quotes Chuck Ellis, a spokesman for the city’s sanitation department: “Los Angeles sends 200 tons of euthanized cats and dogs to West Coast Rendering in Los Angeles, every month.”’6
What makes this most disturbing is that it is made clear that unless a person specifically instructs and pays (and even then it is not absolute that your wishes will be done) to have their pet cremated or buried, that animal WILL end up in a rendering plant.
If this disgrace were not enough, the DANGER this poses to our pets who are living is much worse. When pets are euthanized a drug called Sodium Pentobarbital is used which is a POISON and which can withstand the heat from the rendering process and thus can and does contaminate pet food.
The excerpts I have given are from the book ‘Food Pets Die For’ by Ann N. Martin.
Martin also lets it be known that very often the vets which deal with the dead pets are NOT aware of what is being done with the carcasses - they pay a service to take the carcasses away and it is then THAT service which decides how the carcasses are disposed of and many of them are sold for a profit to the rendering plants.
Martin, who lives in Canada, says that when she went on the air with this information to the PUBLIC, the outcry was SO great and the veterinary community so disgusted and shocked that it stopped using the disposal services they had been using AND legislation is being made to protect against the use of dead companion pets in pet food, which shows that if the public outcry is enough CHANGE can be effected!
It is for this reason that I have written this and posted it; I don’t think I could live with myself as a human being if I did not spread this information not only for the respect of the many beloved but deceased pets that I now know ended up boiled down to pet food, but for our beloved cats and dogs that are currently living and suffering from diseases such as cancer and kidney and brain disease in mass numbers that was never heard of centuries ago.
Martin also cites research that shows that major pet food companies like Purina, Iams, and others actually FUND animal testing for their food which includes such practices as starving dogs and cats to see the effect of their food on weight gain; surgically cutting a hole into the animal's stomach to insert a tube so that when the animal digests the experimental food it can be collected to see how it is being digested; the killing of cats and dogs for bone harvesting to see the effect on bone density; the purposeful depletion of zinc in puppies to monitor the effects of vitamin supplements in the food; even purposely starting kidney disease in kittens and then killing them to study the effect on the kidneys - ALL of these lab animals also end up in the rendering plant. AND they often employ UNIVERSITIES to conduct these tests, CSU is included in one such experiment.
If you are as shocked and sickened by this as I, I encourage you to get the book (which also includes numerous recipes for you to make your own safe pet food but also guidelines to identify pet food that IS safe) and to also alert your local vet and investigate and prod to find out whether or not they use a disposal service that also sells to rendering plants! WRITE to the pet food companies to voice your outrage and stop supporting their products (there ARE pre-made pet foods that are NOT made this way!)! I know I will! Pass this on to others!!!
A deeply sickened and concerned animal lover,
Excepts: 1: p. viii, 2: p.2, 3: p.2, 4:p.5, 5: pp.13,14, 6: p.20 from ‘Food Pets Die For’ by Ann N. Martin.