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  1. Linda

    0n behalf of our beloved pets we so appreciate your efforts!

  2. Lisa Hayes

    I applaud you all for taking this stand for all of us, both 2 and 4 legged. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I not only have goosebumps as well, but also tears of relief and confidence, that finally, change can occur; but also for the countless who have suffered and lost the battle and those that might not live to see fruition of your efforts. Again, thank you.

  3. Mark Morton

    “Thank you!” pet food warriors!

  4. Hope

    Reading, listening and grateful for you and the others who care so deeply and intelligently. Thank you Susan!

  5. Cora VandeKar

    Thank you Susan..
    All very respected names! Glad you all met as I follow every one of them..
    Respect.. go get um! 🙂

  6. Brenda Boutin

    Good job. I hope this is the beginning of higher standards and compliance

  7. Joy Gaston

    What a great team to represent us customers. Thanks so much.

  8. Beth Marousek

    Thanks for taking time from your schedule to keep us posted. Truly appreciated!

  9. Pacific Sun

    Finally, just to have the kind of supporting partners you’ve identified in the article is such a testament to your tenacity and dedication to the advocacy effort for the last 8 years.

    You’ve set such an outstanding example of never giving up, no matter how daunting your presence has been at AAFCO and FDA meetings, and how you’ve been so rudely treated! At last a united front of co-supporters which AAFCO will have a much harder time ignoring and discounting this time. You and fellow subject matter and experienced experts actually know what you’re talking about and will staunchly stand up for your recommendations. At least you are all witnesses to one another (in person) as to the treatment you’ll be receiving (overtly or covertly). And this time, regarding how they react to you – nobody can say that it is misperception or just personality anymore!!

    Thank you for all that you do for the love of our companions!

    All of this is so important for the “record” and with 78,000 signatures behind you, they will know that consumers are watching!!

  10. Sandra Murphey

    Susan, Thank you for keeping us in the loop and letting us know who’s with you. So many of us are hoping for changes because “Animal Lives Matter” and so many have been lost needlessly.

  11. Jo

    BRAVO! What a great team effort! Thank you, everyone! I look forward to more reports, Susan! Go get ’em, gal!

  12. Cheryl Mallon-Bond

    Thank you for the update Susan. I was excited to hear of all the others that joined you at this important meeting! With more advocates there by your side I am sure it felt good to feel the power & comradarie of everyone being there to fight the good fight! I hope that AAFCO, State Dept of Agriculture, &The FDA, start taking seriously!!!! that we are ALL not going away! & we are going to KEEP DEMANDING that more changes start & continue being made. There needs to FINALLYA be TRUTH & ACCOUNTABILITY from pet food manufacturers! We consumers have the RIGHT to know what we are buying & feeding our pets!, and like Dr. Karen Becker repeated….the bar needs to be raised… SIGNIFICANTLY! I was a little surprised with all the pet loving people in just the USA alone, that more people did not sign the petition; 78,000 IS a lot of people, but pet lovers need to do better! We have to find a way to get MILLIONS of signatures & we must figure out a way to get this done! I am looking forward to hearing the newest Update as soon as you are able to decipher through all your notes. Thanks again Susan, Dr. Hovfe, Dr. Becker, Dr. Morgan, Ms. Morrissette, Ms. Wolfe, & Mr. Habib for championing our cause to help protect our beloved animals from the LIES of pet “feed” manufacturers! On another note Susan, I am hoping that you & all of these other advocates can help to convince pet food manufacturers to STOP using CARAGEENAN in the manufacturing of pet foods across the board. After researching a TON of brands, I am HORRIFIED that even TOP PREMIUM BRANDS, who’s food in expensive ! are using CARAGEENAN. This has got to STOP!!!!!

  13. Cheryl


    THANK you so much for all that you are doing and posting! You are such an inspiration and I appreciate you and all the others taking our voices to the meetings. I am looking forward to reading more. Be blessed and know I am appreciative of all that you are doing.

  14. Terri Janson

    All is can say is BRAVO!!!!! Sounds great! Thank you Susan! :))))

  15. Tammy Garrison

    Susan, I’m frustrated, and I don’t know what to do. Surely there is someone we can go to, can speak to. Is contacting our congressperson the person we should write to? What? Who?


    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I understand your frustration. We do need elected officials to realize what actually pets and livestock animals are eating – I’m confident they don’t have a clue. I also believe we need the large consumer advocate groups – such as Food and Water Watch and Center for Science in the Public Interest – to be at these meetings. I’ve asked and asked them in the past, but so far no luck. Hopefully Dr. Karen Becker will be able to nudge them to go. We need scientists there that can go toe to toe with industry and challenge them – providing the science that proves the risks involved. The bad news is, we didn’t get into this mess overnight, and it is not going to be corrected overnight. We have to keep being there – growing in numbers at each meeting – and hold them accountable. One meeting at a time.

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