Does $200 Million Tax Revenue Buy Selective Enforcement of Pet Food
What is more important to the state of Florida – the health of animals and enforcement of law or $200 million in tax revenue? It appears to be the money.
A racing Greyhound died in January 2017, 72 other became ill because they consumed 4-D meat pet food; 4-D meat pet food is sourced from dead, diseased, dying or disabled animals. 4-D meat pet food is a violation of Florida state law and federal law. This dog died and 72 other got sick – because Florida doesn’t enforce pet food/animal feed law.
Federal law considers a food (human or animal food) to be adulterated if it contains any part of a diseased animal or an animal that has died other than by slaughter. These laws apply to every single US state. But the state of Florida goes one step further…Florida has laws specific to animal foods/feeds. Florida pet food/animal feed law states…
Chapter 580 Commercial Feed and Feedstuff
580.071 Adulteration.—No person shall distribute an adulterated commercial feed or feedstuff. A commercial feed or feedstuff shall be deemed to be adulterated:
(h) If it is, in whole or in part, the product of a diseased animal or of an animal that has died by a means other than slaughter
4-D meat pet food is a direct violation of Florida state law and federal law. Per Florida state law, the Florida Department of Agriculture has the authority to issue a “STOP-SALE, STOP-USE, REMOVAL, OR HOLD ORDERS” on any adulterated pet food/animal feed, has the authority to “condemn and confiscate” any adulterated pet food/animal feed, Florida even has the authority to arrest repeating offenders of adulterated pet food/animal feed laws.
But…Florida Department of Agriculture has chosen not to arrest repeat offenders in the greyhound racing industry, has chosen not to issue a stop sale, has chosen not the condemn or confiscate any 4-D meat pet food. Florida has chosen NOT to enforce this law at all. Florida Department of Agriculture decided to selectively ‘look the other way’ (selective enforcement) at violations of state and federal law even when animals died, even with multiple instances of illness and death.
From an Orlando, Florida News 6…
On the morning of Jan. 17 (2017), trainer Edel Figueroa found a greyhound named SWG Mother Neff dead in its crate with vomit and feces saturating the carpet, a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation investigative report states. Seventy-two other greyhounds were sick and had feces covering their crates’ carpets, the report adds. The dogs had been fed a type of meat not approved for human consumption called “4-D meat,” according to the company that sold the meat to the trainer.
In 2014, two greyhounds died and 97 others became ill at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club after eating food that contained raw 4-D meat.
Why would the state of Florida ignore state and federal law? It could be this…
From the Facebook page of the Florida Greyhound Association (a greyhound racing association):
The state’s Gambling Impact Study reports that the Florida greyhound industry produces an estimated $200 million dollars in tax revenue. Profits from dog racing purses are paid out to the kennels and owners that race the greyhounds, many live, work and spend their income in the Sunshine State.
Should Florida enforce law and prohibit the use/sale of 4-D meat pet food, the Greyhound Racing industry could suffer, the pet food industry as a whole would suffer… so would tax revenue provided to the state.
It’s not just Florida.
Thirteen other states have laws (state laws) specific to pet food/animal feed prohibiting the use of 4-D meat in pet food/animal feed – Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, and North Dakota.
The current President of AAFCO – Ken Bowers – is from Kansas Department of Agriculture; Kansas does not enforce state or federal laws prohibiting the use of 4-D meat in pet food. The President-elect of AAFCO – Stan Cook – is from Missouri Department of Agriculture; Missouri does not enforce state or federal laws prohibiting the use of 4-D meat in pet food.
None of the states that have state laws specific to pet food/animal feed enforce the laws prohibiting the use of 4-D meat.
Every single U.S. state should be enforcing federal laws that specifically classifies 4-D meat to be an adulterant (human or animal food) too. But not one state enforces federal law in pet food/animal feed. Not one.
It’s not just ‘food’ for racing greyhounds.
We don’t know with certainty how common 4-D meat is in commercial pet food. We have information from USDA – based on 2003 statistics – stating “about three billion pounds of carcasses” from animal mortalities (‘dead’/non-slaughtered – one of the 4-D’s) need to be disposed of annually. And we know that pet food companies – Evanger’s Pet Food, Against the Grain Pet Food, Party Animal Pet Food – sourced meat from euthanized animals (‘dead’/non-slaughtered – one of the 4-D’s – sourced from a ‘dead animal processor’) telling the consumer the products were ‘human grade’ and even ‘organic’.
What is certain – 4-D meat in pet food kills and sickens animals. What is certain – each U.S. state pet food regulatory authority is ignoring law. What is certain – industry and government are profiting because laws are being ignored.
It is truly criminal.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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