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EPA Document Proves Euthanized Dogs and Cats are Rendered

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  1. sky

    The link to the pdf – is not valid any longer. You can however find it on here –

    and the new fda HTM file is here –

    I hope people realize why the movie The Matrix talked about feeding the dead to the living.
    They do not just do it to animal and feed that to animals.


  2. Peter

    I remember there is a brief video wherein the rendering company “executive” jokingly asks (something similar to): “where do you think fluffy and fido end up?”

    Decades ago we used to proudly feed our cat from the grocery store brands. I wouldn’t dream of doing that today. But I also believe (perhaps ignorantly?) that rendered ingredients and “by-products” from those days although awful stuff… were just not as “bad” as they are today. Those were the days before all of the conglomerates had bought up the pet food companies to stream their waste products into.

    Today, even though we take effort to buy high end, even so-called “super premium” foods, they are filled with things that are often worse than we can imagine.

  3. Tracy Clark

    I’m not at all surprised; but I’m glad to have the Science to back it up!!! I boycotted Purina when I was 15 years old…let’s just say that was NEARLY 40 years ago! I boycotted Walmart nearly a decade ago for manufacturing and peddling “Ol Roy”…at that time its first ingredient was High Fructose Corn Syrup; I understand they’ve switched it to the ‘second’ ingredient. Criminal if you ask me. Feel free to ask me.

  4. Michelle

    This exact article was run in 2010.(Google Title) Great to reinforce, but please state that it’s a reprint so it won’t lessen your credibility.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      The date on the article is stated – April 24, 2010. It’s no reprint, it is the original article.

  5. ellen

    What pet foods dont have this i use beniful does this have dog and cat can some one tell me im not rich and i have 3 dogs so what is the foods with no dog and cat

    1. Elizabeth haley

      Loyall life is safe and very affordable. Get off beneful asap!!!!

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  7. GG523

    Animals eat animals period. At least they’re not wasted and serving a purpose. The circle of life.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      What about the euthanizing drug in the animals? That is a significant concern – and definitely not ‘the circle of life’.

    2. Susie

      The circle of life is an animal caught, killed and eaten by another animal. Not when an animal is pumped full of lethal chemicals and unknowingly fed to another animal. Maybe this explains the rise in cancer and other diseases in our pets. That is why I raw feed my dogs. No hidden ingredients so that I know exactly what they are eating.

  8. kath

    So how do we know as it’s unclear as to the ingredients in cat food?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      We don’t. Euthanized animals are illegal per federal law to be included in any food including pet food, but FDA openly allows this material to be used in pet food. There is no warning what-so-ever on the pet food label. There are two options for consumers, one is to ask your pet food manufacturer for a written statement guaranteeing that no euthanized animal is included in the pet food (would suggest also asking for a guarantee that all meat ingredients are USDA inspected and approved for human consumption). The other is to purchase a human grade pet food. Human grade pet food means the food is manufactured in a human food facility, and made with 100% human food quality ingredients (including all supplements). This post explains human grade:

  9. ShanaRose

    would there be a way to get a lawyer involved and sue the pet food companies for deception? if the pet food companies are not responsible for the deception, can we sue the USDA or whatever governing body permits this as law? there has to be a way to stop this legally … it’s not just about citizens refraining from buying commercial pet food …. i don’t think that is possible …. this has to be fought on a level that can actually change these twisted laws ….

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      The FDA needs to be sued to force them to enforce existing law. Problem is, that takes a lot of money.

  10. Iva wallace

    I quit a name brand food when my lab developed skin sores from dyes. My ignorance allowed me to switch to yet another name brand and both of my babies developed liver issues. I stopped buying dog food at local stores.

  11. Diana Bendzel

    My dogs only eat dry food and organic I cook vevatables and add always organic honey.
    I make sure their food is healthy and organic.

  12. Vickie

    I have been feeding my dogs BilJac because, even though it says “chicken by-products” the conversations I’ve had with the people at Biljac convinced me that they are using chicken organ meat: heart, liver, gizzards, etc. They also said they cook the cornmeal for hours to make it digestible and to provide necessary carbs for the dogs. I like that they are still relatively independent and it’s made in the USA, not in China, where only God knows what they put in the dog food from there!! (rendered people parts? hmmmmmm…)

    Keep up the good work!

  13. Jackie

    I know for a fact that Science Diet uses cats in their dry food. I found a cat tooth in the bag. I stopped buying it. I switched to IAMS, but now I wonder about them too. In the old days you could get horse meat in your canned dog food, now you get another dog or cat. Just disgusting.

  14. Joseph

    Not all animals at shelters are JUST cats and dogs. Many shelters have cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, etc. that they may not be able to afford care for and no one wants to adopt.

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