A pet food consumer was recently chastised by her veterinarian for stating pet food fact learned from TruthaboutPetFood.com. She was encouraged not to listen to me because “Susan doesn’t have any initials after her last name.” No DVM behind our name equals we can’t think?
The following message was posted to me on Facebook…
Susan, I come home to tell you after I just left a Vets office, and he stated: “Susan doesn’t have any initials after her last name.” “She is no different than a 16 year old working at PetCo on dog food issues.” He wanted me to purchase Hills Science Diet as they are approved from that organization. AAFCO org?
Unfortunately, many of us have to deal with short sighted individuals like this particular veterinarian. To all those that have letters behind their names that can’t see the truth for the ‘meets AAFCO nutrient requirements’ I say…
I can read. You are right, I don’t have letters behind my name, but I can read. I can read federal law that defines food as “articles used for food or drink for man or other animals.” (Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act Section 321.Definitions (f)).
I can read federal law that defines food as adulterated and illegal “if it consists…of any filthy, putrid or decomposed substance” and “the product of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter”. (Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act Section 342.Adulterated Food (a) (1) (3) (5))
I also read FDA “Compliance Policy Guides” – FDA’s lack of enforcement of federal law. I read CPG Sec. 675.400 Rendered Animal Feed Ingredients that states “using animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter” are acceptable for use in animal feed.
I read CPG Sec. 690.300 Canned Pet Food that states “Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter…will be considered fit for animal consumption.”
I can read the law and the FDA loopholes provided to the animal food industry to avoid those laws. But what I don’t understand is why so many with initials behind their names have not read these same laws and Compliance Policies. I don’t understand how any veterinarian could believe “pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter” is suitable for our pets to consume. I don’t understand how any veterinarian could believe this type of pet food would be safe to bring into our homes.
Does diseased animal tissue in pet food suddenly become acceptable because the pet food meets AAFCO nutrient profiles? Is anyone really that short sighted?
I don’t understand why cattle are allowed to consume poultry litter or why animal blood is acceptable to provide in cattle, poultry and hog feed.
But the biggest thing I don’t understand is why so many with initials behind their names (especially the initials of DVM) are recommending feed grade (waste ingredient grade) pet food to their clients. How can anyone charged with the responsibility to protect animal health sit back and ignore the horror of pets being fed diseased animal tissue and all animals consuming waste?
I have a great deal of respect for veterinarians and nutritionists that bravely defy old school veterinary training, those that think with ‘food’ logic instead of what they were trained to say (‘if it is AAFCO approved, it is quality food for pets’). Thank heaven, those veterinarians that think with logic – don’t recommend feed grade ingredient pet foods. They encourage their clients to seek food – not ‘animal feed’ for their pets, and they are open to non-traditional types of feeding pets.
From all of us with “no initials behind our names” that has no more knowledge about pet food “than a 16 year old working at PetCo”…to all those who adamantly defend ‘nutritionally balanced’ pet food sourced from diseased meat and other waste…you disgust pet food consumers by your defense of feed grade waste ingredient pet foods. Wake up – smell the decomposing tissue. Stop belittling those that have learned the lesson of feed grade waste ingredient pet food the hard way (which includes many of your colleagues that have our respect). We’ll never go back – you should understand why.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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