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Historical Basis for Illegal Waste in Pet Food

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  1. Reader

    I used to think that wet meat for my dog was too rich. Even mixed with dry kibble it gave him messy stools more often than not. This happens when my friend’s mix wet food in with their brands of dry kibble. It’s happened over many past years. When I go back to feeding actual pieces of meat (either raw or minimally cooked) with whole foods my dog’s stools go back to normal. I think the PF companies have becomes masters of making canned food “look” and “smell” decent to humans, but only heaven knows what’s really in that STUFF!!

    1. Ellie

      I think if you read the ingredient lists of most canned pet food you will have a hard time finding any real nutrition there. Also raw meat or lightly cooked meat is digested much more quickly than kibble. Kibble is hard for pets to digest so mixing raw with kibble will usually result in more difficulty for the dog’s digestive system to work properly as it is trying to dispose of two entirely different food types that digest at different rates.

  2. Peter

    There is an “historical basis” for many ugly and embarrassing aspects of US history: slavery, segregation, discrimination, and disenfranchisement of women from their right to vote come to mind as a notable few to recall. The FDA seems to invoke the same laziness as a framework for government inaction. The FDA should look into securing some public relations advice to filter their commentary. Their response shames any free-thinking citizen.

  3. Alan

    When I first started reading this, I thought it was another April Fools article. I mean “Historical Basis for Illegal Waste?” C’mon, you have to be kidding. Heck, there’s an historical basis for robbing banks, too, but that doesn’t make it okay. (Except in Cyprus.)
    Before I got to the end, though, I knew the only fools were those who believed anything the FDA says. Thanks for all you do for us and the pets we love. But really, Susan, you need to lighten up a bit at least one day a year so you don’t become a grumpy old lady.

    1. Reader

      Obviously Susan is perfectly capable of speaking for herself. Therefore it’s only my opinion that she exposes the readers to only one tenth of what she really knows, and shares only some of the horror stories that pet consumers report. Being the communication is day in and day out, it must be a grim business. The only consolation being, the ability to educate and warn pet consumers continuously. Personally I like that Susan has a very consistent,serious journalistic style. It confirms credibility, accuracy and professionalism. I don’t really need to be “entertained” on this site. Though some cute stories are occasionally posted. And, as a side note, I can only hope that Susan’s pet companions provide her with all the well deserved comic relief she needs!!! The Pet Food business is indeed made up of people who are perpetually acting as “fools” year round, with April 1st hardly being any more of an excuse than normal.

  4. Ellie

    My grandfather was the manager of a rendering plant many years ago. I remember asking my mom what a rendering plant was. She told me they took the bodies of dead animals and cooked them to make soap. I’m sure it was more complicated than that but that was enough to make me cringe. I never looked at that bar of soap the same way after that! Farmers who who have to put down an old horse or cow used to call the truck to pick up the dead animal as soon as possible to take it to the rendering plant. They would get a small amount of money for the body of the dead animal.
    Now with our modern progress these places can receive the dead bodies of thousands of dogs and cats that have been put down at animal shelters to throw into the goo of dead bodies. Can it get anymore disgusting!? Why would anyone feed their beloved pets this muck?

  5. Ruth

    Not only have I seen livestock laying out in the extreme heat for over a week before being picked up by the local rendering facility, but I am also aware that most of those animals were showing signs of illness and pumped full of anitbiotics in the days prior to their death. Most of these animals were also sprayed for flies with chemicals and or have eartags in them which go into the grinder with them.

    1. Athena

      You are spot-on, Ruth…I’ve seen the videos of dead cows lying in the heat outside of a farm, waiting to be picked up by ‘the truck’…and who knows how many days they’re lying out there with more bodies being added to the heap…and they’re obviously sick, because if they weren’t they would still be in the barn being made to produce whatever it is the humans want from it…so sick and disgusting…I hurt for the way animals are treated…

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