The State of Ohio has introduced legislation to prohibit the use of euthanized animals in pet food and prohibit the use of dog and cat remains in pet food. A step in the right direction.
Existing Ohio law governing the rendering industry includes some disturbing disclosures.
953.22 Licensing of Rendering Operations.
(A) No person shall engage in the business of disposing of, picking up, rendering, or collecting raw rendering material or transporting the material to a composting facility without a license to do so from the department of agriculture.
The ‘collecting’ or ‘transporting’ raw material licensing required by Ohio allows the following entities to avoid licensing:
(3) A person whose only connection with raw rendering material is operating a pet cemetery;
(6) A county dog warden or animal control officer who transports raw rendering material only for disposal purposes.
…may require the owner to employ a specific method of disposition of the body, including burning, burying, rendering, composting, or alkaline hydrolysis…
In other words, Ohio law acknowledges that dead pets are rendered.
Ohio State Representative Laura Lanese took objection to current law after seeing a Fox 8 investigation into pet food. Representative Lanese took action, introducing House Bill No. 560. The Bill suggests changes to the regulations governing pet food. The following additions would define a pet food as “adulterated” if included:
(2) It contains any animal remains from an animal that has been euthanized by the use of any drug injected intravenously or through another nonvascular route.
(3) It contains any dog or cat remains, regardless of how the dog or cat died or was killed.
This is an great step in the right direction.
And now is the time for all pet food consumers to show their support for Representative Laura Lanese, time to show all other Ohio politicians (and all law makers in every other state) pet food consumers support those who look out for our pets. Residents of Ohio can email Representative Lanese thanking her for H.B. No. 560, and can email all other State Representatives asking them to support the Bill. Representative Lanese’s contact information can be found here: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/laura-lanese
Pet food consumers outside of Ohio can help make Representative Laura Lanese’s name – a very familiar name. Tweet a thank you to her for standing up for our pets, include your State Senators and Representatives in your Tweet to alert them to the Ohio Bill. Post a thank you to Representative Laura Lanese on Facebook and ask all your friends to do the same.
Representative Laura Lanese’s Twitter name is: @Lanese4GC
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LauraLanese
The Fox 8 news story about Ohio H.B. No. 560 also includes the information that attorney DanaMarie Pannella, an associate attorney with Holland and Muirden also worked on this Bill. Big thank you to Representative Lanese and Ms. Pannella for their efforts.
There is much more to be accomplished to make pet food safe. But maybe…just maybe…if Representative Lanese receives a strong showing of support from pet food consumers all across the U.S. – maybe other politicians will take note of the support and take similar action – and even stronger action to clean up pet food.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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