A consumer was recently bashed by a pet food nutritionist, claiming consumers are “stupid” and “have no clue”. My response to pet food nutritionists on behalf of pet food consumers; an open letter to the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.
Recently a pet food consumer was responded to with the following…
You are not a companion animal Ph.D. nutritionist. I am so sick if people spouting off their stupid statements…when they don t have a clue. I/we employ Ph.D. companion animal nutritionists..several. One gentleman is a double Ph.D. nutritionists. Pleeeaaasse. Don t even bother….
Guess what Ph.D. companion animal nutritionists? We’re sick of you too! (Well, many of you.)
Pet food consumers are sick of animal nutritionists NOT speaking out against FDA policies which allow pets to consume rendered dead/non-slaughtered and/or diseased animals. You quickly lash out against consumers, yet you are silent when it comes to the illegal, horrendous, lacking in any quality nutrition pet ‘food’ ingredients commonly sold in the pet products you defend. Why are you silent?
You expect us to respect the letters behind your name when you sit back, and do absolutely nothing about one of the worst horrors of pet food? You want our respect? Then act respectably. It’s very simple. No pet should consume diseased, dead/non-slaughtered animals. You know this to be true, even us that ‘don’t have a clue’ know this to be true. Step up. Do something (other than sit back, cash your paycheck from Big Pet Food and bash consumers). You want our respect? Then do something that is right for animal health.
Ph.D. companion animal nutritionists verbally abuse friend and fellow consumer advocate Rodney Habib on a consistent basis (on Facebook – and if you are not on Facebook you should join just to receive Rodney’s material). They even use Rodney’s material in power point presentations to their colleagues – making fun of us – all of us.
Yes. We are sick of them, sick of their mocking us, sick of their attitude. We are sick of them sitting back and doing NOTHING about the horrors of pet food. Time for action.
An open letter to the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN), emailed 7/19/16…
There is a serious and concerning divide between pet food consumers and animal nutritionists. Some veterinarians and nutritionists are openly mocking pet food consumers, calling us “stupid” when we question the nutritional value of ‘material from diseased animals or animals that have died otherwise than by slaughter’. Some veterinarians and nutritionists are even mocking us in presentations to colleagues. This is uncalled for, and benefits no one.
Pet food consumers remind you of your oath…
Veterinarian Oath… “I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.”
Pet food consumers write ACVN asking significant questions…
Does ACVN believe rendered dead/non-slaughtered animals or condemned animal material recycled into pet food – sold to unknowing consumers – is ‘protection of animal health’? Does ACVN consider this material proper nutrition for companion animals? Does ACVN believe dead/non-slaughtered animals or condemned animal material recycled into pet food is safe to be brought into homes, perhaps handled by children?
If yes, enough said. This tells us enough about you to know that any further conversation is worthless.
If no, pet food consumers ask ACVN to work with us. To directly and purposely petition FDA and each State Department of Agriculture requesting law be enforced, protecting the health of animals. We remind ACVN that federal law deems material “if it is, in whole or in part, the product of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter” is an adulterant in any food (human or animal), and thus illegal. Unfortunately, all pet food regulatory authorities ignore this law with pet food/animal feed. Consumers remind ACVN of FDA Compliance Policy directly allowing this material into pet food; “Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a)(5) will not ordinarily be actionable.”
Pet food consumers are openly asking ACVN for two things…
- Stop the attack on consumers. The initials behind your names do not guarantee us you have the best interest of our pets in mind. Respect is earned – not demanded.
- Begin an effort to work with consumers to stop the illegal material allowed into pet food. Work with us, not against us, for safer, quality pet food.
Consumers and ACVN could together initiate an campaign that could ultimately change the future of animal food. We await your response.
Representing concerned pet food consumers –
Should ACVN respond, it will be shared.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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