Tuffy’s Pet Food (feed) recently “made an investment in the pet food science program at the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University.” “An investment”…interesting way to phrase it.
Tuffy’s Pet Food – located in Perham, MN – opened a new $70 million dollar manufacturing plant in 2015 (a feed grade manufacturing facility). Tuffy’s manufactures Pure Vita, Natural Planet, Supreme, Tuffy’s Gold and Tuffy’s Premium pet food brands – dry pet food for cats and dogs.
On December 20, 2017 – the Perham news reported that Tuffy’s “has given a gift to create the Tuffy’s Pet Foods Leadership Fund for Faculty and Program Development in Pet Food Science. The gift amount, which was not provided, will go a long way in helping Kansas State University further its research work and educate future pet food science students, according to Dr. Greg Aldrich, pet food program coordinator at K-State.”
“The gift supports faculty in the pet food program in the Department of Grain Science and Industry in the College of Agriculture. The gift also supports continued investment in research and program development in the area of pet food and nutrition science.”
Is it bias for a university to accept money from a pet food (feed) company to support research in pet food nutrition science? Is it bias for a pet food (feed) company to support the salary of faculty?
Opinion: it is bias unless Kansas State University (and every other university accepting money from pet food/feed) performs an equal amount of research on pet foods…real foods, not feeds. And research on legal pet foods/pet food ingredients.
The state of Kansas openly ignores federal and state law. Kansas law defines food as: “Articles used for food or drink for humans or other animals”. Kansas law defines an adulterated food as (in part): “it is the product of a diseased animal or an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter”. But Kansas does not enforce this law with pet food/animal feed. The state of Kansas – specifically the Kansas Department of Agriculture – openly allows pet foods to be sold to unknowing consumers that contain diseased animal material and material sourced from non-slaughtered animals. Further, the state of Kansas denies pet food consumers their Freedom of Information rights by not publishing pet food ingredient definitions publicly on their website. (Kansas state law is very similar to federal law – which all 50 U.S. states ignore with pet food.)
Perhaps a better goal for Kansas State University would be work to get their own state within compliance of law. (Wonder how many pet feed companies would donate to that cause?)
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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