Recently, a pet food manufacturer representative couldn’t seem to understand why my attitude was so bad. This is what I told him…
It was somewhat of a heated conversation. He really didn’t want to hear what I had to say, but he did respectfully listen. It all started when he asked me why I didn’t believe the pet food manufacturers…why I didn’t believe most manufacturers would never put any pet in danger. I told him…
You don’t know what I know. You’ve not spoken with hundreds…thousands of grieving pet owners. You haven’t talked to the woman whose daughter was murdered one year, and the next year a pet food killed her dog devastating the family even further. You haven’t talked to the family who spent $40,000 trying to save their three dogs – all of them died – one, two, three…they were confident was caused by a pet food. You haven’t talked to the woman that the FDA callously told ‘if your other cats die, send us their bodies – but until then, there’s nothing we can do to help you’. You haven’t talked to the family whose young son watched the family dog drop dead certainly linked to the pet’s food.
You have not a clue what I know. One family lost seven pets…one painful death after another…in the 2007 recall. To this day the family deals with painful grief – magnified with each pet food commercial they see on TV. You haven’t talked to the pet owner whose 3rd pet succumbed to kidney failure the very day she received the pennies on the dollar settlement from the 2007 recall. And I’d bet you haven’t talked to countless other pet owners whose own health was compromised due to stress and heartache in 2007. These people still grieve so deeply their heart aches years later.
You haven’t had a pet food kill your pet and then read a carefully crafted press release claim “no pet illnesses have been reported”. You haven’t had a jerky dog treat kill your pet and then wait 6 years for the FDA to do something…anything…to stop more pets from dying from the same treats.
You don’t have to be a private detective to make a pet food, but consumers have to be in order to buy safe pet food.
You haven’t had to fight…and I mean fight…for years to give consumers a voice with decision makers of pet food. You’re industry, they welcome your input. But we are just crazy pet owners, and we have to fight to get heard.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. So, if you feel I have a bad attitude towards Big Pet Food – the best I can tell you is…you don’t know what I know.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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