Here’s the pet food version of the ‘How Hard Did Aging Hit You’ 10 Year Challenge.
In 2010 (I couldn’t find a 2009 image of the site on WayBack Machine) – TruthaboutPetFood.com looked a lot different than it does today.
In 2010 we had a strong statement about on the homepage…
“Pet Food is…
The ONLY industry in the United States legally allowed to lie to Consumers!
The ONLY food industry in the United States allowed to violate Federal food safety law!”
Unfortunately this statement remains true ten years later. All regulatory authorities (FDA and each State Department of Agriculture) allows pet food to lie to consumers through misleading images and marketing claims and the industry is still allowed to violate federal (and state) law.
Ten Years of Pet Food Sales
The global top 5 pet food manufacturers per sales has seen some changes in pet food in the past ten years..
Ten Years of Pet Food Advertising
In 2009 Friskies Cat Food was selling pet food with plastic purple fish and green crabs…
And in 2017 Friskies was selling pet food using plastic chickens…
Ten Years of Illegal Ingredients
In 2009, Jerry E. provided TruthaboutPetFood.com with his personal experiences from a pet food ingredient rendering facility. Jerry E. was a pest control specialist whose company was hired by multiple pet food and rendering facilities. Quoting just a few of the excerpts from his story…
“As you might imagine, this area was loaded with flies; the piles of products were alive with maggots. It made it look like the whole pile of product was alive and moving. Not only were dead animals that died who knows how being rendered, but also live rats, a lot of rat droppings plus all the dirt and concrete fragments that were removed from the rat holes in the pit and piles of maggots. But ‘that was ok’ because it was just going for pet food.
The most sickening thing that I saw was trucks that came from chicken farms; I call them chicken prisons that were supposedly full of dead chickens. When they dumped, 90% of the chickens were dead, however there was always a few that were still alive, if you could call that alive. They were mostly featherless and staggering around obviously sick and dying. They picked them up and threw them into the pit alive to be ground up with the rest of the dump. Most of the cattle from feed lots and farmers had plastic ear tags impregnated with Dursban or other insecticides that were placed there to ward off flies. These tags were not removed, they were ground up with the cattle and the plastic and Styrofoam containers that spoiled and rotten meat from the supermarkets came in. When I asked about the ear tags and the plastic and Styrofoam they said that they could not afford to pay someone to remove them or un-package the spoiled meats from the supermarkets.”
Ten years later we have multiple lawsuits regarding pet foods containing euthanized animals and/or the lethal drug pentobarbital in numerous pet foods. Little to nothing has changed in pet food quality of ingredients in the past ten years. Maggots, rats, diseased chickens and even euthanized animals remain consistent in pet food.
How hard did aging hit pet food over the past 10 years? Minus a few exceptions (such as more brands of human grade pet foods available), pet food looks pretty much the same as it did 10 years ago.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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