The Indiana Attorney General’s office has suggested through Dr. Cathy Alinovi’s lawyer for me to remove my post about the real story of what happened to her. I said “no”.
I received a phone call from Dr. Cathy, she relayed to me that the Indiana Attorney General’s office sent via her attorney a request for me to remove my post about the horrible injustice that has happened to her. I asked why? Cathy shared her attorney informed her that the accusers felt “threatened” by my post and your comments.
I told Cathy – “I’m sorry but I will not remove the story to appease the Indiana Attorney General.”
No – I will not remove that post. I will not remove the comments of support for Dr. Cathy and or any other person that stands up for what is right for animals and their humans.
This is so much bigger than one little story about a veterinarian. This is about government authorities picking and choosing who they protect. Indiana picked a small handful of people to protect/believe in with respect to Dr. Cathy’s case. But at the same time, Indiana has chosen to ignore the protection of millions of pet food consumers all across the state.
Within Indiana Feed Law is a significant piece of the evidence. Here is a quote from Indiana Feed/Pet Food law (bold added):
“IC 15-19-7-29 Adulteration of commercial feed
(13) It is, in whole or in part, the product of a diseased animal or of an animal that has died by means other than slaughter.”
The above Indiana law means – that a pet food (or any animal feed) that contains the tiniest portion of diseased animal material or the tiniest portion of an animal that has died other than by slaughter, the pet food would be considered adulterated per Indiana law and per federal law. An ‘adulterated’ pet food would be required to be recalled.
Per their legal definitions, the following common pet food ingredients would be allowed to be sourced from diseased animals or animals that have died other than slaughter: Chicken/Poultry By-Product Meal, Meat and Bone Meal, Animal By-Product Meal, Animal Fat, and Animal Digest. None of these ingredients have the legal requirement to be sourced from a slaughtered animal. Specific to Chicken/Poultry By-Product Meal, the legal definition allows ground alive spent laying hens to be included. All of these ingredients are allowed to – per their legal definition (defined by AAFCO) to be sourced from diseased and/or non-slaughtered animals.
In other words – any pet food or treat that contained one or more of the above ingredients could be considered adulterated per Indiana law and federal law. Could be…that is, if the law was enforced. The State of Indiana, the Indiana Office of State Chemist, Feed Division, the Indiana Attorney General – have chosen to ignore the above law.
How many pet foods would be adulterated if Indiana enforced the law? Hundreds of different pet food and treat products covering many, many brands – ironically enough, some veterinary Rx pet foods/treats too. Pet foods and treats sold in every Indiana grocery store, every Indiana Big Box pet store, every Walgreens, every Target, every Walmart, every Dollar Store – would all be recalling pet foods IF Indiana would enforce their law.
And the sad truth is – every single state in the US is doing the same.
This is so much bigger than one veterinarian who resigned her license. This is government authorities picking and choosing who they protect. This is State and Federal law being ignored. This is Indiana, every state in the US, and the FDA all enabling industry to make billions in profits selling adulterated ingredients behind the backs of billions of pet food consumers.
Fellow consumer advocates and I are working on a plan – a plan that we can dedicate to every single person that has suffered with a sick pet or dead pet linked to a pet food/treat, dedicate to every single one of us that were ignored by regulatory authorities, and dedicate to every veterinarian that is outspoken about an industry who is allowed to violate law. We are working on it and hope to soon stand up for all of us that truly cares about the existing condition of pet food. Soon.
In the meantime…”no” Indiana Attorney General, I will not remove my post or the many comments from supporters of the truth.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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