Friend and fellow pet food consumer advocate Dr. Michael W. Fox provided us his thoughts on the World Wildlife Fund’s recent post on pet food…
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has a long history of turning half-truths into fact and missing the larger picture for reasons attributable to short-sightedness or vested interests. Their WWF magazine, Spring 2016 article “What’s the environmental impact of pet food” is illustrative of this organization’s limited perspective. Adhering to the nebulous dictum of sustainability, the article asserts that the increasing public demand for human-grade ingredients in pet foods is wrong-minded environmentally and that cats and dogs should continue to b be fed animal byproducts. Millions of tons of diseased, dying and dead animals and condemned animal parts are recycled into pet foods and livestock and poultry feed, much of which is of questionable nutritive value and poses a significant health risk. But this is highly profitable to the main-stream pet food industry, a subsidiary of the now global agribusiness food industrial complex, which puts companion animals (as well as consumers) at risk when animals are used to recycle such human food industry byproducts.
How much more progressive and visionary for the WWF to address the rising human population and its insatiable demand for meat and other animal produce and promote vegetarianism; and rather than making responsible and informed pet owners feel guilty, advise biologically appropriate, healthful whole food ingredients for companion animals.
Dr. Michael W. Fox, author of Healing Animals & the Vision of One Health and co-author of Not Fit for a Dog: The Truth About Manufactured Cat and Dog Food.