The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently wrote about pet food. Their post is off the mark, they clearly do not understand the ‘truth’ of what many pet foods are made from.
WWF’s post ‘What’s the Environmental Impact of Pet Food’ addresses the sustainability concerns of pet food. While responsibly sourced ingredients is important, WWF appears to ignore the concern of feeding pets waste.
Quotes of concern…
In recent years, the pet food aisles of grocery stores and specialty chains have seen an influx of brands made with so-called “human-grade” ingredients. But those high-end options could carry a high price for the environment—and they aren’t necessarily what Fido or Fluffy needs.
Pet foods made with byproducts are more sustainable than those made purely from human-grade ingredients; they use animal parts that might otherwise be dumped in landfills, where they could emit tons of carbon dioxide and methane.
Pet food carrying a “human-grade” label won’t necessarily give your pet the nourishment it needs. What really matters in pet food is not the grade of the ingredients, but the balance of nutrients it contains.
I disagree. What really matters in pet food IS the grade of ingredients and the balance of nutrients. Dead livestock – non-slaughtered animals are used in pet food and they should not be (per law and for health reasons). Dead livestock are full of dangerous bacteria, when that material is cooked – dangerous levels of endotoxins are released which can quickly sicken or kill a pet.
Yes, there are many parts of a healthy, slaughtered, USDA inspected and approved animal that are not used for human consumption and those materials are and should be used in pet food. But only those parts.
Our pets should not be living landfills for industry waste. Pets should not be consuming pet foods made with dead/diseased livestock. That is not a sustainability option.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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