Sometimes when we speak to people about our cause, our mission, our business, a kitchen for healthy fed dogs, well, we’re not always understood. That is okay with us, our real goal here is to educate ourselves on what is in the food we’re eating, and what is in our dogs as well. We’re trying to make it as simple as possible to feed your pup meals that are not as described below. We recommend to avoid all commercial dog food. We’re covering one thing today, the ingredients labeled “meat byproducts” on commercial dog food labels. Let’s hear from experts…
In my opinion, feeding slaughterhouse wastes to animals increases their chances of getting cancer and other degenerative diseases.
First used as a rubber stabilizer, EQ is the most powerful of all preservatives and may be the most toxic. Originally, it was permitted in livestock food. So since pet food is considered animal feed, the use of EQ is also permitted in pet food.
Cattle—dead, diseased, dying and disabled (4-D)—can legally be rendered and used in pet foods in the United States and in Canada.
Most veterinarians acquire their only knowledge on pet nutrition in elective classes in veterinary school. These classes may only last a few weeks and are often taught by representatives from pet food companies. Hill’s, lams, and Purina are the largest contributors for these courses.
Under AAFCO guidelines, acceptable meat by-product can include animal lungs, spleens, kidneys, brains, livers, blood, bones, low-temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. Livers can be infested with worms (liver flukes) or diseased with cirrhosis. Lungs can be filled with pneumonia. If an animal is diseased and declared unfit for human consumption, the carcass is acceptable for pet food. Even parts of animals, such as “stick marks,”—the area of the body where animals have been injected with antibiotics, hormones, or other drugs—are cut from the carcasses intended for human consumption and used for meat by-product for pet food.
A Canadian company, Sanimal Inc., was putting 40,000 pounds of dead dogs and dead cats into its dog and cat food every week, until discontinuing the practice in June 2001. “This food is healthy and good,” said the company’s vice president of procurement, responding to critics, “but some people don’t like to see meat meal that contains any pets.”