Most of us view our pets as family members, yet we are innocently but mistakenly feeding our four-legged friends food that is toxic and life threatening.
The cats and dogs that share our homes look to us to provide them with a nutritional diet that will protect them against disease and illness. By continuing to purchase commercial pet food that doesn’t have our pet’s welfare in their best interest, we are not only fueling a destructive and deceitful industry, we are also putting our pets at risk.
The Dark Side of the Pet Food Industry
As reported in the 1996 Summer Issue Earth Island Journal v11, #3 pg 27-31:
“The rendering plant floor is piled high with raw product. Thousands of dead dogs and cats; head and hooves from cattle, sheep, pigs and horses; whole skunks; rats and raccoons – all waiting to be processed. In the 90-degree heat, the piles of dead animals seem to have a life of their own as millions of maggots swarm over the carcassess.”
“Rendering plants process decomposing animal carcasses, large roadkill and euthanized dogs and cats into a dry protein product that is sold in the pet food industry.”
Unfortunately, this is the stark reality of the pet food industry, and it gets a lot worse…
What “Meat Byproducts” Really Are
If you check the label on your pet food, more likely than not you will find the primary ingredients and protein sources listed as meat byproducts or some sort of meat meal. But what exactly is this? These byproducts are the leftover parts of the animal after the meat has been stripped away from the bone. Which in reality can range from heads, hooves, beaks, feet, entrails, spleens, bones, intestines, blood and other animal parts that are classed as not fit for human consumption.
The animals that these “byproducts” are sourced from include roadkill, zoo animals, 4D livestock (dead, dying, diseased and disabled) and possibly the most sickening of all, euthanized cats and dogs. That’s right, we are forcing our pets to be cannibals and there is nothing they can do about it, so long as we continue to feed them this stomach turning concoction.
Toxic Dangers Lurking in Your Pet’s Food
Along with all these dead, diseased and decomposed animals, a whole host of unwanted and toxic ingredients are also thrown into the soup. From antibiotics, hormones and other pharmaceuticals accompanying livestock to flea collars, ID tags, surgical pins and even plastics and pesticides, the horrors of what’s hiding in our pet’s food is unimaginable.
One of the most potentially life threatening chemicals that can survive the manufacturing process are those used to euthanize cats, dogs and zoo animals, meaning the poisons that are designed to kill pets such as sodium pentobarbital, are the same ones being fed to them by profit-driven pet food companies.
Now that you understand that pet food manufacturers will go to any length to fill their foods with the cheapest ingredients possible, you won’t be surprised to learn that they are also loaded with an assortment of other scary stuff. Cheap grain fillers, chemical preservatives and artificial additives are all commonly found on the ingredient list, and none of which offer any nutritional benefit to your pet.
Nutrition Related Diseases Affecting Your Pets
Today’s modern diet of our beloved cats and dogs is a far cry from that of their ancestors. As well as supporting an industry that carries out underhanded practices in the name of money, the food we feed our pets (if you can call it food) is crippling their health, leaving them to battle no end of diet-associated illness and health conditions.
Some of the most common health problems our pets are experiencing from poor diet include:
- Urinary tract disease
- Kidney disease
- Dental disease
- Heart disease
- Chronic digestive problems
Whether it is from a reaction to the additives, a lack of essential vitamins and nutrients, or as a result of contamination with bacteria, drugs, mold or other toxins, our pets are riddled with disease and the pet food industry is to blame.
What Can You Do About It?
The best thing you can do to keep your companion animals happy and healthy is to learn how to readily spot which companies are trying to pull the wool over your eyes, and reject their second rate products.
Read the labels and be vigilant in what you choose to feed your pets! If in doubt, then write or call your pet food company and express your concern.
Ingredients to avoid:
- Meat byproduct meal
- Poultry byproduct meal
- Fish meal
- Animal fat
- Propylene glycol
- High fructose corn syrup
- BHA and BHT
If you want to avoid commercial pet foods altogether, then why not have a go at preparing homemade pet food. It is a lot easier than you think and there are a whole host of resources available online to help get you started.
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