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It’s a Dog-Eat-Horse World

Written by PETA | December 29, 2008

We all know about the horrific treatment of animals killed for human consumption, but a lot of us dog guardians haven’t stopped to think about what we’re feeding Fido for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Recently, a University of Florida student investigated Moses Dog Food company (based in Ocala, Florida) to find out what’s in your dog’s bowl. Check out the video below to see what the student discovered:



The majority of dog and cat food comes from factory farm–raised animals who failed to meet standards for human consumption, falling into one of the “Four D’s” categories—dead, dying, diseased, or disabled. Does that sound like something you’d want to feed your dog?

Luckily, there are plenty of humane non-animal alternatives available, such as the legendary V-Dog vegan dog food available on our Web site. We’ve also got vegan pig ears and treats for you to stock up on—so get shopping!

For the rest of the investigator’s photos and contact information for the company so that you can voice your concerns, please visit “The Meat They Eat.”

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • streamfinder says:

    “Four D categoriesdead dying diseased or disabled.” This is a routine diet for the iCanisi genera in its natural habitat. Why would you not wan’t to feed your dog its natural diet?

  • Christina says:

    I can’t view this because it says it was removed for violation of terms does anyone have another link?

  • Joanna says:

    Well I am sure you would ask anyone prone to torturing their animals to get rid of them or have the animals removed by law enforcement. I think making a cat eat corn and soy is slow kill torture…so yes…please get rid of your cat if that’s what your going to feed it. Give the cat a chance at a home that will feed it some meat. Sure I said it poorly…how about…rehome your sweet kitty with somebody able to feed it properly…is that better. That’s all I meant. I am torn with my own animals becuase I do not want to support factory farms or the importation of animal products from China when I buy pet food. As a result I have to work very hard to find affordable options that meet my values. For example I cannot buy any dog or cat treat at a standard pet store. They just do not sell any food that to me is acceptable. I beleive there are many people who have gone through the transition to veganism and maybe just cannot morally buy things like cat food. These people really would be happier with a naturally vegan pet. And yes there are lots of unhomed cats but there are also many unhomed vegan pets. I was talking to a young friend who is a vegan and raw foods person. Very healthy person too. Anyway he said some of his friends practice ‘freeganism’. This was a new idea to me but maybe helpful to strict vegans. He said freeganism was where you only use animal products if you can get them for free. That way you are not creating additional demand for animnal products and maybe even eliminating waste of animal products. Perhaps a strict vegan with a cat can find a source of free cat food or meat and at least live by their values without messing with the cat’s diet.

  • vegancoin says:

    dogs can clearly be fed a vegetarian diet with little or no problems cats are an unknown quantity. There is vegan cat food vegancats and evolution come to mind and it is true that cats do need a dietary source of taurine. there are no enzymes that a cat needs from meat that is a bunch of ridiculous voodoo hoodoo but due to urinary tract problems the food must be acidic and within a certian pH range. Cats do have this option.

  • Jan Schultz says:

    My hat is off to this young man. This is what is needed to bring about change. In California an expose was fiomed showing diary cattle being pushed around with forklifts when they were too sick to move. This eye opener raised the conscientiousness of the general population and Prop. 2 was passed. Protesting leaflet distribution work to some degree but what is needed more than anything is proof. If you see industrial cruelty film it and expose it. What is needed now is to trace where those animals came from. Thank you again.

  • Zoie says:

    Joanna”Get rid of your Cat” How about you get rid of your mother or sister? I utterly agree with Phyllis. Do you really consider getting rid of a cat because they cant eat vegan? If so why dont you just take a shot gun to that cats head and kill it! That comment was so ignorant I dont consider you any better than the people we are trying to stop.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but this is a rendering plant not a slaughter house? When we had to put our one filly down she had contracted tendons and despite several thousand dollar surgeries to help her she had gotten to the point where she was no longer comfortable we brought her to a rendering plant. It was our hope that her earthly body could help other animals. Definitely creepy but all the animals they were dealing with arrived dead unlike a slaughter house.

  • Amanda says:

    Roxanne Unfortunately kitties cannot be vegans. They are true carnivores and as such require taurine in order to maintain their eyesight. Taurine is an amino acid that is only available from animal sources. If you read labels carefully you will notice that this nonvegan ingredient is present in things like Red Bull though…yuck! To the idiot who suggested that Roxanne should get rid of her cat to adopt a bird you need to consider your values. Do you really believe in veganism because it is right for animals? If so how could you ever make such an awful request?

  • Phyllis says:

    Joanna “Get rid of the cat”? Just how do you propose she “get rid of” her family member? Throw her out to fend for herself? Abandon her in a shelter where she’ll suffer in the stressful enviroment until she is killed? Or maybe find that mythical farm that always needs a barn cat…? YOU need to get a clue! Ethical people do NOT “get rid of” their family members even if they do belong to a species that needs to eat differently than you do. More cats are abandoned and killed in animal shelters than any other animal. To suggest that someone add to this misery is completely out of place on a PETA blog and makes me mad as hell!

  • Joanna says:

    I agree with Jenn. I have been trying to get my dogs on as healthy a diet as I can with the help of a holistic vet. It is a long ways from being vegan and in fact has none of the grain and soy based ingredients found in Vdog. It is largely a vegetable diet with lots of squash greens and a small amount of friut and then there is meat in it. No grain. After dealing with pancreatitis in my dog and solving all those complications by going grain free I am not sure I would jump on the vegan dog food program if it used grains and soy eventhough I would love to eliminate the use of farmed animals for pet food. I also think it maybe that certain breeds of dogs need different diets. It’s possible that some breeds tolerate and thrive on a vegan grain based diet and others are not able too. Dogs are so diverse in their makeup that it does not seem likely that they all do well on the same food. roxanne there is an over abundance of pet rabbits in my area available for adoption and they make perfect veggie loving pets. My sister has one that found her when it was out lost. I just think they are under rated as pets but they are cetainly happy on a vegan diet. My sister’s bunny is trained to come when called and uses a litter box. They are as domesticated as a cat and her bunny wanted a home not to be out where predators could get it.

  • Jenn says:

    Does Moses Dog Food supply pet food manufacturers? Or is this a supplier to zoos or those doing raw feeding? Where the horses exracehorses Ocala is home to many thoroughbred breeding operations? If so then those who find this objectionable should continue to put pressure on the TB industry to reform how about breeding way less for starters? I’d like to know. I decided a year ago to become vegan myself but have been ambivalent about feeding my dogs a vegan diet. So I’ve alternated between vegan dog foods and non. I’ve always wished Vdog as an example would be give more info define “10 generations” in terms of actual ages reached and their evidence of “thrive” are the same claims every dog food company makes of their products. How about letting us know if V fed dogs generally DON’T die of cancer or any of the number of diseases plaguing our companions right now? So I’d like to see the animal rights spectrum get serious about proving alternatives to meatbased diets. We need verifiable humanely collected data that these veg diets are good for dogs through a long lifespan. Testimonials are nice but are not enough for me to go on when trying to decide what’s best for my companions. Almost any decent dog food will give a shiny coat how about one that radically lessens their chances of terminal cancer? Cos frankly I’m tired of animalbased and vegbased kibble companies telling me my dogs will have nice breath and shiny coats even as they suffer with terminal cancers andor organ disfunction. Since I don’t have any kitty buds I can’t comment vegan cats. Thanks for the writing space. Happy New Year and let’s all keep working on the animal’s behalf.

  • rachel says:

    people can be vegan dogs can be vegetarian but CATS EAT MEAT. do NOT force a cat to be veg PLEASE. every single part of a cat is primed to make the cat a meat eater. forcing a cat to be veg means you will get a very sick cat. make your own choices about life but dont force those on your cat.

  • bizjackd says:

    oh my God! What is wrong with our world..God help us! Love a teacher in Marion Co.

  • deb says:

    Why would you make an animal like a cat become a vegan?

  • Rex's mom says:

    This is to Roxanne who said she wants her cats to be vegans. I am not a vet but I know that cats cannot ever be vegans. They need meat. I saw and episode of Animal Precinct on Animal Planet where a woman was feeding her cats a nonmeat diet and they were going blind because of their poor diet and lack of meat. The vets on that show did say that cats do need meat to maintain a healthy life. Cats do need meat but I think dogs can be vegetarians.

  • Joanna says:

    roxanne your cat naturally eats meat. If left unfed and outside it will kill song birds mice anything that moves. Why would you subject it to an unnatural vegan diet? If you want to be a real vegan get rid of the cat and adopt a vegetarian pet. Mickaboo a bird rehoming rescue has many lovely adoptable birds that do not eat meat and need homes.

  • Liz says:

    please dont make you cat go vegan!! Unlike people and dogs cats are true carnivores and there are enzymes in meat that they need. I know it is not ideal but your cat needs it.

  • Kelley says:

    SorryI meant for my comment to go to Roxanne!!!

  • Kelley says:

    JoannaStop before you try this diet on your cats!!! Cats are designed by nature to be carnivores. They will go blind if fed a vegan diet. Their retinas lose the ability to function and dissolve. This blindness is permanent and cannot be corrected. It is possible to feed a cat a vegan diet but you must work very closely with your vet and you must feed your cats nutritional supplements and have them monitored rigorously. A dog can thrive on either veggies or meat or both. Cats just don’t have this option. A vegan diet for cats is just a disaster waiting to happen.

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  • roxanne says:

    Joanna there are so many homeless dogs and I think rabbits prefer to be free than in apartments.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    I would love if cats could be vegan but I’ve always understood as obligate carnivores that they couldn’t thrive on a vegan diet somebody please correct me if I’m wrong. I’ve heard dogs can be very healthy on a wellplanned veg diet though.

  • roxanne says:

    thanks for this link i am a vegan for over 8 months. been a vegetarian for over 10 years but now I want my cats to go vegan as well.

  • Joanna says:

    The best alternative to feeding dogs meat is to get a vegetarian pet. This reduces impacts on the environment and reduces the number of animals consummed. House rabbits are wonderful alternatives to cats and dogs and many are availble for adoption from shelters.