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PETA’s Letter to Iams Re. Massive Recall

Written by PETA | March 20, 2007

The massive Iams pet food recall has been all over the news lately, and I’ve been hearing a lot about it from people who are concerned about their own animals. Anyway, I thought you’d like to see the letter we sent to Iams about it all. You can click here to read it, and I’ll let you know if we get any more news. In the meantime, just in case there’s any confusion about this: Please don’t buy Iams until they get their act together and stop testing on animals.

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  • Cindy Suh says:

    Hello All! I don’t think IAMS will ever change their method. They are owned by proctor and gamble the king of cruel animal testing. They animal test their products from shampoos to your tooth paste. They own tide pantene and much more. For me I make I buy from companies who prides crueltyfree dog food and also human stuff. Natural balance newmans and Halo never tests on animals. I wouldn’t wait for Iams to stop testing to buy their product I’d rather buy from a company who’s philosphy is crueltyfree from the start.

  • Tyla Francois says:

    I think this is an appalling situation that immediately needs to be stopped!!Testing on animals is cruel and extremly wrong!!If anything the food stores should do is at least take this horrible product of their shelves!!!!I am 10 years old and it makes me very sad to hear what they are doing!!

  • Lin says:

    I was appalled to learn of the Menu FoodsIams animal testing especially given the fact that they knew animals had already suffered and died after eating the food. What justification could they possibly offer for committing this heinous act of cruelty? All they had to do was run analyses of the product itself. I have used Iams foods for years but will never buy another product from them. My current pet family totals seven. My daugher has three dogs and my mother has one dog and two cats. Iams has lost our patronage for a total of thirteen animals plus all future family additions. I hope the companies involved are required to pay dearly for the dishonest and vicious way they responded to this crises.

  • Gerry Ardigliano says:

    James Peden’s vegepet is the way to go everything is measured. If you had a son or daughter just born would you give a bagged or canned food for life exclusively if recommended? This is another example of the “holocaust” on animals. Science has not advanced beyond “fresh is best” when feeding dogs and cats. My animals thrived!! There was no such thing as that”dog smell” people refer to. I got into the habit of quickly smelling my hand after petting a new dog at the park and that smell always was an indicator of meatbased digest sprayed dog food. I’d like Peta to emphasize this MORE.

  • Glenda Ferrante says:

    You think that you buy the best dog food on the market to keep your pets healthy. I can’t believe this could happen. We lost our healthy 7 year old puppy and it sickens me to think that it could have been prevented. We fed her the Iams dry dog food. If the dry dog food is tainted WHY AREN’T THEY PULLING IT OFF THE SHELVES? They are pulling the wet and moist dog food but animals are still getting sick. Please Check into This matter. I am very saddened that we had to loose our little Angel unnecessarily as she was a very important member of our family and it could have been prevented. The Dry Iams dog food needs to be investigated before people even consider buying this product. Prevent precious little members of your family from getting deathly sick or from dying prematurely and unnecessarily.

  • Kristen says:

    I have heard of Iams testing on animals a few years ago from one of my PETA mags. Even if they SAY they’ll stop testing on animals I will never buy their products ever again. Especially since I saw one of the videos on the testing that is done to dogs.

  • Maya says:

    Sorry I have to add something Gerry my apologies I should have noticed that you’re not new to homemade food obviously if you’ve done it for 15 years. But for anyone who is new to it or tries to make their cat a vegetarian without the help of a vet it can lead to heart failure blindness and other terrible things if not done absolutely right. Just a concern of mine.

  • Maya says:

    Alexandra thank you for responding to my question. Your post gave me some good things to think about. I should mention that as a vet tech I get quick responses when I email pet food places because they know I can recommend their food to hundreds of people. When Wellness emailed me they also mentioned that they have a human food auditing company do quality inspections for their food. I do feel loathe to switch brands because I have seen my rescued strays most AIDS and leukemia positive thrive on Wellness. Gerry I know where you’re coming from but scientifically “commercial” food has given dogs and cats the opportunity to live longer and longer lives. In vet practice I now see cats live well into their twenties. Yes homemade food is great but how do you know how much thiamine your cat is getting? Do you know that fish has thiaminase and can cause hyperthyorid disease in cats? How do you measure the amount of taurine that your dog gets? I can’t imagine this is easy or practical for the average pet owner. Please work with a professional like a vet or a biologist if you are going to switch your pets’ food. Thanks! Any more input on the Wellness situation is greatly appreciated.

  • Gerry Ardigliano says:

    People should never feed their dogs and cats ANY commercial food at all. I figured this out 15 years ago.

  • Shae says:

    Unbelieveable!!! Absolutely unbelievable!! We trust our pets to a large corporation like Iams and to find out they tested the “perhaps” tainted food on other dogs and cats to “see” if they got sick or died made me almost vomit! What the hell are they thinking? Are these supposedely just animals that are from the local pound so they don’t matter? What horrible decision makers and compassionate human beings NOT !!!!! Iams will be pulled from all my friends and family shelves as they have stated themselves after reading that article. Our pets are “gifts” to us to cherish and take care of. They would die for us and this is the thanks they get. IAMS NEVER AGAIN !!!!

  • Stacy P says:

    Let’s all remember that Menu Foods supplies many more brand names than just Iams 51 brands were recalled. I found out that the food I buy at Trader Joe’s is also supplied by Menu Foods although the wet food I bought there is apparently not subject to the recall at this time. So by shopping at what I think of as a natural foods store I was passively supporting the cruel tests that have been going all all this time at Menu Foods. Buyer beware!!!

  • Alexandra Caswell says:

    Menu Foods processes Old Mother HubbardWellness Nature’s Variety and Castor Pollux wet food. Although OMH has replied to my email stating their food does not contain wheat gluten and therefore is safe I believe that the chance of cross contamination is too risky. I’m going back to homemade.

  • Krista Reimer says:

    ANIMALS ARE BEING FED WITH THIS FOOD BY THE COMPANY TO TRY TO FIND OUT THE SOURCE!!! Click on my name to read the article. “Menu Foods told the FDA it received the first complaints of kidney failure and deaths among cats and dogs from pet owners on Feb. 20. It began tests on Feb. 27. During those tests the company fed its product to 40 to 50 dogs and cats and seven animals the mix of species was not immediately known died”

  • Debbie says:

    We need to do something more drastic. Menu Foods murdered beloved dogs and cats and anyone who would buy food from them for their beloved pets needs to have their head examined. We need to write to each dog food company and we need to buycot all Menu foods products. I am so horrified over this I cant just let it go! I started a mailing list to gather people who want to get the word out and maybe write letters to the dog food companies who use Menu Foods so they will not use this company any more and that they MUST know that we will not buy from them if they do test on animals. We keep them going with our money we have strength especially right now while they are taking a breating from the recall and lawsuits. I have no pity for them at all. Also no 1 company should have so much control over so many dog foods for reasons like this what we are going through now.

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  • Maya says:

    I have a question should I stop using Wellness Old Mother Hubbard food? The kind I use is free of wheat and corn but they use Menu foods for canning. I spoke to them about this and they are very kind but I don’t like that Menu foods may have lied and use pets for tests. Should I switch just because they use Menu foods sometimes? My cats are very very healthy on Wellness so I hate to do it. Thanks

  • Sabrina says:

    I think this is sad. I have to say that those stupid people who tested on those harmless animals should be hurt. Im never buying IAMS…stupid people. Rawr. btw thats a cute doggie

  • Laura Marchant says:

    My cat is 4 years old has Grown up on Iams.. But never ever again will i buy it NEVER. I have also posted that in the pet lovers forum that i belong to.

  • Laura says:

    I have never used Iams or Eukanuba or Science Diet because the quality of the food they make is not that great. When I learned they also test on animals I vowed to never use them no matter what. I was however using Nutro in addition to other brands and I am horrified to know that they buy from a company Menu Foods that DOES ANIMAL TESTING! I am sickened. I will stick to the fantastic companies on your “animalfriendly” list like PetGuard Wysong and the dozens of others. The slightly higher cost is worth it.

  • Jess says:

    That guy looks like he has really strong hands.

  • Kathy Hayes says:

    I am so upset by all this. We must remember it’s not only Iams who did this. Any company who contracted Menu foods to make any of their food should not be purchased by any careing owner. Menu foods knew about this problem for a month before they told us and tested on poor inocent animals to see if it would kill them after they had been informed it allready had That is just cruel and inhumaine. We who love our pets need to presure everyone in any position to change laws about making pet foods to get the laws changed. In my mind if the companys name is on the food they need to be the one producing it and need to be accountable for it’s contents as well as answer for testing on animals. That needs to be controled and never in a way that will cause pain suffering or death to them. Testing is only to see if the animals like the food as far as I am concerned. Please don’t buy any food made by any company on the list no matter if they say its not efected. This is the only way we can make these big companys listen to us. Hit them in their wallet where their heart is. Posted for the love of my guide dog Ollie who i am blessed to say is with me and healthy thakfully. Kathy Hayes

  • Brittany says:

    i am glad that PETA takes action and stands up for animals. it is our job given by our creator to defend those that cant defend themselves. thank you for all you have done and will do! p.s. i NEVER buy IAMs

  • Maya says:

    I hope PETA winds up regretting the time they spent in that letter because I ASSUME that Iams can’t possibly stay in business now! Please please please read this article httpwww.api4animals.orgfacts.php?p359more1 It will help you as pet owners. Bottom lines cheap pet food may not be properly inspected and may use grains like corn and wheat that have been shown to be occasionally contaminated. Plus corn and wheat are COMPLETELY devoid of nutritional value in pet food! QUESTION Does Wellness Old Mother Hubbard use Menu Foods to manufacture their food? I’d love to know. thanks guys! this is a great community.

  • Michele says:

    People definitely have to send a message to Iams that they will not tolerate any further animal cruelty by “voting” with their wallets this does not just mean no longer using Iams or Eukanuba dogcat foods but also boycotting all Procter Gamble products they have hundreds of products!. This company not only continues to support testing on animals for its Iams pet foods but it also does animal testing on other products. Tell everyone you know to switch to crueltyfree companies. Some good ones are “method” which has laundry soap dish soaps and liquid hand soaps. Also “Seventh Generation” has cleaning products and paper products as well. There are plenty of beauty care products that are completely cruelty free as well just check with PETA or go to Pangea’s web site This is the only way that PG will get the message to finally stop abusing and killing animals.

  • Suzanne says:

    I just cry when I read more and more… I am ashamed to say that as a lifetime pet owner I never “really” investigated what I fed my best friends. I supported good marketing… No more! Both of my rescue dogs ate IAMS wet and dry food as did my 2 cats luckily I hadn’t fed the cats wet food in several weeks but my dogs got sick I am hopeful that they are getting better and it seems so. Shadow has an appointment tomorrow to do a blood test she hasnt had IAMS in a week. Mia spent 3 days in an emergency hospital last week and Gizmo by best friends cat is at home but with an IV and is recovering from kidney failure. Other friends were not as lucky as they put 2 cats to sleep a week before the recall. Even a local radio celebrity mentioned on his morning show that his cat couldnt even lift his head to drink he had become that sick. TODAY I went on PETAs site and read more and found out about the animal testing and to say I was appalled is an understatement. Im not a fanatic but some things are just wrong no living creature should ever suffer if it can be helped. I will never buy IAMS again or support events that they sponsor. I purchased Natural Balance today I read about it on PETAs website it wasnt much more expensive than IAMS and I bought food for my friends cats to in order to urge him not to buy from IAMS or any company that Menu Foods produces for. Gizmo was pretty out of it when I got there Usually he is truly the definition of Garfield he wasnt really eating the vet food either. When I opened the dry and wet food for him from Natural Balance he quickly became interested and sluggishly went to the food. After eating about 18 of a cup of each in just a few minutes his eyes were bright he was walking around and he started to clean himself for the first time in 2 weeks. Thanks for the reference PETA. My best friend and I both intend to pursue legal action on this I have never filed a serious complaint or even a law suit since I can usually see both sides of a conflict but this time it was something that I cant see any excuse. I am obligated to speak for Shadow Mia and Gizmo. I hope this does put them out of business though they will not suffer as these innocent companions have or as I have tortured myself for urging and tricking my dogs to eat when they knew it was bad but I didnt. I will listen to by girls in the future. Thank you for staying on top of this and please keep us posted to any updates on this story. I have written many emails to try and keep this in the news and to educate anyone who will listen to what I say. I wonder how much attention this would have had if it was baby food? To some of us these are our children. Best Regards

  • Moe says:

    It’s not just Iams it’s a LOT of different brand names. This word NEEDS to get out this should have been out months ago when they first found issues with the food in January. We had to put down our healthy 18 year old Border Collie due to liver and kidney failure from eating tainted soft food just two weeks ago. This industry needs to pay for this and pay dearly. Here’s hoping for a HUGE settlement I know it won’t happen but it’s nice to hope and it all goes to nokill shelters across the country. Money can’t bring our beloved pets back but some good could come of this if we can make them pay out to nokill shelters to save other dogs lives.

  • SB says:

    My friends and I have been sending letters to Iams for years about their testing on animals and have always got a letter back saying basically they don’t any more and the ones they did were out sourced and implying they didn’t really know what was going on. I stopped feeding my 5 dogs their food years ago but have also heard that Hills food is tested on animals as well or their parent company tests on animals can anyone confirm this. It’s hard to find out all the facts about the food you feed your pets.

  • Valerie Harrington says:

    I cannot believe what I’m reading. A dog food company that prides itself on good nutrition for dogs and cats only to subject homeless animals to inhumane acts. I will never and I mean NEVER by another product from this company. I also will help spread the word about how awful this companies experiments are. V. Harrington RN

  • Caitlin says:

    Thank you for allowing us to see the letter that was sent to IAMS. I sincerely hope that they will change their ways because my family will no longer be supporting the IAMS company!

  • Deana says:

    I was just appalled when I heard that they tested the tainted food on other animals to see if they would die too….those poor animals didn’t have a chance. It’s just’s plain wrong.

  • sally says:

    who’s the cute guy in the photo?

  • kelly says:

    Suggest that people post links to pet lover boards forums news boards everywhere I wanted to add that Menu Foods first heard about the pet deaths on Feb 20. They started “testing” on Feb 27 How? By feeding their poison food to dogs and cats and LETTING THEM DIE

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  • Linda says:

    You have my support. I will not buy IAMS until they stop testing on animals. Terrible to put these pets should be loved and cared forthrough so much misery.