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Ensuring the Safety of Your Animal Companion’s Food

Although the FDA and the pet-food industry have issued repeated assurances that the pet food currently on store shelves is safe, the massive pet-food recall has expanded several times since it began in late March 2007. The recall included not only products containing contaminated wheat gluten but also products containing contaminated rice protein and contaminated corn gluten.

The government and pet-food industry failures that PETA has documented throughout the pet-food recall reflect the FDA’s decision to hand pet-food regulation to a nongovernmental body with no enforcement powers. This fiasco is a disturbing example of the government’s inability to protect consumers from tainted animal flesh.

For years, PETA has warned people of the risks associated with commercial pet food. The cheap pet foods that are sold in supermarkets are often made from dead, dying, diseased, or disabled animals who were deemed unsafe for human consumption. In all but a few states, it is legal to remove unusable parts from chickens and sell them to pet-food manufacturers.

Most pet foods contain the same hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics that are found in commercial meat products from factory farms.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Entire Family

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  • hj marsh says:

    i would also like to know if they test their food an any animals? replies are greatly appreciated.

  • Genevieve Hannon says:

    You bet they do. They “have to” since they are selling a prescription diet for cats and dogs. Not only that, but the quality of the meat used is deplorable. It’s a very poor quality food. Vets are schooled very little in nutrition, which I realize is sad and shocking. It’s just not covered well in vet school. Since the 19080s, the pet food industry created these Rx diets to combat the increasing diseases they were seeing in companion animals, which are largely exacerbated or helped by diet. It’s quite possible that the poor quality pet food industry food prior to that period was causing the uprise in diseases. How ironic, huh? Anyhow, the Rx diets out there right now are poor quality foods and vets should know better than to prescribe them. The Hill’s diet your kitty may be on is likely maintaining a particular pH level in her UT, which is good, and they largely work, but sometimes they don’t. And the long term deficit of proper nutrition from this poor diet may be killing her in a different way. I have switched one of my kitties who had urinary blockage 3 times (1st on high quality commercial dry food, 2nd on high quality commercial wet food and 3rd on Hill’s canned wet) to a raw diet from primal and he is thriving. Check with a holistic vet or at least integrative vet and see if you can transition her off Hill’s and onto something with a higher quality protein source and no filler junk, like corn that Hill’s loves to include to cut their costs.

  • Jessica says:

    My cat has crystals in her urine and has been prescribed Hill’s Science Diet. I can’t find any information abount Hill’s on your website. Could you tell me if Hill’s test their pet food on animals?