Both of these veterinary organizations have recently developed an official policy against raw meat pet foods.  But what about rendered diseased animal pet foods?  What about rendered euthanized animal pet foods?  How does the AVMA and AAHA feel about those types of pet foods?

Recently the two largest veterinary associations in the U.S. took a strong and controversial stance singling out one style of commercial pet food – raw meat pet food.  Both of these organizations developed an official policy recommending against the feeding of any raw meat pet food to dogs and cats – commercial raw pet food or home prepared raw pet food.  As well, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) announced their support of official veterinary policy against the feeding of raw meat pet foods.

Despite thousands and thousands of comments in favor or raw meat pet food, despite pleas from consumers, manufacturers, and veterinarians to open communication regarding the AVMA, AAHA, AAFP, and NASPHV policy…all of these organizations held firm.  These national veterinary organizations must have clearly felt this policy was in the best interest of animal and human health to ignore so many.  But here’s the puzzler…if they cared so much, were so worried about the health of animals and the health of humans, I wonder why none of these veterinary organizations have a policy against…

Rendered diseased animals or euthanized animals (including the lethal drug used to euthanize the animals) in pet food.

The AVMA, AAHA, AAFP and the NASPHV has no policy against pet foods that take advantage of federal food safety law loophole FDA Compliance Policy CPG Sec. 675.400 Rendered Animal Feed Ingredients.  This FDA Compliance Policy allows euthanized animals or animals that died in the field (and removed days later, ground and cooked) to become pet food ingredients.  Hmmm, does AVMA, AAHA, AAFP and the NASPHV not feel rendered euthanized animals are a risk to animal or human health?

No policy against…

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…downer or euthanized animals in pet foods.

The AVMA, AAHA, AAFP and the NASPHV has no policy against pet food made from diseased animals or diseased animal tissues.  Federal food safety law loophole FDA Compliance Policy CPG Sec. 690.300Canned Pet Food allows pet foods to include any diseased animal or any diseased animal part.  Since the AVMA, AAHA, AAFP and the NASPHV has no policy against these types of pet food ingredients, does this mean the veterinary organizations don’t feel diseased animal tissues are a risk to pets?

No policy against…

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…diseased animals or animal parts in pet foods.

The AVMA, AAHA, AAFP and the NASPHV has no policy against pet foods or other animal foods that are adulterated with drug or chemical residues either.  Federal food safety law loophole FDA Compliance Policy CPG Sec. 675.200 Diversion of Adulterated Food to Acceptable Animal Feed Use allows pesticide contaminated, industrial chemical contaminated, filth contaminated (and more) ingredients to be processed into all animal feeds.  Does the AVMA, AAHA, AAFP and the NASPHV really feel drug, chemical, or filth residues in pet food/animal foods is of no risk?

No policy against…

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…mold and filth contaminated ingredients in pet foods.

Strange isn’t it that back in 2002, the FDA/CVM published the report ‘Risk of Pentobarbital in Dog Food‘ linking pet food ingredients Meat and Bone Meal, Beef and Bone Meal, Animal Fat and Animal Digest toeuthanized animals in dog foods, but no veterinary organization stepped forward and developed a policy against pet food that include these ingredients.

And I just can’t understand how all of these veterinary organizations feel it is acceptable for livestock feeds to include recycled livestock manure.  Another federal food safety law loophole FDA CPG Sec. 685.100Recycled Animal Waste recycles livestock manure or poultry litter/manure into livestock/poultry diets…but the AVMA, AAHA, AAFP and the NASPHV says nothing about that.

Where are the AVMA and AAHA policies against euthanized animal pet food ingredients?  Where are the AVMA and AAHA policies against diseased animal pet food ingredients?  And where are the AVMA and AAHA policies against filth or chemical contaminated pet food ingredients or manure animal food ingredients?  Are your corporate partnerships or sponsors more important than animal health?

This is very simple.  Dear AVMA and AAHA, now it is time to ‘put your money where your mouth is.’  Quality nutrition is a basic foundation of good health.  If you truly care about the health of animals, you will promptly develop policies against rendered diseased animals in pet food, rendered euthanized animals in pet food, and filth or chemical contamination in pet food.

Now, because you’ve entered the pet food arena, it is time that your organizations send representatives to AAFCO meetings.  If you truly care about animal health, your organizations will speak against rendered waste ingredients to AAFCO and FDA.

You no longer can sit back and ignore what is really going on in pet food and animal food.  You are ‘out there’ now.  Now it is time to see just how serious the AVMA and AAHA really is about animal health.  So what’s it going to be?  Are you going to work for your corporate sponsors or are you going to work for animal health?  We’re waiting to see what matters more to your organizations.