Will Euthanized Animals End Up in Pet Food?

May 25th, 2020 at 9:21 am EDT
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Will Euthanized Livestock End Up in Pet Food?

Susan Thixton of 'The Truth About Pet Food' wrote an article about INCREASED number of farm animals being euthanized due to COVID-19, and HOW these animals may end up in Pet Food.

The Baltimore Sun states “Nearly 2 million chickens at farms in Maryland and Delaware will be destroyed instead of processed for meat, a result of coronavirus-related staffing shortages at processing plants.” USA Today reports “Iowa pork producers lost access to four major pork processing plants at least temporarily as workers became ill with COVID-19: Tyson plants in Columbus Junction and Perry, a Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a JBS plant in Worthington, Minnesota, both just across the Iowa border. Mike Naig, Iowa’s agriculture secretary, said producers are asking questions about how to dispose of pigs if they’re forced to euthanize them. They’re considering rendering, composting and burial.”

Most livestock farms work on a strict schedule. Animals live a scheduled time frame before slaughter. After slaughter, confinement barns are filled again with young animals that also live only as long as the scheduled time frame. When the slaughter of these animals stops – as in the current case of slaughter facilities shut down related to coronavirus problems – production of baby animals does not stop, creating a backlog problem for factory farms. Young animals need to be moved to confinement barns – but there is no space in the confinement barns due to slaughter facilities shutting down. This backlog has caused some livestock producers to euthanize animals in order to keep the factory farming system operating.

Opinion of factory farming aside, pet owners should be very concerned how the millions of livestock will be euthanized and where those animals will end up. Rendering is often considered as a disposal method for the worst livestock waste. As example, in 2018 when Hurricane Florence flooded North and South Carolina, millions of drowned livestock animals were rendered – ultimately ending up in pet food.

Even though it is a violation of federal law, the FDA openly allows “animals that have died other than by slaughter” to be processed into pet food with no warning or disclosure on the pet food label for the consumer. 

Will the FDA make the same exception to federal law (selective enforcement) and allow these euthanized livestock animals to become pet food ingredients?

Opinion: Probably so. And we’ll never be told which pet foods contain ingredients sourced from these euthanized livestock animals.

Pet owners deserve to know if a meat or meat meal is sourced from euthanized factory farmed animals, animals that died other than by slaughter, or USDA inspected and passed. 

We deserve to know what our pets are eating.

Pet owners can email FDA at: AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov

Veterinary Secrets Pet of the Week!
Amanda and Rudy, from Martina.

I have followed you for so many years. Love your natural ways to take care of our fur-babies (3 cats and one dog). I have your DVD for treating your pet at home.

This picture is of our Amanda adopted from the Calgary Humane Society when we were fostering cats and momma cats with kittens for the CHS. Amanda was diagnosed with Asthma and deemed unadoptable. 

Since the CHS at the time was a Low-kill rescue, she would have been euthanized. We adopted this sweet girl, bought an aero-cat inhaler to treat her asthma with Flow-vent. 

She does not need it anymore

She is a healthy girl who will be 10 years old in August. She is best buddies with Rudolf (Rudy) our rescued mini Schnauzer mix. Rudy is the sweetest boy who loves everyone. We are so blessed to have all four fur-babies. 

Thank you for your fortitude to expose the way most vets and the Veterinary Institutes sell their souls for money.

Thanks Martina :-)  
Dr Andrew
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Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. This article references what is happening in the United States, but likely this is happening all over the world where dog and cat food is made.

  • Feed your pets less kibble, commercial food. 
  • Make some of their food at home.
  • Consider RAW as a real, and healthier option

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DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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