Processed pet foods: The real truth behind the labels.

The pet food that promises your pet a luxurious coat and a good health may be telling lies.

They endorse that the fats, grains and meats used in these are of the best quality and that whole grains, quality fats, lamb, beef and chicken, which constitute these food items are taken from hygienic sources.

However, all these claims can be challenged.

The pet food that we buy with so many expectations is many times all made up of garbage. Let’s have a look at what lies beneath the false claims of these companies.

When you go out to buy a pet food, we are sure you take a glance at the labels. However, do not be fully assured about the fact that what labels show is exactly what the food is having. The full story is untold. Consumers are exploited and deceived by the charming advertisements and promises of such companies.

You will be shocked to find that the food components of these pet foods are many times other animals.

Dead animals, which cannot be buried, are taken up by dead stock operations to serve as the meat base. These dead animals can include those who have died because of some killing or illness. Even zoo animals are sometimes used for meat processing.

The dead stock operators, after picking them up, carry them to the receiving plant where they are either used for meat processing or sent to a rendering plant, depending on their decomposition. The usable meat is removed from the carcass and covered in charcoal to prevent it from human consumption. After the meat is ready, it is frozen, marked
as ‘unfit for human consumption’ and sold as pet food.

Now it comes to the rendering process. In the rendering machine whatever garbage and waste material you can think of is rendered. Poor quality products like fat and viscera, carcass, contaminated material from slaughterhouses, restaurant garbage and grease, meets and goods (past expiration dates) all are rendered here. And the list doesn’t stop here. To make the matters worse, contaminated blood, cancerous tissue, tumors, worm infested organs from slaughter house animals are rendered too.

After slaughtering the animals, their skin, toenails, tarsal and carpel joints, bowels, stomach, mammary glands, heads and feet are removed and further sent for rendering. Even if the carcass contains high level of pesticides or drugs, the rendering machine engulfs it and melts it for your pet to eat.

The Association of American Feed Control or AAFCO officials explain meat meal as a product which is rendered from mammal tissue that should not contain hoof, rum en, hair, stomach, trimmings, blood, hide and manure contents except in amounts which cannot be avoided in good processing practices’. But none of the companies neither have enough goodwill nor and interest to remove these parts from 600,000 tons of animals before cooking them. What these companies do is they dump dead animals in huge containers which slowly grind them. After which they are cooked between 220 degrees to 270 degrees F for around an hour.

When the grease rises to the top, it is removed. While the tallow/ grease form the fat in pet food, the remaining material (after de-moisturizing) is sold as bone and meat meal. And the story does not end here.

The list of trash things included is far longer than the usable one. So, the next time you go and pick up that wonderful pet food, remain assured that the product promising you ‘real meat’ comes exclusively laden with dead stock removal operations and slaughterhouse industry which consists almost everything an animal can be made of. Contaminated or not, these pet foods come in shiny cans guarantying the best for our pets. Who knows after eating this, your pet might become an ingredient of the next pet food can you see on the supermarket shelf.

About the author:

Alia Haley is a writer and blogger who is an ardent follower of environment friendly living. She loves animals and prefers only organic pet food for her German shepherd.

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6 Responses to “Processed pet foods: The real truth behind the labels.”

  1. Vera says:

    This is a shocking revelation, indeed. To think that regulations allow animal food processors to use dead carcass meat is somewhat surprising, but it goes to show that what is not regulated (and probably can’t be in terms of feasibility) is the quality of life or cause of death of the carcasses being processed. Suddenly, I’m beginning to see how my pet can be far better off eating the same foods I prepare. I think a video would drive this message home to the heart of pet lovers and it would go viral and help spread this message on a massive scale. It is worth the effort to get one made; Our pets are worth it.

  2. Brent Elgert says:

    Merely wanna remark on few general things, The website style and design is perfect, the subject material is real good : D.

  3. US Movers says:

    I started on an all organic diet about a year ago and I have to say that I couldn’t feel better! There really is a lot of crap in today’s processed food. It’s even in things that you would have least expected it from. Sadly, this is what many people have to eat, but they should try to follow your advice as much as they possibly can depending on their budget. Keep in mind too that healthy food tends to fill you up faster and keep you full rather than the sugary and processed foods that you eat, so in reality healthy eating can save money too.

  4. Rory says:

    Pretty gross. I remember reading about someone who was quite poor and actually ate dog food to save money! I wonder if they would have eaten it if they had read this first. I don’t think saving money should come at the cost of one’s health, whether it’s a human or animal.

  5. Alia – All I can say is “Oh My God!” I got sick to my stomach reading about what I’ve been feeding my dogs all these years. I had no idea. Acouple of questions – Is simply making sure that the pet food is organic enough to ensure that I’m providing my dogs with a healthy diet? Do you have a particular brand that you’d recommend?

    Thanks in advance,


  6. When I was a young child, I loved going to the grocery store with my Mom. We always spent some time together in the cereal aisle where Mom allowed me to pick out my favorite one. Back then, there were only a handful of choices, but we by no means thought we were deprived of variety. There was Cheerios, Wheaties, Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Oatmeal, and if you really wanted to break away from the norm, there were Chex cereals. With these limited choices, I still had difficulty making one.

    Today there are ten different types of Cheerios, several different Wheaties choices, Corn Flakes with all different types of fruit additives and flavorings, low-sugar brands, high-sugar treats, all-natural or organic brands, high-fiber, double-fiber, and a box of oatmeal with 15 different flavors in it. Now you have a myriad of choices and have more difficulty making a decision. So you make not just one choice, but several. You look in your cupboard at home and see a half a dozen or more boxes of cereal. Some even went stale while you were buying more. What happened?

    We want our decisions to be meaningful and to make us happy. But they can also define our happiness and limit the future choices we are able to make. This is the dilemma of decision making. Is it better to listen to as much input as possible and make a decision? Or, to make a decision when we haven’t heard “all the facts? Please help us with this stumbling block of Personal Development in our lives… continue

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