- WHAT'S IN PET FOOD?
Truth About Cats and Dogs," (Ann Martin, article):
"The pet food industry -- a billion-dollar, unregulated
operation -- feeds on the garbage that otherwise would
wind up in landfills or be transformed into fertilizer.
The hidden ingredients in a can of commercial pet food
may include roadkill and the rendered remains of cats
and dogs. The pet food industry claims that its products
constitute a "complete and balanced diet" but,
in reality, commercial pet food is unfit for human
or animal consumption."
Really in Pet Food," (Animal Protection Institute):
"What most consumers don't know is that
the pet food industry is an extension of the human
food and agriculture industries. Pet food provides
a market for slaughterhouse offal, grains considered "unfit
for human consumption," and similar waste products
to be turned into profit. This waste includes intestines,
udders, esophagi, and possibly diseased and cancerous
animal parts." [excellent, detailed, good starting
- WHAT IS RENDERING?
Look Inside a Rendering Plant" (by GS): "Rendering
has been called "the silent industry." Each
year in the US, 286 rendering plants quietly dispose
of more than 12.5 million tons of dead animals, fat and
meat wastes. As the public relations watchdog newsletter
PR Watch observes, renderers "are thankful that
most people remain blissfully unaware of their existence."
not Fit for a Pet" (by Dr. Wendell O. Belfield): "Some
of these dead pets -- those euthanized by veterinarians
-- already contain pentobarbital before treatment
with the denaturing process. According to University
of Minnesota researchers, the sodium pentobarbital
used to euthanize pets "survives rendering without
undergoing degradation." [Short, but powerful article
by an expert]
cow outbreak may have been caused by animal rendering
plants" (NY Times News Service): "Renderers in the
United States pick up 100 million pounds of waste material
every day -- a witch's brew of feet, heads, stomachs,
intestines, hooves, spinal cords, tails, grease, feathers
and bones. Half of every butchered cow and a third of
every pig is not consumed by humans. An estimated six
million to seven million dogs and cats are killed in
animal shelters each year, said Jeff Frace, a spokesman
for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals in New York City."
the "Invisible Industry" Gets a Green Facelift"
(PR Watch): "In 1990, the 20th anniversary of Earth Day,
CMF&Z deployed a greenwashing theme to portray the
renderer as "socially responsible" and "dedicated
to environmental responsiveness."
Rendering Industry: Big Business in By-Products"
(by Kieran Mulvaney): "Processed cow fats are sometimes
used to make cookies and salty snacks taste rich
and to make lipsticks glide smoothly. Cow proteins
show up in shampoo. Collagen, extracted from the
inner layer of cattle hide, is used to balm wounds
and cosmetically puff up lips. Gelatin, refined from
cattle hide and bones, is found in such foods as
ice cream, gummy candies and marshmallows--as well
as the capsules encasing drugs."
Dead Pets, Bad Brains, and Free Speech Landed Me
in Amarillo" (by Van Smith): "We were at once aghast,
amused, and skeptical. "No, really, it's true," they
said blandly, sensing our doubts. "We pick up
dead pets from the SPCA and take them to the plant.
The plant cooks up the carcasses and other things
to make stuff that goes into pet food. Honest."
Food: Our Pets are Dying for It" (by
Sandra Brigola): "Every time a pet trustingly eats
another bowl of high sugar pet food, he is being brought
that much closer to diabetes, hypoglycemia, overweight,
nervousness, cataracts, allergy and death."
Pride and Pig Grease" (by Sandi Mitchell): "The great
majority of the product is sold for women's makeup,
especially to manufacturers of lipstick and eye makeup.
Some of the most prestigious cosmetic companies in
the country are the chief customers of rendering
Rendering" (from the UK BSE Inquiry Report)
Standard for Fats and Oils from Animal Sources"
Animal Protein Producers Industry" (website)
- "The NRA [National
Renders Association] is an American
Trade Association, whose business is to promote the
interests of it's members. Members of this association
are all in the business of rendering, i.e. transforming
waste from the meat industry into useable products
for animal feeds and technical use."
Rendering Statistics 1998-2002"
Magazine: The rendering industry processes or "recycles" animal
by-products such as animal fat, bone, hide, offal,
feathers, and blood into beneficial commodities including
tallow, grease, and protein meals."
file of US Renderers (location,
contact info, etc.)
CATS & DOGS
Vegan Pets?": "Previously, there was a mistaken belief
that dogs are predominantly carnivorous and cats
obligate carnivore, eating only meat and small amounts
of vegetables. However, my studies indicate that
companion animals can live a healthy and active life
on vegetarian or vegan food."
a Cat be Vegan?": "The best time to begin your cat
on a vegan diet is when he is a kitten, but older
cats can convert easily too. Make any changes to
your cats diet SLOWLY."
Cats Go Vegan": "This page has been
written by someone who has had many years experience
in helping (or trying to help) cats and kittens go vegan.
The one thing to cultivate is patience and a positive
attitude. Cats are very sensitive creatures who pick
up on negative moods and anger very quickly. There is
no evidence that cats have any problems digesting plant
proteins instead of animal ones if the transition is
made slowly and backed up by good nutrition and a source
of taurine." [good advice]
Pets": "With a little extra attention, most pets can
be vegetarians. Dogs are fairly easily converted
to vegetarianism, while
cats require taurine, an amino acid usually aquired from
animal sources. But, with the addition of taurine supplements
to the diet, cats too can be vegetarian." [useful links]
Cats FAQ" [useful summary, links, products]
Meals for Cats and Dogs": [marvelous fact sheet from
- COMMERCIAL SOURCES OF VEGAN PET FOOD/PRODUCTS