Pet Food Class Action Lawsuit



Dateline 5/21/07 :

A prominent Florida law firm has filed a Class Action Lawsuit against the

$16 billion dollar a year pet food industry, specifically the pet food companies

and retailers. The suit alleges premium-grade pet food labeled and promoted

as "Complete and Balanced" has “Historically Contained Such items as

Euthanized Dogs and Cats, Restaurant Grease, Hair, Hooves, and Diseased

Animals, and Other Inedible Garbage.” The action specifies a long list of food

industry giants by name.
The Miami firm of Maltzman Foreman PA point out the defendants claim the

foods contain “choice cuts of prime beef, chunks of chicken, fish, fresh

wholesome vegetables and whole grains” but their Plaintiffs say the food

actually contains "inedible slaughterhouse waste products of the human food

chain such as spines, heads, tails, hooves, hair, and blood.” The suit states

in part “rendering companies … also added other inedible ‘waste’ such as

euthanized cats and dogs from veterinarian offices and animal shelters …”
This is news ? Not. Major websites such as have

presented the sickening facts for nearly a decade. It also helped break this

story “It isn’t just the remains of someone’s pet … he could be ingesting

pentobarbital, the lethal drug used to euthanize pets.
That gruesome fact is more than sickening. It can be deadly to pets that eat

the food. Quoting from reporter Jamie Allmar, KMOV TV, “It's a sad secret

kept by most animal shelters run by local governments. The dogs and cats

they put to death go to one place, a rendering plant in Millstadt, Illinois where

their bodies are boiled down into raw materials that could be winding up in

pet food.”
TheDogPlace article explains “Like many other dark secretes that affect the

food you and I eat, the Food and Drug Administration appears to ignore the

problem. The FDA claimed that drugs like sodium pentobarbital, which is

used to kill the animals, did not survive the rendering process. Now the FDA

has proof that it does. We learn that test results in 1998 have been kept

secrete and that "several retail feeds were confirmed for the presence of

pentobarbital which could have only come from euthanized animals.”
Class Counsel for Maltzman Foreman, Catherine J. MacIvor says "The

melamine debacle is not the only serious problem with pet food. The number

and frequency of lethal pet food recalls in the last few years clearly shows

the seriousness and extent of this problem." Indeed it does. But aflatoxin

and waste from the slaughterhouse floor is almost understandable compared

to the esthetic and medically abhorrent practice of feeding euthanized pets

to other pets.

Cattle and dairy farmers learned the hard way. Indeed, there exists serious

concern that the practice of feeding cows to cows may have led to the spread

of Mad Cow Disease.
The Class Action suit points out that today’s pet foods are “largely

carbohydrates and sugars combined with toxic preservatives and additives

with very little to no meat at all.” Dedicated breeders know how to read labels.

In fact, most have been so turned off by that knowledge they feed human-

grade foodstuffs. Most cat breeder-exhibitors know cats require more meat

than dogs. Cats simply do not thrive on today’s plethora of “junk food” and in

fact, wild cats die if fed “cat food.” Dog owners, let that be food for thought.

We have domesticated dogs even better than ourselves, therefore they

tolerate more but at what cost ?
If you are concerned for your pet’s safety and health, it only takes thirty

minutes to grasp the basics. Go directly to the above quoted article at

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