Just when I think I have seen the bottom of human's Inhumanity I get shown more ways we can be irredeemably cruel.
I was talking with a former employee of the local shelter about an aquaintance of mine who wanted to show rescues but was turned down by a shelter that was already short staffed. I speculated that some people may have been turned down because of their tendancy to become emotionally attached to animals and that they may not be able to let go if that animal's "time was up". Kill shelters cannot afford to have their volunteers become hoarders or basket cases when that time inevitably comes. I learned the truth was far worse.
Do you ever wonder what happens to the "euthanized" bodies?
Mass cremation? I guessed.
No. The shelter sells them to pet food companies. The ingredient is labeled "animal digest". Shelters have high kill rates to make money on the bodies.
Horrifying to grasp I know so I did a little research. Surely this could not be true.
UNFORTUNATELY IT IS TRUE.
Animal digest is a common ingredient used in pet foods. As defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, it is material which results from chemical hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves, and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed.
A cooked-down broth made from specified or unspecified parts of animals (depending on the type of digest used). If the source is unspecified (e.g. "Animal" or "Poultry", the animals used can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination. Any kind of animal can be included: "4-D animals" (dead, diseased, disabled, or dying prior to slaughter), goats, pigs, horses, restaurant and supermarket refuse and so on. Rats, miscellaneous road kills, animals euthanized at animal control facilities are not permitted and are to be properly disposed at secure landfills per USDA and AAFCO and State of WI DNR. A number of bald eagles were killed and others sickened by improperly disposed euthanized pets in central Wisconsin. The matter became Federal in 2011 under protected species laws and regulations. Any poisoned animal matter is prohibited but not diseased, i.e., the bacteria or viruses become a digested part of the digest and no longer pose any threat. see following FDA link..
FDA: Digests, which are materials treated with heat, enzymes and/or acids to form concentrated natural flavors. Only a small amount of a "chicken digest" is needed to produce a "Chicken Flavored Cat Food," even though no actual chicken is added to the food. - (FDA)
Note that in spite of it being "not permitted" for animal control kills to be used if the source is "unspecified" "there is no control over quality or contamination".
So not only is contamination in food and treats killing our beloved pets there is strong evidence that this bloody practice endangers our 4-legged family and IS BLATANTLY LISTED IN THE INGREDIENT LIST.
Prescription foods all seem to favor this ingredient as do senior and "easy to digest" foods.
There are no limits on greed and no conscience in advertising - especially in those companies "Vetranarien Approved"
It just seems there is no one you can trust these days.
WE NEED AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE FD@$%Y&*A.