During the past couple of decades there’s been a most egregious and growing trend affecting the health and wellness of our pets.

If you’re a dog or cat lover, you should already be aware of the weaponization of your pets food containing harmful drugs, hormones, and foreign bi-products.

Some of the major contaminants found in dog and cat food are, “Pentobarbital” which is the drug used in the euthanasia process of dying animals, also included in this toxic stew and are contents of Lead, Mercury, Arsenic and Cadmium.

Depending on the amount of these contaminants, animals ingesting these poisons can possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.”

Our pets are an extension of us, like our children, they are a major part of the family and most people would never consciously consider feeding their beloved pets inferior food filled with harmful ingredients that would decline their health or kill them yet facts bare witness as our animals are being poisoned and riddled with health dysfunctions such as diarrhea, seizures, internal bleeding, tumors, cysts, cancers and organ damage, all connected through the weaponizing of pet foods and products.

The beginning process starts at the Rendering plants operate like a slaughterhouse, recycling various dead animal waste and supermarket rejects into a meat, bone meal and animal fat. Selling these products as a protein source along with other nutrients. These plants also run the risk of becoming filled with diseased and rotting carcasses, contributing to fatal viruses and bacteria. With and estimated 40 billion pounds of slaughterhouse waste such as bone, blood and viscera, and the remains of euthanized dogs and cats acquired by animal shelters and veterinarians which are in turn rendered annually into livestock feed.

This is a multi-billion-dollar industry and facilities operate 24 hours a day, almost everywhere in America, Europe and around the world, as most pet food companies are owned by the global conglomerates. The companies that do their best to convince us they have our pets best interests at heart and produce dog and cat food packages showing juicy cuts of real beef, lamb, fish and chicken, are actually packing those cans and bags full of dead animals of every sort: diseased cattle, tumor-ridden chicken, road kill, zoo animals, and even, dogs and cats from veterinarians and shelters around the country, not to mention the rancid restaurant grease, toxic chemicals and other unsavory additives. Rendered products come from a process that converts animal tissues to feed ingredients. Pentobarbital seems to be able to survive the rendering process. If animals are euthanized with this drug, and subsequently rendered, than pentobarbital could prove to be present in the rendered feed ingredients.

It’s sad to say in many inexpensive dog and cat foods, euthanized animals ARE used in pet foods.

It’s important that you know what goes on behind the walls of a rendering plant, because it could make the difference between life and death for your pet.

The FDA/Center for Veterinary Medicine reports on dog food recalls after euthanasia drug Phenobarbital and other contaminants were found in Dog Food. Other toxins such as spoiled or moldy grains, cancerous material cut from slaughterhouse animals, tissue high in hormone or pesticide residues also found in pet food. Several major companies have recalled more than 5000 pet food products that were contaminated by melamine and cyanuric acid.

Key words to watch for are: Meat and Bone Meal (MBM), Beef and Bone Meal (BBM), Animal Fat (AF), and Animal Digest (AD). These are the ingredients, according to the FDA, are most likely to include pentobarbitol from euthanized animals.

The past couple decades has shown a widespread epidemic of contamination and rampant recall in the pet-food industry by dozens of pet food makers and supermarket brands, claiming thousands of deaths and illnesses, some pets with suffering the effects of liver and kidney dysfunction.

In February 2002, the Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine reports on the Risk from Pentobarbital in Dog Food.

UPDATE: According to the FSMA Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food
View the Final Rule Contents in Docket Folder FDA-2011-N-0922

Can be found here:
https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm366510.htm

“The second major compliance dates for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule arrived in September 2017.

The final rule was published in September 2015 and larger animal food facilities were required to comply with the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) requirements by September 2016.

Now larger animal food facilities have been required to comply with the preventive controls requirements since September 18, 2017, and facilities that are small businesses were required to implement the CGMPs by that date.

Because compliance dates are staggered by the size of the business, the next major compliance dates come in September 2018, when small businesses will also have to meet preventive controls requirements and very small businesses must implement the CGMPs.

This rule requires animal food facilities to have a food safety plan in place that includes an analysis of hazards to determine which ones need control and risk-based preventive controls to minimize or prevent those hazards.”

These Rendering plants (estimated by NRA at 165 in the United States and Canada) usually collect material from other sites using specially designed trucks.

Pet food pick up and process fat and bone trimmings, inedible meat scraps, blood, feathers, and dead animals from meat and poultry slaughterhouses and processors (usually smaller ones without their own rendering operations), farms, ranches, feedlots, animal shelters,restaurants, butchers, and markets.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates animal feed ingredients, but its continuous presence in rendering plants, or in feed mills that buy rendered ingredients, is not a legal requirement.

According to sources at The Two-Way Breaking News at NPR, dated Feb 7, 2017, they state:
“As part of that study, the FDA’s scientists also checked pet food for signs of dog or cat DNA — looking at the possibility that a euthanized animal might have been included among the rendered meat supply for dry dog food. After the study found no trace of dog or cat DNA, the agency concluded, “Presently, it is assumed that the pentobarbital residues are entering pet foods from euthanized, rendered cattle or even horses.”

Related: View the FDA list of pet food recalls

In essence, it’s hard to swallow the fact that these dogs and cats are literally eating the dead body parts of other dogs and cats, in turn canabalising, Yet, It’s business as usual for the rendering industry.

Best advice? Make your own dog food at home to ensure quality ingredients in your dog and cat food. Otherwise, spend a few dollars more and buy pet food at your local health food store. You will spend less money in the long run on a healthy dog or cat!

The best quality pet food recommended by holistic veterinarians is a grain-free food made with human-grade ingredients that are grown and processed in the USA.

An easily digested superior quality pet food can improved the quality of life and the health of your dog and cat and reduce incidence of diseases.

“All creatures are deserving of a life free from fear and pain” ~Maura Cummings

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Susan Price is a National Gold Star Mother and resides in the Suburban Western New York area. The daughter of a Marine, and Army Veteran, She is also the Mother of a Fallen American Hero, Gunnery Sgt, Aaron Michael Kenefick a highly decorated and stellar Marine of over twelve years. The tragic loss of Susan’s son and his Marine Embedded Training Team, raised more questions than answers. It was through a Mother’s undying love, that Susan transformed into an Investigative Researcher, and through her countless hours, days, weeks and years connecting the dots, factual documentation, eyewitness accounts and more, emerged a back story to the crimes that took place on the battlefield that fateful day of September 8th 2009. Susan is also known as a Veterans Advocate and a National voice. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, and other national media as well as and Patriot radio. Having worked with various Congressmen concerning our Military and Veterans, she has been sought out by many as the “the Gold Star Mother with a voice” – and “go to person”.