What's in Your Animal's
The following information is taken from a Pet Food
Investigative Report produced by The Animal Protection Institute of America
in Sacramento, California. It provides a tremendous amount of information
companion animal owners should know about pet food and pet food label
terminology. This is one area where public awareness needs to be raised.
This report was published in May 1996.
Butylated hydroxytoluene; associated with esophageal cancer
Butylated hydroxyanisole; associated with stomach and urinary cancer
those parts of the animal left over after the meat has been stripped away
from the bone. By-products contain little, if any, meat. "Chicken-By
Products" or "Meat-By-Products" include heads, feet, entrails,
brains, lungs, livers, bones, kidneys,
stomachs, blood, intestines free of contents, and anything not fit for
Pet food manufacturers fail to mention that other substances are also
includedspoiled slaughterhouse meat, road kill, downer animals,
ear tags and cancerous material cut away from the carcass and styrofoam
packaging containing spoiled meat from supermarkets.
A synthetic antioxidant developed by Monsanto during the 1950's. Ethoxyquin
has been used as an insecticide, pesticide and rubber stabilizer. Documented
cases of humans who worked in the rubber industry showed an increase in
skin cancer, blindness, leukemia, fetal abnormalities, and liver and kidney
damage. Ethoxyquin found its way into pet food because it is the most
potent and cheapest preservative available. The FDA was more concerned
with its use in food animals that are part of the human food chain, with
no regard for what our pets consume. Ethoxyquin
has been associated with immune deficiency syndrome, leukemia, blindness,
skin, stomach, spleen and liver cancer in companion animals. A 1984 study
showed that ethoxyquin increased mutagenic activity, increased the toxicity
of other chemicals and induced DNA mutations and chromosomal aberrations.
Is this something we want to give our pets? Ethoxyquin
is listed as a pesticide by the Department of Agriculture. Ethoxyquin
is listed as a hazardous chemical by OSHA (Occupational, Safety and Health
Administration). It is rated 3 out of a scale of 6. A compound rated 6
is so potently toxic that 7 drops can cause death.
Used in semi-moist food as an anti-microbial preservative because semi-moist
food contains 25-50 % water. Documented research showed that it causes
hematologic abnormalities, central nervous system depression and kidney
PRESERVATIVES AND ADDITIVES
FOUND IN SOME PET FOODS
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS
Four of the top five major pet food companies
in the United States are subsidiaries of multinational food production
companies: Colgate-Palmolive, Heinz, Nestle and Mars.
P.F. Mc Gargle, DVM states, "Feeding
slaughterhouse wastes to animals increases their chance of getting cancer
and other degenerative diseases. Those wastes can include moldy, rancid
or spoiled meats as well as tissues severely riddled with cancer."