Pentobarbital is the drug many animal shelters use to kill animals, so what in the heck is it doing in dog food? Well, those dead homeless or abandoned family “pets” are often scooped up by companies who grind them up, and turn them into “pet” food.
Los Angeles alone sends out about 200 tons of dead “pets” to be sold out of state for “pet” food processing. You’ll likely find it labeled as “meat” or “bone meal.”
It’s something that isn’t talked about much, but something that everyone should know. While headlines warn animal lovers to steer clear of particular lots of dog or cat food, they rarely mention the seedy business that happens behind the scenes:
Companion animals are being fed other dead companion animals, many of whom are loaded with lethal drugs.
Today’s announcement, posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website lists a recall of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food and Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food by Party Animal. The products are manufactured by Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co., based in California.
The toxic dog food was discovered after a dog became ill, prompting testing at Texas A&M University. The results showed the food contained Pentobarbital. The company became aware of the problem on April 13th; the recall began 10 days later.
I’m not sure what’s more depressing.
As I mention in my book, The Vegan Way, roughly 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are killed in U.S. shelters every year; that’s about one every 11 seconds.
Or is it more vile that we feed dogs and cats, dead dogs and cats?
I think it’s all horrible. ALL OF IT.
And cats, who may need to eat animal products for taurine, well, there’s just got to be a better option than grinding up their fellow companions who were just injected with deadly drugs.
I don’t know the exact source of the Pentobarbital found in Cocolicious Dog Food, and I don’t have all the answers, but I can offer a few good steps in the right direction.
1. Adopt, don’t shop.
2. Spay and neuter your companion animals. Low cost and/or free options are available. And…
3. Let’s get “rendered” animals from shelters OFF of the list that companies can collect to grind up into food! Here’s the EPA report which discusses the crazy, yet legal process - if you can stomach it. You’ll find all the sneaky little names they use for this “ingredient,” too. Companion animals deserve better!
Jackie Day, Author of the new book The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You (St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan) Check it out! It’s getting GREAT reviews!