AAFCO president admits dead/rendered animal remains from euthanized pets are used in making pet food. AAFCO is short for The Association of American Feed Control. They are the regulatory group responsible for regulating pet food. AAFCO could easily ban the use of rendered pets as something allowed into our dog’s food, but they don’t. This is why it is important to buy a high quality food that lists all the ingredients: Chicken meal, fish meal etc.
Why, you may be asking yourself? Many of the same individuals actively sitting on the AAFCO board are also major players in several pet food companies. And those pet food companies value the cheap protein they salvage from the millions of dogs and cats, which are euthanized every year. So what is allowed into your dog’s food as “meat and bone meal?” I’ve already mentioned euthanized dogs and cats, including the flea/tick collars they may have been wearing, road kill, expired grocery store meat, including the packaging, dead stock…etc.
This is why it is IMPORTANT to buy good quality dog food. I do not want to risk putting the same poisons used to kill dogs and cats into my pets via the pet food I feed them. That is why I only feed Pure Woof Gold which has Human Grade right on the package of dog food to Rusty and Sadie.
Here is a report paper written by Justine S. Patrick of Harvard Law school which has some more information.
TruthAboutPetFood.com links to a document published by the EPA that talks about euthanized pets going into pet food.