Hi Fellow Cat Lover,
Time for another update on the pet food
situation. By now, of course, it's a rare
person who has not heard of this problem,
as the news continues to spread by word of
mouth, radio, TV, newspaper, and of course,
It appears that the human food chain could
also be at risk, since animals are typically
fed the dregs of materials in the food preparation
industries, and then we eat the animals!
Hogs have been given contaminated
rice gluten, for example, and many other animals
have been given ingredients with suspicious
substances in them.
It's an enormous problem that no one ever
expected to see. I watched some of the
Congressional hearings on TV, on C-SPAN,
where people testified to the Food Contamination
and Inspection committee.
I learned that at last, China is going to allow
us to inspect their plants, but in the meantime,
the contaminated glutens are still pouring
into the U.S.
According to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), only
1 percent of imported products, especially those
called "ingredients," are ever inspected at all.
The FDA (Federal Dept. of Agriculture) complained
that because of budget concerns, they just can't
afford to hire more inspectors.
After watching some of the testimony from witnesses,
I learned that not only our pets are in danger.
WE ARE, too! Three families appeared before the
committee to describe the horrors of food poisoning
that left their children with permanent disabilities.
One was from eating spinach in a restaurant, another
from purchased spinach, and another from eating
tainted meat at a restaurant.
It's easy to say "beware," but what can we really do?
As for our pets, there is one veterinarian who is
really speaking out for the animals. He is giving
another seminar this week, and you can sign up for
it here, if you'd like to attend. It's online
this time, as a "webinar."
There are only 350 spots open for this event on May 10
with Dr. Andrew Jones of British Columbia, Canada.
If you can't get in, don't worry. Register anyway,
as you will then be able to get the reading materials
for yourself later.
And watch for my newsletter, too, as I will keep you
The U.S. Senate did create a Pet Food Bill, too. Read
about it here:
(Copy and paste the link into your browser.)
It passed unanimously! As it should...
Here are more web sites you will want to keep handy, too:
Pet Food Safety Center:
And this article describes some good news, for a change:
President Signs Animal Fighting Bill Into Law
(Copy and paste this URL into your browser.)
Here is a brief excerpt:
"The law takes effect immediately. It provides felony
penalties for interstate commerce, import and export
related to animal fighting activities, including commerce
in cockfighting weapons. It will make it much harder for
criminals who engage in dogfighting and cockfighting to
continue their operations. Each violation of the federal
law may bring up to three years in jail and up to a
$250,000 fine for perpetrators."
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