Thanks to Mercola Healthy Pets, we have a better picture of what's really in pet food. And it will turn your stomach.
It can come from anywhere, including "4-D animals" – dead, diseased, disabled or dying prior to slaughter. It might be chicken, or it might be turkey, geese, buzzard, seagull, unidentifiable roadkill with wings, or a pet bird euthanized at an animal shelter.It gets worse.
Apparently spurred on by the mad cow disease scare, in 2004 a report was made to Congress titled Animal Rendering: Economics and Policy.i
This report is useful in understanding the rendering industry because it simply states the facts, without editorializing. I think you'll agree the facts are plenty disturbing (and nauseating, for those with weak stomachs) on their own.
These are a few excerpts from the report (bold by me), with points I want to make following each excerpt:
Renderers annually convert 47 billion pounds or more of raw animal materials into approximately 18 billion pounds of products. Sources for these materials include meat slaughtering and processing plants (the primary one); dead animals from farms, ranches, feedlots, marketing barns, animal shelters, and other facilities; and fats, grease, and other food waste from restaurants and stores.
But please don't look away. Next to over-vaccination, bad food is one of the biggest detriments to your family pet's health.
Coat, skin, ear issues. Obesity. Diabetes. Kidney disease. These are just a few of the chronic conditions that can emerge from the combination of bad diet and over-vaccination.