Friday, August 22, 2008

IAMS. Pet Food Giant. Animal Cruelty in Its Laboratory.

Well, once again, PETA, through its undercover work, has been proven that the emperor has no clothes. IAMS, a pet food company who claims that they care about your pet, in reality, doesn't care a hoot about animal welfare. A boycott of its products is the least an animal-loving consumer can do. For those of us on a more aggressive footing, we can spread the news, spread the video, join the demonstrations when planned, and personally inform other consumers at the pet supply store about IAMS' skeleton in the closet.

Here's the case: The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an official complaint against a contract laboratory for IAMS based on reports by government inspectors and an undercover investigation by PETA in 2002 and 2003. The government's main thrust is that this company “has shown a lack of good faith.” The government complaint alleges that the following violations:

1) Failure to provide pain relief to sheep used in experiments that caused pain or distress
2) Failure to ensure that personnel were trained to perform experiments on animals
3) Failure to provide veterinary care and to observe animals daily
4) Failure to properly ventilate housing facilities for dogs and cats
5) Failure to house cats with a sufficient number of litterboxes and resting surfaces
6) Failure to keep animal-housing facilities clean and in good repair, resulting in injuries
7) Failure to maintain comfortable temperatures in animal-housing facilities
8) Failure to provide animals with sufficient space

IAMS, what a shame, what a farce! This is like an animal welfare advocate who beats his own dog, like the priest who sermons on a Sunday and then steals the collection basket, like a cop who drinks and drive. Can we trust anyone anymore in this world? Here's a quote from PETA's website about the undercover investigation:

" For nearly 10 months in 2002 and early 2003, a PETA investigator went undercover at an Iams contract testing laboratory, where a dark, sordid secret was discovered beneath the dog- and cat-food manufacturer’s wholesome image. Our investigator found dogs who had gone crazy from intense confinement in barren steel cages and cement cells, dogs who had been left on a filthy paint-chipped floor after chunks of muscle had been hacked from their thighs, dogs who had been surgically debarked, and horribly sick dogs and cats who were languishing in their cages, neglected and left to suffer without veterinary care. "

Need more reinforcement, let's watch the video:

People to write to:

Jeffrey P. Ansell, President Iams Company
7250 Poe Ave.Dayton, OH 45414-58011

A.G. Lafley
Chairman of the Board and CEOProcter & Gamble
1 Procter & Gamble PlazaCincinnati, OH 452021-
513-983-9369 (fax)

Bill Miller
Director of Sales Iams Canada
920 Gana Ct.Mississauga, ON L5S 1Z41
800-658-5657 (press 5 for the name directory)
905-565-4711 (fax)

Managing Director
Iams UK Ltd.Procter & Gamble
The Heights, Brooklands Weybridge
Surrey KT13 0XPUK: +44 (0)808 100 7010


air said...

Sickening. The banging of the cages and the sounds of the dogs wailing brought back memories of my *toxicology days*. It was a wave of nausea and I tossed my lunch.

Chessbuff said...

Sorry bout your lunch. I found it painful to hear the sounds and to watch that dog circle endlessly in its cage. To realize that no one is coming to its immediate rescue made me bow my head in sadness. Who are these people who can work there and come home to a loving family and a comfortable bed?

air said...

Because they are like what I was 20years ago. They believe in their work. They believe the safety of the world depends on their research. One day, a pair of eyes looks at you and you can hear its voice "I know who you are and I know what you are." You're not likely to ever forget that kind of shock.