Pet owners from Michigan and Florida have filed a nationwide class action
against pet food industry giants because –according to them-they are misleading
the public about the contents of their products.
The claimants say that these companies have spent $300
million a year in making false and misleading marketing statements regarding the
contents of their pet food to the dog and cat loving American public.
According to the pet owners most pet food
products –sold as premium products- actually contain "inedible" slaughterhouse
waste products of the human food chain such as spines, heads, tails, hooves,
hair, and blood.
Rendering companies who process this waste have also added
other inedible "waste" such as euthanized cats and dogs from veterinarian
offices and animal shelters, road kill, zoo animals, rancid restaurant grease,
toxic chemicals and additives. Additionally, dead animals and those declared
unfit for human consumption due to disease and illness are also placed in the
mix. Financial damageThe lawsuit
alleges that pet
food companies market their products as wholesome, choice cuts of meat, natural
and complete and balanced diets even though they are fully aware that this food
is largely carbohydrates and sugars combined with toxic preservatives and
additives with very little to no meat at all. Through the lawsuit, the
claimants hope to recover financial damages for all pet owners who have been
similarly deceived. "Ultimately we are hopeful that our lawsuit will force
the pet food companies to more accurately describe what is in their pet foods
and to offer more healthful pet food options that provide pets with food quality
similar to that provided in human food products."To
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