@Regranned from @the_boycott_movement - Purina is a well-known pet food company owned by Nestlé. Generic pet food companies such as Purina include an ingredient familiar to many - animal by-products.
What are animal by-products?
According to PetMD, when animals are slaughtered for human consumption, the remaining carcass is set aside for pet food - including, but not limited to, bones, organs (e.g. lung, spleen, kidney, brain, stomach & intestine), blood, & beaks. In addition, other leftovers found in by-products may contain parts from road kill, dead zoo animals, diseases livestock, dead on arrival poultry, & EUTHANIZED PETS FROM ANIMAL SHELTERS. These parts become pet food through a process called rendering, where animal waste is melted in huge vats, ground, & cooked..
Why use animal by-products?
For Purina pet food companies such as Alpo, Beneful, Friskies, & Fancy Feast, using such animal waste is cheap to manufacture, keeps protein levels high, and production costs low.
So what kind of pet food is safe?
PetMD.com sates that “pet foods labeled as "natural" fall under the jurisdiction of the Association of American Feed Control Officials & defines "natural" pet food as having ingredients from ONLY plant, animal or mined sources. These foods cannot be highly processed or contain chemically synthetic ingredients, such as artificial flavors, preservatives or colorings." Furthermore, “organic pet foods are made without the use of conventional pesticides & artificial fertilizers, free from human or industrial waste contamination and processed without radiation or food additives. If food animals are involved, they must be raised without the routine use of antibiotics and growth hormones & fed a healthy diet. Producers must have special certification & follow specific production standards in order to market the food as organic.”
Here are some natural & organic pet food alternatives with vegetarian options:
-The Honest Kitchen
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