We demand cleaner food sources for our beloved pets. Who wouldn’t want to feed their fur monster GMO-free, ethically raised, organic, grass-fed meats?
Pet food manufacturers buy their proteins from renderers (nationalrenderers.org) to stay competitive within the industry.
So do we fault the pet food manufacturers for making poor choices when selecting the meats to create their recipes? Are they fully to blame when it comes to the protein options available to them?
According to real world stats, maybe we’re part of the issue…
“Turning meat industry by-products into pet food is basic recycling: it reclaims waste as usable material. Packing plants process nearly 10 billion chickens and turkeys and 150 million heads of cattle, calves, hogs and sheep each year in the US, according to the National Renderers Association. Nearly half of the weight of those animals is considered inedible by American consumers but can be used in pet food, instead of being tossed in a giant, toxic pile of trash.
The same is true of the nearly 2 billion pounds of grocery store waste, including scraps and expired meat, and the animals that die on farms before they are slaughtered.
‘The whole rendering business is one of the biggest recycling businesses out there,’ says Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality extension specialist at the University of California Davis’ Department of Animal Science. Without rendering plants, he says, there would be huge biosafety and biosecurity issues because it’s the only way to dispose of livestock.” – Quartz
Oh, and here’s what’s happening worldwide:
“More Than 150 Billion Animals are Slaughtered Every Year. These are the numbers of animals killed worldwide by the meat, egg, and dairy industries.” -Adaptt
Our mess equals their problem.