Illegal Pet Food Ingredients: An FDA Admission of Guilt

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I will be the first to admit that my claims regarding the pet food industry’s use of illegal ingredients and the FDA’s written policy allowing their use may seem outlandish, but unfortunately, it’s true.

This video was recorded by Susan Thixton of the Association for Truth in Pet Food.  In it, she recorded a conversation between herself and a representative of the FDA.  It’s only a little over three minutes long, but she recorded the FDA openly admitting they will continue to allow this illegal activity.

While everyone is certainly free to watch the video for themselves, I have quoted the question and FDA’s answer below:

Susan:  “FDA still is going to allow animals that have died otherwise than by slaughter into pet food even though law says that is an adulterant?”

FDA:  “We’re gonna allow animals that have died other than slaughter that have been further processed, turned into a protein and fat product, the protein and fat product can be used in it.”

Let me be clear.  Animals that have died otherwise than by slaughter can include road kill, animals that have died of disease, animals found dead in the field for days, the euthanized carcasses of shelter animals, etc.  Any meat harvested from these sources is not fit to eat.

What this constitutes is a blatant disregard for the health and well-being of our fur babies, not to mention a blatant disregard for the law (the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act), simply in order to make a buck.

All of this is done without informing the general public.  This is precisely the need for Little Man’s Law.  Little Man’s Law won’t change the way the pet food industry prepares pet food products.  People have been trying for years to get the FDA to do that with no success.  But if Little Man’s Law is enacted, they will be required to include a label on every product containing these illegal ingredients.

That way, we’ll know.

And we can buy something else.

Please support Little Man’s Law.  Sign the petition.  Share it with everyone you know.

Do it for our fur babies.  They are family, too.

Jonny

 

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Little Man’s Law – Update

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Hello all! I’ll get straight to the point.

I have personally contacted over a dozen members of Congress in my efforts to garner a sponsor for Little Man’s Law. It’s still early, so I have received little by way of response.  However, I found what I believe to be a veritable gold mine of potential support for Little Man’s Law in the 124 members of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus co-chaired by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA).  At the link above, you will see a list of related legislation they support, and I can see no reason why they wouldn’t also support Little Man’s Law if we can get their attention.

I went through all 124 members and determined that only the following appear to accept emails from people outside their constituency. I am including their email links below:

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Co-Chair https://forms.house.gov/blumenauer/webforms/issue_subscribe.html

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) https://bera.house.gov/connect-with-me/email-ami

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) https://bustos.house.gov/contact

Congressman Gerry Connolloy (D-VA) https://connolly.house.gov/contact-gerry1

Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) https://courtney.house.gov/email-joe1/

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grrisham (D-NM) https://lujangrisham.house.gov/contact

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) https://polis.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) http://schiff.house.gov/contact (Select “Share your opinion or comments on bills or other issues” from the drop-down)

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) https://sherman.house.gov/contact/contact-congressman-sherman-form

I request each of you make contact with these Representatives. I suggest you send them the following, which you can copy and paste into your own letter.  If there is a subject box, please type:  A Bill to Enact the Federal Pet Food Labeling and Advertising Act, “Little Man’s Law.”

Dear _________________,

This letter serves to request that you introduce and support legislation to require pet food manufacturers include a warning label on all pet food products containing adulterated ingredients.

I understand you have already been contacted by Mr. Jonathon Payne regarding his proposal for “Little Man’s Law.” There are three points I would like to make in my support for this proposed legislation:

  1. While there are existing laws prohibiting the use of adulterated ingredients in ALL food products, the FDA makes an exception for the use of some of these illegal and unsafe ingredients as long as they are intended only for animal consumption. This is done without the public’s general knowledge.
  2. While there are also existing laws governing the labeling and disclosure of ingredients in pet food products, there is no law or policy requiring the disclosure of whether any of the ingredients are adulterated. This being the case, there is no way for the American consumer to know which products contain these illegal and unsafe ingredients and which do not.
  3. Little Man’s Law, as proposed by Mr. Payne, will not change the way the pet food industry conducts its business, nor will it require a change to the FDA’s Compliance Policy Guidance allowing the use of some adulterated ingredients in animal food products. Little Man’s Law will ONLY require that the American consumer be notified as to which products contain adulterated ingredients.

I hereby request that you introduce Little Man’s Law to Congress as proposed by Mr. Payne. Our pets deserve better.

Sincerely,

(include your name here)

To all who plan to send letters to Congress, thank you in advance. This law is important, and many pets’ lives depend on it.

And don’t forget to sign the petition.

All the best,

Jonny

Little Man’s Law – Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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Last week, I went public for the first time to announce my efforts to have Congress enact “Little Man’s Law,” an Act that will require warning labels on all pet food products containing illegal (but allowed by the FDA) and unsafe adulterated ingredients.

Now it’s time to let your voices be heard.

I have started a petition and need everyone to sign it and show their support. Click the link below to see the petition:

https://www.change.org/p/united-states-congress-enact-little-man-s-law-to-require-a-warning-label-on-pet-food-products-containing-illegal-but-allowed-by-the-fda-and-unsafe-adulterated-ingredients

Before a proposed Bill ever sees the light of day, it must have a sponsor (a member of Congress to introduce the Bill). I have already provided detailed packages to the following members of Congress hoping to garner their sponsorship:

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL)

In addition to signing the petition, you can contact these members of Congress directly. Please note that people residing outside the state or district of these members of Congress may not receive a reply, especially to an email. However, all can be reached via their staff at their office addresses or telephone numbers.  Their contact information is provided below:

Senator Dianne Feinstein:

Email Link for California Residents: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Address:  Senator Dianne Feinstein, United States Senate 331, Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone (Washington, DC): (202) 224-3841

Senator Dick Durbin:

Email Link: https://www.durbin.senate.gov/contact/email

Address:  Senator Dick Durbin, 711 Hart Senate Building, Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone (Washington, DC): (202) 224-2152

Senator Richard Shelby:

Email Link: http://www.shelby.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailsenatorshelby

Address:  Senator Richard Shelby, 304 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Phone (Washington, DC): (202) 224-5744

Congressman Mo Brooks:

Email Link: https://brooks.house.gov/email-me

Address:  Congressman Mo Brooks, 1230 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

Phone (Washington, DC): (202) 225-4801

Please feel free to contact the represetatives of your own state also.  To help makes things even easier, I would like to request that you copy and paste the following into the body of any email or letter sent to any member of Congress, but of course you can add, edit, or write your own letter. Make sure to reference “Little Man’s Law.”  Don’t forget to fill in the blank with the name of the person you are trying to reach:

Dear __________,

It has come to my attention that you have received correspondence from Mr. Jonathon Payne of Alabama regarding his proposal for the enactment of “Little Man’s Law” that will require warning labels on all pet food products containing illegal (but allowed by the FDA) and unsafe adulterated ingredients.

Mr. Payne is right. I have the right to know what is in the food I feed ALL of my family members, and that includes my pets.  My pets are family, and they deserve better.

Please support Little Man’s Law.

Sincerely,

(Don’t forget to sign or type your name here)

Thank you all for your support of this extremely important cause. I continue to build the case for Little Man’s Law, and it’s getting stronger and stronger.

To keep up with the status of my efforts, you can also follow my blog by clicking the button that says “Follow” to the left of this screen, or “Like” Little Man’s Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/mightylittleman2014/?ref=hl

WE CAN DO THIS!!

For those who can’t speak for themselves,

Jonny