Regulate rawhide & check pet products before being sold.
On June 26, after a long day of play, we gave our French Bulldog, Moo Moo, a treat. We supervised her while she enjoyed it and drank water after she finished. Before we went to sleep, Moo Moo looked up to receive her usual head pet.
The next morning, Moo Moo was gone. She was only a year and a half old, but her treat had killed her. Our vet said that even if we’d caught it the second it happened, there was nothing we could have done. The treat was rawhide and in Moo Moo’s case, it caused a fatal blockage.
We knew rawhide was dangerous, but we hadn't realized that “beefhide” is a form of rawhide and assumed it would be safe due to the lack of warnings on the packaging.
After overcoming the guilt that something we gave Moo Moo caused her death, we couldn’t help but ask the question -- Why are pet food manufacturers selling rawhide products when they’ve been proven, over and over, to be dangerous?
According to federal law, your family pet is no more than personal property; worth only what you paid -- It seems that many pet food manufacturers see pets that way too.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with ensuring that pet food and treats are properly labeled and safe. This is not happening. As per the FDA, “There is no requirement that pet foods have pre-market approval by the FDA”. How can they ensure something is safe if they don't check it?!?
It is time for the FDA to make its oversight more rigorous and take dangerous products off the market. It can start by setting specific testing, labeling, and regulations on rawhide.
Dogs like Moo Moo are not just objects, they are living members of our family. We should expect the same oversight of products we would get for ourselves. The FDA has the power to make this happen.
To learn more about the Dangers of Rawhide, do an internet search, for "dangers of rawhide", "rawhide alternatives" and "highly digestible rawhide" or read some of the other horror stories such as THESE, THESE, THESE, THESE, or THESE. The dangers of rawhide are widely known.
To pay your respects,
- FDA (Food and Drug Association)
- Center for Veterinary Medicine, including pet food
FDA Press Office
- U.S. Senate
Regulate Rawhide and Require Pre-Market approval on pet products.
1) Change your policies to hold pet products to the same standards as human products: this includes approval, labeling, and testing.
As per the FDA, “There is no requirement that pet foods have pre-market approval by the FDA”. The news has been full of animal deaths and pet food recalls. How can you possibly “require that pet foods, like human foods, be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled” if a company can market poison as nutrition without any sort of approval process?
2) Since a company that sells a product that kills pets is only liable for the financial value of our pet, please set large financial penalties for companies that sell and distribute unsafe treats. This is the only way that companies will be forced to care about the safety of what they sell.
3) Set SPECIFIC testing, labeling, and regulations on rawhide.
As Veterinarian Elisa Mazzaferro explained in a CBS interview back in 2006, rawhide in particular "turns into this big slimy, amalgamized mess. And it just gets stuck there."
A Google search for “Dangers of Rawhide” will prove that rawhide can be a hazard – not because it poses a choking hazard like many other treats, but because it causes blockages and isn’t digestible like other products.
“Rawhide Alternatives” and “highly digestible” rawhides are filling the pet product market because the dangers associated with rawhide are widely known. Horror stories about the known dangers of rawhide have been building up for years online.
How many more pets need to die or suffer before action is taken?
Pets ARE living and loving beings that are part of our families. For many families, they ARE our children. The FDA needs to do better.
FDA, please help prevent heartache for those that love their four legged family members and make the changes we’re requesting!
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