Pet foods with illegal ingredients are killing our pets!

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Pet foods with illegal ingredients are killing our pets!

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Jonathon Payne started this petition to United States Congress

It’s true, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), per their official Compliance Policy Guidance (CPG), allows this to happen.

These illegal ingredients are defined by law as “adulterated.”  That’s why we need what I have named, “Little Man’s Law.”

My name is Jonathon Scott Payne, and I’d like to tell you a story; a story about a member of my family.  His name was Little Man.  In his younger days, he was a mascot for my unit in the US Air Force.  Later, he would find himself connected, albeit in a minor way, to the last space shuttle mission.  Yes, he was an extraordinary creature, and the best friend I ever had.

But then, when he was ten years old, something terrible happened.

You see, Little Man was my cat.  On September 3, 2012, he suddenly found himself at death’s door.  But after more than two weeks in the hospital, he returned home—alive and well.  His survival was remarkable.  In fact, I wrote a book about his ordeal.  But it would be another two and half years before I would come to understand just how important it was that he survive.  And that was no small feat.  In fact, it took three world records and some would say a down-right miracle to do it.

But he did survive, and if he hadn’t, I would never have known the truth.  He survived long enough for something else to happen on April 23, 2015, an event that would steer me on a road to discovery.  That road eventually led me to the horrible truth, and I’ve seen test results conducted on a dozen pet food products from various manufacturers that prove it.

Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), a food shall be determined to be adulterated if, among other things, it contains poisonous or insanitary ingredients, it consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, or decomposed substances, or it is the product of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter.  Under this act, it is illegal to use adulterated ingredients in ANY food product. 

So how is it possible to find any adulterated ingredients in the food we feed our pets? 

The answer is simple:  The FDA allows it.

Even though pet food prepared using parts of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died otherwise than by slaughter is a violation of Section 402(a)5 of the FFDCA, the CPG from the FDA states that such a violation, “will not ordinarily be actionable, if it is not otherwise in violation of the law.”  The compliance policy then specifically states that pet food prepared in this way “will be considered fit for animal consumption.”

In other words, the FDA has made it clear that as long as the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act is violated with regard to pet food, but not human food, that’s ok.  After all, they’re just animals, right?

This is unacceptable.  We have watched our pets suffer illnesses and die because of these products.  I can point you to a list over a thousand complaints against one pet food manufacturer alone that horrifically describes the suffering experienced by pets after eating these products.  I’ve read countless heart-wrenching stories of people who lost their entire household of multiple pets due to contaminated pet foods.

The question is, what do we do about it?

People have been trying for years and years to convince the FDA to change their compliance policy.  But let’s face facts:  they aren’t going to change.  Even though the use of adulterated ingredients is illegal, the FDA knowingly allows this to happen, and meeting after meeting, hearing after hearing, and more “rules and regulations” have not affected the problem.

Adulterated ingredients are still illegal and are still being used in pet food products.

But have you ever seen the word “adulterated” on any packaging?  Can you pick up any pet food product and tell from the label whether it contains any of these harmful ingredients?  Nope.  That’s because if you knew, you would buy something else, wouldn’t you?

So my view is this:  since the FDA is going to allow illegal activity, we have the right to know. 

And I have an incredibly simple solution.

I seek enactment of the Federal Pet Food Labeling and Advertising Act, also known as “Little Man’s Law.”

Little Man’s Law will require a label be included on the packaging and advertising of all pet food products containing adulterated ingredients.  It’s all about disclosure.  Like I said, if the FDA is going to allow illegal activity, then we have the right to know.

Why do I think this will work?  Because when Fluffy’s mommy goes online, to the grocery store, the pet store, her veterinarians’ clinic, or anywhere else pet foods are sold, she will see a label in its own box, in a font no smaller than that used to list the product ingredients:

WARNING:  This product is adulterated.

She will see those five words, and she will buy something else.  Once their sales begin to fall, pet food manufacturers who use these illegal ingredients will either change their ways or give up their businesses so that those who do NOT use these ingredients can take over the industry.

It’s as simple as that.

Little Man and all the pets who have suffered because of these so-called pet foods are most certainly NOT “just animals.”  They are family, and they deserve better.

Please support Little Man’s Law.


Jonathon S. Payne


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