Protect pet owners' rights to feed a raw meat pet food
  • Petitioned American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

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American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
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Assistant Director, AVMA Media Relations
Sharon Curtis Granskog

Protect pet owners' rights to feed a raw meat pet food

    1. Susan Zevola
    2. Petition by

      Susan Zevola

      Branford, CT

At the upcoming AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting taking place in August 2012, the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine will vote on a proposed policy regarding raw or undercooked animal-source protein diets for pets.  According to the AVMA website “The AVMA cannot, and will not, regulate what pet owners choose to feed their pets. If you already feed raw food to your pet, that’s your choice. This proposed policy is about mitigating public health risks, not about restricting or banning any products”.   Unfortunately, anyone that belongs to or has considered joining The Delta Society knows firsthand that the implementation of such a policy will have negative repercussions for those that choose to feed a raw diet.

The article goes on to say that “Our policies are intended to present the scientific facts,… [that] these infections can sicken pets and pet owners alike, and can be life-threatening;  unless a raw protein product has been subjected to a process that eliminates pathogens that can make pets and people ill, it poses a significant public health risk to both pets and pet owners”.

This statement is blatantly misleading as it implies that non-raw diets including commercially prepared kibble are safe.  It ignores that fact that non-raw diets cannot be guaranteed any safer that raw, as evidenced by the recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to contaminated dry dog food.  According to the CDC, that outbreak has sickened 47 people in 20 U.S. states and two people in Canada (with likely as many more unreported cases).

The article entitled: “The Facts on AVMA’s Proposed Policy on Raw Pet Food Diets” can be found here: http://atwork.avma.org/2012/07/18/the-facts-on-avmas-proposed-policy-on-raw-pet-food-diets/

Please sign this petition to support the right of educated and responsible pet owners to choose how they will feed their pets.  

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    News

    1. Susan Thixton to 'present' signed petition at AAFCO meetings this weekend

      Susan Zevola
      Petition Organizer

      The petition will remain open so that we can continue to collect signatures. Thanks to all who signed / commented.

    2. Onion recall expands to multiple products, states

      Susan Zevola
      Petition Organizer

      AVMA: See question below requesting an explanation about why we shouldn't handle raw meat to feed our pets.

      An onion recall from a Southern California grower and food processing firm has led to a cascade of subsequent recalls spanning multiple products and states.
      Gills Onions LLC initially issued a voluntary recall of a single day’s production of onions on July 18 due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.
      The list of recalled items was expanded July 26 to include diced, slivered and whole-peeled onions and diced onion and celery mix with use-by dates on or before Aug. 3, which were shipped to multiple states including California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington.
      Following the expanded recall, a number of products containing the onions as an ingredient have also been recalled.

      Read more: by following the link.

    3. Recall: Prepared Trader Joe's BBQ Chicken Salads

      Susan Zevola
      Petition Organizer

      AVMA: Explain to us again how the handling raw pet food is dangerous to human health ??

      Federal food safety inspectors say prepared barbecue chicken salads sold at Trader Joe's are being recalled because they contain diced onions that may be contaminated with the potentially deadly listeria bacteria.

      In a release Friday, United States Department of Agriculture officials say Huxtable's Kitchen of Vernon, Calif. is recalling about 5,610 pounds of the salads. No illnesses have been reported from the salads.
      Products with use-by dates through July 30 and bearing the establishment number "P-11079" are subject to the recall. The 14.5-ounce salads were distributed in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Texas.

      The bacteria can cause a flu-like illness, a symptom of a serious infection that typically affects older adults, pregnant women and those with weak immune systems. The illness can result in death.

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. The Beginning of the End for Raw Pet Food?

      Susan Zevola
      Petition Organizer

      This week's article by Amber Keiper (editor of The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine) discusses the proposed policy and notes that funding for the AVMA comes from their charity foundation, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Ms. Keiper notes that AVMF's major donors include some of the biggest names in processed pet foods: Purina, Hill's, Iams, and Eukaneuba. Is anyone surprised that the AVMA wants to implement a policy discouraging the feeding of pet foods not produced by these gargantuan corporations?? Please follow the link to read the article in it's entirety.

    6. Reached 2,500 signatures
    7. Let's Put Things in Perspective: USDA Issues Another Recall of Tainted Meat

      Susan Zevola
      Petition Organizer

      Raw feeding proponents already know that feeding raw meat pet food is safe for pets and their humans. For those who are new to this subject, let's put things in perspective. There has never been a recall of raw pet food due to potential for illness. Yet there have been in excess of 30 recalls on human food in the first half of 2012 alone! (The most recent was on 22 July). And there have been massive recalls over the last several years for kibble that has been contaminated resulting in devastating effects on our beloved pets (not to mention human illness). So what motivation (other than monetary) could the AVMA have for wanting to impose this policy??

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures
    9. The Domino Effect

      Susan Zevola
      Petition Organizer

      Susan Thixton (Pet Food Safety Advocate) discusses the potential Domino Effect that the proposed policy could have: "Whether you feed your dog or cat a raw meat diet or not, the AVMA proposed policy to discourage raw diets for pets is a very real concern to all educated petsumers. What is behind this proposed policy? If approved, who will be the next domino to fall? Will this policy alienate pet owners from practicing veterinarians?". For the complete article visit her website.

    10. Reached 1,500 signatures
    11. AVMA posts proposed policy document on their website

      Susan Zevola
      Petition Organizer

      Visit the AVMA's website to see the proposed policy on feeding of Raw or Undercooked Animal-Source Protein in Cat and Dog Diets.

    12. The Facts on AVMA’s Proposed Policy on Raw Pet Food Diets (AVMA Article)

      Susan Zevola
      Petition Organizer

      Visit the AVMA website to read an article posted in response to the "...misinformation about the proposed AVMA policy on raw or undercooked animal-source protein diets for pets". You can also post comments to let the AVMA know your opinion on this topic.

    13. Reached 1,000 signatures
    14. Dry dog food salmonella outbreak sickened 49, CDC says

      Susan Zevola
      Petition Organizer

      As many petitioners have stated, the notion of feeding raw being a "health hazard to humans" is completely unfounded. Yet we hear more and more about instances of humans being sickened by contaminated kibble. Here is an article posted today regarding the latest outbreak. For the health of our animals (and ourselves) let's continue to gather signatures to make ourselves heard by the AVMA.

    15. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Eden Di Bianco ASTORIA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I will not allow the pet food industry decide what is acceptable for my rescue dog Frankie to eat. By feeding him a balanced raw diet that is well planned and researched, I know that I am giving him food that is species appropriate, grain free, and free of common contaminants and short cuts prevalent in commercially prepared dog food.

      Commercially prepared food has no guarantee of safety and no significant benefit over the BARF diet. He's a real, active, amazing, sensitive, and allergy prone dog, and he's HEALTHY. Frankie is a cherished member of my family, and I will continue to feed him as I see fit with regard to his health, nutrition, and safety. Please do not marginalize pet parents who feed raw; we are following our conscience and extensive research to feed our pets according to nature.

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    • Michael Hobbs VENICE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      A very good friend's cat!

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    • Jeffrey Lahaie BRANDON, VT
      • over 1 year ago

      We feed our dogs a raw diet and they have never been healthier. I consider it safer than man made dog food. Just read the news!

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    • Linda McIntire RUTLAND, VT
      • over 1 year ago

      I have chosen to feed my dog a raw diet. I trust the information I have been given about the company I buy from. There are different philosophies and plenty of research to prove each one. I do not one anyone dictating to me or regulating my choices.

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    • Lydia H. WINTHROP, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Dogs and cats deserve real, species-appropriate food.

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