Jul 26, 2003, 9:36 AM
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am helping my friend to post this article up about animal testing which i think it's so wrong !!!
"Pet" Food Industry : Lay Off the Animals!
How many people would ever guess that frightened, lonely dogs and cats are
confined to tiny barren cages in laboratories for years on end and have horrible
things done to them, just to test "pet food"? Are these tests necessary? No. Are
they required by law? No. Do they cause animal suffering? They certainly do.
Compassionate consumers reject the confinement and mistreatment of dogs and cats
used in nutritional studies. They People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (
PETA ) to do all they can to get animals out of laboratories exactly like the
one that was recently uncovered in an investigation involving animals used for
IXmX and for Menu Foods, a Canadian company that makes canned dog and cat food
for sale to large chain stores under private label agreements.
PETA have asked both IXmX and Menu Foods to stop all laboratory testing, to
which IXmX said is impossible. But they know it isn’t.
Like IXmX and many other “pet” food manufacturers, Menu Foods conducts tests to
measure the “metabolic energy” of dog and cat food. Such tests are inherently
cruel because they involve severe confinement in stainless-steel metal cages.
PETA’s undercover investigation at a testing laboratory with which Menu Foods
contracts found countless examples of cruelty and neglect.
During the tests, dogs and cats are forced to live in cold, hard, barren
stainless-steel cages with no toys or beds. PETA’s investigator took video
footage of animals circling endlessly in their cages, suffering the severe
effects of lack of stimulation, exercise, and socialization. Metabolic cages are
approximately the size of a cage that your vet might use for animals recovering
from surgery. Imagine keeping your companion animal in such a cage day after
day, year after year! You wouldn’t do it. But Menu Foods dogs had no choice and
virtually no life.
PETA’s investigator called a researcher at Menu Foods and asked if the animals
could have some toys but was told, “If you give them toys, they are going to
have higher activity and [this] will affect the [metabolic energy] result.” He
even went so far as to tell our investigator that the protocol doesn’t call for
These miserable animals were not given adequate exercise, either. The dogs were
only “exercised” in the galleyway on wet and often filthy concrete on the days
when their feces were not collected for the study, and the cats never received
any exercise at all. They were simply stored in small carriers while their cages
To view pictures taken or a video of the investigation ( 2002 - 2003 ), log on
to www.iamsodead.com/iams-photos.html and
IXmX, which also makes EXXaXaXa, is not the only company that uses animals in
laboratories for feeding trials. For a list of pet food companies that DO NOT
test on animals, go to www.iamsodead.com/food.html . Thank you in
advance for not supporting animal-tested pet food companies - your companion
animal(s) will too.
- by Isabella Sya Li Yin.
(This post was edited by drew on Jul 26, 2003, 9:44 AM)