Think Again before buying Dog Food !

For nearly 10‭ ‬months in 2002‭ ‬and early 2003‭, ‬a PETA investigator worked undercover at Sinclair Research Center‭, ‬a laboratory hired by‭ ‬Iams‭, ‬and discovered a dark and sordid secret beneath the wholesome image of the dog‭- ‬and cat-food manufacturer‭. ‬Dogs had gone crazy because they were confined to barren steel cages and cement cells‭, ‬dogs were left piled on a filthy paint-chipped floor after chunks of muscle had been hacked from their thighs‭, ‬dogs were surgically debarked‭, ‬and horribly sick dogs and cats were neglected and left in cages to suffer without any‭ ‬veterinary care‭. ‬

Footage‭ ‬shows that Iams representatives toured the facility and witnessed dogs who were circling in their cells and sweltering in the summer heat‭. ‬Iams knew the truth yet did nothing to protect the animals‭.‬‭ ‬

The U.S‭. ‬Department of Agriculture investigated PETA’s complaint and‭ ‬agreed‭ ‬that the laboratory had failed to provide‭ ‬veterinary care and pain relief to suffering animals‭, ‬failed to provide animals with adequate space‭, ‬and failed to train employees—along with nearly 40‭ ‬other violations of the federal‭ ‬Animal Welfare Act‭. ‬Sinclair Research Center paid a penalty of‭ $‬33,000‭ ‬for its violations‭. ‬
After intense pressure from PETA and its supporters‭, ‬Iams agreed to make the following significant changes in its testing program‭:‬‭ ‬
• Iams bowed to pressure and severed its ties with Sinclair Research Center‭. ‬
• Iams ended all invasive and terminal experiments on dogs and cats‭. ‬
• Iams agreed to begin conducting humane in-home tests for palatability studies‭. ‬

According to Iams‭, ‬about 70‭ ‬percent of the animals now in its tests reside at home with their families‭. ‬In these studies‭, ‬people‭ ‬volunteer their companion animals to participate in food and nutrition experiments from the comfort of their own homes‭. ‬The human guardians can easily be trained to feed the animals and properly collect fecal and urine samples for laboratory analysis to determine the quality of the animal’s food‭. “‬In-home‭” ‬studies have been shown to work and have strong scientific support‭, ‬as shown by the successful‭ ‬PetSci‭ ‬program‭, ‬which was developed by Dr‭. ‬Charles Abramson and Dr‭. ‬Timothy‭ ‬Bowser of Oklahoma State University‭. ‬

Even so‭, ‬Iams still keeps up to 700‭ ‬dogs and cats in its Dayton‭, ‬Ohio‭, ‬laboratory for non-invasive nutritional studies‭. ‬They claim that this laboratory provides a decent environment for the animals‭, ‬but they refuse to allow a PETA representative to see inside‭. ‬Iams claims that some studies are too complex for in-home programs‭, ‬but PETA urges Iams to collaborate with veterinary clinics for studies such as these‭. ‬Veterinary clinics regularly see patients who suffer from ailments that a particular dog or cat food might help alleviate‭. ‬

Iams has also refused to end invasive experiments on species other than dogs and cats‭. ‬For one study‭, ‬Iams gave Purdue University nearly‭ $‬200,000‭ ‬to conduct a two-year study in which experimenters taped the tails of mice to the tops of cages to keep their hind legs suspended in the air‭. ‬This was done to cause muscular atrophy—the wasting away of muscle tissue‭. ‬When PETA protested‭, ‬the experiment was cut short‭. ‬

Iams has also fought the release of information from a public university that had conducted a study funded by the company in which a painful disease was induced in dogs‭. ‬What was Iams hiding‭? ‬

Iams has made progress‭, ‬but as an industry leader‭, ‬it must send an even clearer message‭: ‬No animal deserves the fate of those who remain in their laboratories‭. ‬Safe‭, ‬healthy cat and dog food does not require harming cats and dogs‭. ‬

PETA continues to press Iams to ban conducting and‭ ‬funding invasive or terminal experiments on all species and to adopt 100‭ ‬percent humane‭, ‬non-invasive‭, ‬and cage-free‭ “‬in-home‭” ‬testing‭, ‬as many of Iams‭’ compassionate competitors‭ ‬have done‭. ‬

Until‭ ‬Iams agrees‭, ‬we urge consumers to purchase dog and cat food from‭ ‬companies that do not test on animals‭. ‬In the meantime‭, ‬read about some other‭ ‬ways you can help‭ ‬the millions of animals every year who are abused and inadequately cared for‭, ‬all in the name of research‭.‬

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