I was at the vet today. One of our kids (i.e., our dogs) needed to have his bad teeth cleaned/removed. He now has considerably fewer teeth than he had this morning :(
While at the vet, I was informed that Royal Canin is moving its pet food production to Shanghai for local supply.
Most pet foods require meat as a vital ingredient.
In populous China where human life is not valued (eg, injured children are murdered by the culprit because compensation for a young life taken is cheaper than medical costs) and the concept of humanitarian treatment of animals is almost non-existent (eg, ripping fur off foxes while they are still alive and then dumping their bodies to one side to die of shock in the Winter cold; the online videos are too horrific to link to), the cost of feeding your pets with pet food produced in China would almost certainly be the inhumane, cruel and painful factory-style rearing and execution of other animals.
I won't be feeding pet food manufactured in China to our kids.
- Inhumane animal rearing and slaughtering absolutely occurs in most countries around the world. It could only be worse in China where financial wealth is important above all else.
- Big pet food manufacturers around the world source a lot of the necessary protein from animals including road-kill, slaughter-house left-overs and dead/euthanised pets. The combination of these 'meat' sources in pet food is usually listed under the general term "meal"; eg "meat-and-bone-meal". Pets eating the pet food therefore unknowingly become cannibals. Here at home, we feed our kids Three Dog Bakery pet food because it's wholesome, natural and doesn't use any "meal" protein. The source of the protein is very specific for each kind of pet food; eg, chicken, fish, lamb or even sweet potato.
- While most of our kids eat Three Dog Bakery food, some of them are now on prescription diets; renal protection, moderated blood sugar, etc. These are only available from the big companies such as Science Diet and Royal Canin although we'd like to investigate preparing our own food for them.
- Royal Canin might claim that the quality of the pet food produced in China will not differ to the food produced in France. They might claim that production has moved to China to provide 'fresher' pet food for their customers. Will they report that moving production to Shanghai will reduce their costs (which unfortunately is necessary if you want to sell to the domestic China market)? I wonder. Can they guarantee that the animals slaughtered to provide the meat for their products are reared and slaughtered humanely? Can they guarantee that euthanised pets (or pets battered to a bloody death by the police) will not become an ingredient of their pet food?
- In China, corruption allowed milk farmers and milk powder manufacturers to produce milk powder that poisoned and killed many human babies; without remorse. How much consideration would these same people give to animals that they rear and slaughter for profit?