Ever wonder what happens to the dogs and cats that don’t get adopted at
shelters? Ever wonder what happens to the squirrels, rats, etc. that are
exterminated from homes and other properties because they are a "nuisance"?
Or road kill wildlife? Did you ever think what your dog and cat are really
eating? The following article is shocking… but true, the real eye opener
everyone should know......
What is RENDERING?
Photo: Grinding Process
Products Being Rendered
Rendering is a process that converts waste animal tissue into stable,
value-added materials. Rendering can refer to any processing of animal
products into more useful materials, or more narrowly to the rendering of
whole animal fatty tissue into purified fats like lard or tallow. Rendering
can be carried out on an industrial, farm, or kitchen scale.
The majority of tissue processed comes from slaughterhouses, but also includes restaurant grease and butcher shop trimmings, expired meat from grocery stores, and the carcasses of euthanized and dead animals from animal shelters, zoos and veterinarians. This material can include the fatty tissue, bones, and offal, as well as entire carcasses of animals condemned at slaughterhouses, and those that have died on farms, in transit, etc. The most common animal sources are beef, pork, sheep, and poultry.
Rendering plants often also handle other materials, such as slaughterhouse blood, feathers and hair, but do so using processes distinct from true rendering.
Unfortunately… as hard as it is to believe… the final “product” of this grisly process is sold as a source of protein and fat for making animal feeds.
That’s right… food ingredients to be fed to chickens, pigs, cattle… and you guessed it… dogs & cats!
The Shocking Truth!!!
Every day, hundreds of rendering plants across America ship thousands of pounds of this recycled garbage to ranches, farms, feed lots… and pet food manufacturers.
Each batch of rendered product is labeled… according to its dominant animal source. That’s why on a dog & cat food label you’ll see so many ingredients that look like these…
- Poultry by-product meal
- Meat by-product meal
- Fish meal
- Animal fat
All are products of the rendering process.
This same complex system which converts waste into animal feed has also evolved into a recycling nightmare. That’s because rendering plants are unavoidably processing toxic waste, too.
The dead animals are frequently accompanied by a host of unwanted ingredients. Pesticides enter the rendering process via tainted livestock.
- Fish oil is commonly contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals.
- Dead pets are frequently thrown into the grinder with their flea collars still attached. Insecticide-laced patches found on the skin of slaughtered cattle are also carelessly added to the mix.
- Antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals follow livestock directly into the soup. And drugs given to euthanize pets have been regularly found in the rendered product.
- Unwanted metal contaminants can be traced to a variety of sources including pet collars, ID tags, surgical pins, and needles.
- Even plastics end up getting into the process.
……this is not the end…..
Every day, out-of-date supermarket meats as well as spoiled fish and poultry arrive by the truckload… right in their original Styrofoam trays and shrink wrap. There’s simply no time for the tedious task of unwrapping each individual package of the many thousands of rejected products.
Plastic cattle ID lags, pesticide patches and even the green waste disposal bags containing pets from veterinarians are tossed directly into the pit.
As you can see, literally all of it (plastic, paper, cardboard, and whatever) goes right into the rendering machine.
By now, you must be starting to figure it all out. Much of what goes into dog food is simply what’s left over after the processing of human food. It’s what’s commonly classified as “unfit for human consumption”.
Unfit for Human Consumption, however: Legal for Pet Food!!!
Here’s a short list of some of the unsavory raw materials I’ve already mentioned… plus a few others. All of the following ingredients are appalling… yet each can be lawfully used to make dog food:
- Slaughterhouse waste (organs, heads, hooves, beaks, feet)
- Bread and cereal rejects (cobs, stalks, mill sweepings)
- Contaminated grain middling
- Dying, diseased and disabled farm animals
- Road kill (deer, skunks, and raccoons)
- Distiller fermentation waste
- Spoiled supermarket food
- Dead zoo animals
- Restaurant grease
- Euthanized cats and dogs
The pet food industry can be… at least in part… a sinister waste disposal vehicle for the human food manufacturers… and a way to profit from its own garbage. Many companies practice legal witchcraft by magically turning their trash… into cash!!!
Watch the video [.wmv format]: Pulverizing. Whatever profit that may result from this horrific business is unacceptable from any humane person's point of view. This is an industrial shredder, probably at a rendering plant.
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