Next week on August 2 or 3, 2012,
the AVMA (American Veterinary
Medical Association) will vote to
adopt a policy against raw feeding
of cats and dogs.
The resolution to be voted on,
titled POLICY ON RAW OR
UNDERCOOKED ANIMAL-SOURCE PROTEIN IN
CAT AND DOG DIETS, takes the
“The AVMA discourages the
feeding to cats and dogs of any
animal-source protein that has
not first been subjected to a
process to eliminate pathogens
because of the risk of illness
to cats and dogs as well as
The full resolution can be found
document, page 12.
On July 18th, the AVMA posted a
blog entry titled The Facts
on AVMA’s Proposed Policy on Raw Pet
Food Diets. The post is
intended to clear up
“misinformation” the AVMA feels is
in the public domain concerning the
In my view, the July 18 post
doesn’t clear up a thing.
In order to clear up
“misinformation” about their raw
feeding policy, the AVMA must be
forthcoming about what’s really
behind it. Why a formal resolution
against all forms of raw or
“undercooked” pet food? And why now?
The only type of pet food and
treats under near-constant recall
for potentially deadly contaminants
is the processed stuff. Year in and
year out, it is mass marketed
processed pet food and treats that
cause illness and death in dogs,
cats and people.
So why the sudden need for a
formal policy banning a type of pet
food that is not and has never been
the cause of product recalls,
illness or death?
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