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URGENT: If You Feed Raw or Plan to in the Future, PLEASE READ THIS by Dr. Becker

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 following position:

“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 humans.”

The full resolution can be found in this 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 policy.

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? (more)

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