Most Americans oppose medical experiments on trapped animals. It’s no surprise that this is particularly true for traditional companion animals like dogs and cats.
Given this consumer preference, we’d like to know why two of the largest makers of dog food in the US running large experimentation facilities in which dogs and cats are trapped and experimented upon. Consider this:
Purina (owned by Nestle) has nearly 1,400 cats and dogs trapped in a medical experimentation facility in St. Joseph, Missouri. Here’s the report they filed with USDA admitting as much.
Hill’s Pet Food Nutrition has 975 cats and dogs trapped in a facility in Topeka, Kansas. Here’s their report for proof.
Once a large corporation begins caging thousands of animals in facilities to use them as test tubes, suffering is inevitable. There’s no way for them to get the individual medical and social attention they need. And often, it’s worse than simple neglect.
Boiled to Death: To give one example of the dangers in keeping thousands of cats and dogs trapped to be used as test tubes, consider this: in 2017, one of the cats Purina keeps at this facility was accidentally, effectively, boiled to death. Here’s how the USDA inspector that had to write this up put it:
“The cat…went unnoticed by the staff…The large, dark gray holding/transport device was then sent to the enclosure wash. Upon completion of the cleaning cycle, the cat was found deceased in the enclosure.” Source
Hill’s Hasn’t Even Been Inspected
We would detail a few abuses at Hill’s facility, but get this: Hill’s has managed to avoid even being inspected by USDA in the last three years. (Try searching for their ID, which is 48-R-0039 on this USDA website for inspection reports, and you’ll see proof of that sad fact.) So we simply don’t know what the conditions are for these animals.
Unknown Number of Deaths
Purina and Hill’s aren’t mandated to disclose how many dogs and cats are killed at these facilities, so we have no way of knowing the extent of the suffering, or how many tragedies are resulting from any of us purchasing products like Science Diet, Fancy Feast, One, or Beneful.
Hill’s Latest Recall Proves These Tests Don’t Work
In case you missed it, last month Hill’s announced a recall of canned dog food (brands including Science Diet and Prescription Diet) because of dangerously high levels of vitamin D, which can make dogs gravely ill.
Our Letter to Purina’s CEO
Last month we wrote Purina’s CEO, Joseph R. Sivewright, to respectfully ask him to consider bringing Purina into the 20th century and closing this blighted facility.
Unfortunately, no one at Purina even acknowledged our letter. As such, we’re mailing consumer alerts to households with dogs and cats to consumers in select U.S. markets advising them of how Purina does business, and encouraging them to choose from the many dog/cat food companies that don’t do invasive tests on thousands of animals trapped anonymously in a testing facility. (See an example of this mailer below).