Originally Posted by valanhb
I agree with you in the development of food. Such as, the food is theoretically nutritious and delicious - let's see if the animals will actually eat it and do well on it.
However, in this case they had reports that the food was causing death. So instead of testing the food, they fed it to a bunch of animals to see if it would kill them. They delayed telling the public that there could be a problem for a month. And it seems that they are just now getting around to testing the actual food.
Yes, tainting does happen in every manufactured food chain. However, looking back at the spinich incident, they saw a pattern of people getting sick. They figured out what food product was behind it. They pulled it and figured out why later. They didn't feed it to 40-50 people to see how many would get sick or die before telling the public...
See I'm with Gingersmom on this. I really don't like the idea that animals were
put to death, trust me.
However, working in Computer support for example (even though I know
these are opposite things...just follow me here) I've learned that I can't believe that someone is having a problem or can help resolve the issue
if I do not see the evidence of the problem my self.
This is whether its happening to me as well (such as emails are not being sent), its just happening on one users computer, etc.
In the business world, I'm not killing anyone if emails don't get sent (just the customer service
). But do you see my point? Since it was only 10 animals reported
and Menu foods were be accused of this, they had to verify somehow
that their products were indeed causing the kidney failure.
To prove this 100% a few animals had to be sacrificed. It is sad, but that's science. Running a bunch of tests in labs without the use of animals, yes would've cost more, BUT it would've taken longer too.
How many more pet owners would've had to suffer in the loss of their animals because they decided to test animal-free? These results could've taken WEEKS to be confirmed and then the recall would've happen X weeks later then it already has.