I think Cindy has already done a very good job of expressing my opinion, too. Chixyb mentioned the UC Davis. I once lost a beloved 7-year-old Siamese to kidney disease. The only thing that could have saved her was a kidney transplant, which was unavailable here at the time. In 1987, UC Davis became the pioneer in feline kidney transplants, and I'm sure that was only possible because of experimentation on live animals, i.e., animal testing. As a pet owner, I obviously must
have mixed emotions about it.
As to Peta: When I first read Peta's report about Iams last spring, I was also horrified, especially because Eukanuba is one of the foods I give JC, and wrote to Iams. This is the reply I got:
On behalf of Iams president, Jeffrey P. Ansell, thank you for sharing your feelings with us. Iâ€™m glad you wrote because it gives me the chance to update you on the events that inspired your message.
On March 25, we learned that nutritional studies being conducted for us at an independent facility in the U.S. may have violated our companyâ€™s strict research policy. On March 26, we completed an unannounced visit of the facility to review procedures and ensure the well-being of dogs and cats at the site. Then on March 27, we made the decision to end all research activities with this facility.
We moved quickly following the visit to the research facility. Although the facility recently passed government inspections (USDA, FDA and the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care), it did not meet our high standards for dog and cat care. As Jeff Ansell has stated, â€œWe believe our research policy represents industry-leading standards of care. These standards are high and they must be met.â€
We worked with the facility to relocate 19 metabolism study dogs to an Iams-owned facility where they will be well cared for and placed in our pet adoption program. In addition, we have launched a full and immediate review of all independent research facilities used by Iams for our pet nutrition studies.
We conduct and sponsor research designed to advance scientific understanding of how superior nutrition can enhance pet health and well-being. We only conduct research with dogs and cats that is equivalent to nutritional or medical studies acceptable on people. We make our decisions based on the well-being of the dogs and cats, and based on compliance with our research policy.
If you would like to read about our research policy in more detail, it is posted on our website at: http://www.iams.com/en_US/jhtmls/faq...&pagetypeid=FQ
(or go to www.iamsco.com
and access this document through the horizontal navigation bar by clicking onto News/Stories.)
We are deeply committed to dog and cat well-being and our research policy reflects that.
Thank you again for contacting us with your feedback, and for giving us the opportunity to respond. I hope our actions detailed in this message have convinced you that we are worthy of your trust. If you have further questions or concerns, please write back to me. We will also be updating the information on our company web site at www.iamsco.com,
when we have more to report.
Iams Consumer Care