|Originally posted by hissy
IAMS was unaware of the cruelty testing going on by an outside company. They hired a person to investigate, the minute they heard about the questionable tactics. The person hired had another agenda(IAMS did not know this) The person documented, filmed and allowed the cruelty to continue so that another organization could make a splash about it.
IAMS no longer employs that outside company to test their products and they are monitoring the new one to be sure it is on the up-and-up. So please stop the rumors about how IAMS is cruel to animals. It is NOT true!
From what we read in Ann Martin's well-researched book published in 2003, "Food Pets Die For," it seems Iams recently stopped testing animals, but that excludes possible testing -- including questionable experiments -- done by other laboratories that are hired by Iams. And of course, Iams is only one of many companies that has been criticized:
One pet food company in particular, Iams, has attracted a lot of negative publicity in the last few years because of the research the company has undertaken. The Sunday Express, a British newspaper, reported on these atrocities in May 2001, "Our investigation has revealed that hundreds of animals suffered incredible agony in experiments desiged to perfect Iams. A huge dossier of research papers exposes how scientists deliberately induced kidney failure and other conditions in dogs and cats. Some experiments involved performing operations on healthy animals that were later killed." (Lucy Johnston, Health Editor, "Iams-Pet Food Cruelty Exposed," Sunday Express, May 27, 2001. Article isn't at Sunday Express website, but is available on Internet, e.g., www.moggies.co.uk/html/iams.html
Procter and Gamble (P&G) purchased Iams in September 1999 and issued a code of ethics. Animal People, an on-line organization devoted to the health and welfare of pets, reported in June 2001 that P&G stated its intention to phase out animal testing as fast as alternatives can be developed and approved by regulators. According to P&G, "The new code of ethics reflects the decision made two years ago by Iams to start no further studies which required euthanasia of cats and dogs. It applies to all Iams research in the development of pet food, regardless of whether it is conducted by universities, our own scientists, or others." (Animal People Online, "Pet Food and Procter and Gamble," June 2001. Article heading listed on page but article is currently inaccessible: www.animalpeoplenews.org/01/67/roster0601.html
Although P&G has stated that the company will phase out animal testing, this does not cover the testing done by outside laboratories. P&G claims it has no way of knowing exactly how many animals these outside labs might use in various experiments for the company. P&G contracts out animal research to various labs when the company does not have enough technicians available. Outside labs "would only report to us the number (animals) used in a final protocol," states Katherine Stitzel, Associate Director at P&G, also claiming that P&G would not know how these tests were conducted. (Katherine Stitzel, P&G Associate Director, interview in UK with Animal People, June 26, 2001.)
Be assured that Iams is not the only pet food company that undertakes animal experimentation. According to the Animal Protection Institute (API), based in California, "Other large pet food manufacturers, including Hill's, Waltham's, and Ralston Purina among others, have funded, sponsored or conducted many studies that caused significant pain, discomfort or distress, used invasive procedures and/or resulted in the death of the subject animals." (Lawrence Carter-Long, "Stop Torturing Animals for Pet Food Research," Animal Protection Institute, Press release, August 6, 2001. www.api4animals.org/1058.htm
The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection has uncovered alarming evidence of animal testing by pet food manufacturers not only in the United States but internationally. (Search for: "Shocking exposÃ© - pet food companies experiment on cats & dogs (23/6/00)" at www.buav.org/f_presscentre.html