Oh boy, stupid PETA. They trying to get this rumor going again
What else is new with those IDIOTS. Actually, I would NOT buy a pet food from a company, that did not test on animals. Just because they say Iams conducts animal testing, does not make it wrong. These tests are animal feed tests, where they test the quality and taste of the food, on the animals that the food is made for. However, the animals shoud be cared for humanely. Anyone can make a pet food and say it has all the nutrients in it that the animal requires. However, there is a lot more to it than that. There has to be the proper balance of the nutrients, in order for them to be of any good. For example: Your cat needs calcium in his/her diet. However, without the proper ratio of phosphorus to calium, the calcium will not get absorbed by the body properly. To much phosphorus will cause the body to draw calcium from the bones. No phosphorus or not enough, will not allow the body to absorb the calcium properly. There are other vitamins and minerals that work the same way. ANY high quality pet food will have this or similar statement on the food label. "Animal feeding tests using Association of American Feed Control Officials AAFCO procedures substantiate that (pet food name) provides complete and balanced nutrition". Some labels will state that the food is formulated to meet the requirements of the AAFCO. Any food that has not been tested or at least meets the guidelines by the AAFCO, should not be used. From what I have read, workers at a private company hired to do the tests for Iams, were the ones abusing or not properly caring for the animals. (This is my understanding) I also believe that once Iams found out about this, they quickly stopped using this compnay. As for PETA well, they tell nothing but lies, so don't believe ANYTHING they have to say. This goes for the other AR nut jobs. Just ask PETA how ETHICAL they were, in the treatment their members gave kittens, their mother and puppies that were ready for adoption from a veterinarian in North Carolina last year. These PETA memebrs took the mother cat, the kittens and puppies to the back of their van. They KILLED them and dumped their little bodies in a dumpster behind a store. These memebrs were quickly arrested for their actions. I bet some of you are thinking well, this was the action of just a few of PETA's memebrs and not the action of the whole group. Not so. Ingrid Newkirk, PETA's not so wonderful leader, made a statement something like: This is not how we normally dispose of animals. In other words, she didn't care one bit that PETA memebrs killes these poor animals, she was just upset on how they got rid of them. You can get the facts about this right here--->http://www.petakillsanimals.com/index.cfm
So please, don't listen to PETA. Unfortunately, our law makers listen to these AR people and that is the reason I am in the situation I am in now. Look at those beautiful faces in my sig. If these AR (Anima Rights) wackos get their way, I could loose them all
As for Iams, I feed my domestics Eukanuba and they will not eat anything else. The main ingrediant in Eukanuba is chicken and they use rice instead of corn. If you are worried about by-products, it's not such a bad thing, as long as it is not the main ingrediant. Same goes for corn. The food should have meat listed as the very firsy ingrediant, no meal or by-product. I also have a hard time keeping my exotics away from the Eukanuba. I let them eat some once in a while, as a treat, but this food was not formulated for exotic/wild cats. They get an all raw meat diet, mainly raw chicken with bones, liver, beef, giblets with an added supplement designed for these cats.