PET FOOD CRUELTIES: THE BACKSTORY
FDA forbid feeding growth hormones to chickens but forced-molting starvation is a horrible cruelty that creates a greater health risk to your family and pets.
May 2017 | TheDogPress.com
Barbara J. Andrews, Editor-In-Chief
This 2017 FDA alert sounds like a “cover your ass” on something we covered over a decade ago. Surely they are not feeding growth hormones again? TheDogPress covered the growth hormone practice which resulted in chicken farmers injecting the hormone into the chicken’s necks which among other things, put a NC mink farm out of business.
But there’s a lot more to this table food–animal cruelty story. The message here is about animal cruelty you would rather not think about. We’ll risk that because you should realize that the only humane option if you eat eggs or chicken may be a backyard (or rooftop) chicken coop.
Jean Townsend sent this warning “potential presence of thyroid hormones in pet foods” in which FDA says “pet food and treats made with livestock gullets (meat from the throat region) have the potential to contain thyroid tissue and thyroid hormones. Pets that eat food or treats containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs and usually triggered by thyroid cancer”.
The practice of injecting growth hormones into chicken necks began decades ago as a way to get around FDA restrictions on marketing poultry raised on hormone-laden “starter” foods. TheDogPlace.org covered that indigestible fact and warned readers to stop giving chicken necks to their dogs, something most “big dog” breeders did and we down-south people often use a chicken neck to flavor beans or rice.
FDA lists potential symptoms of hyperthyroidism as “excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death”.
Poultry doesn’t exactly get your protective instincts going. Not as cuddly as pandas and they don’t evoke the same heart-tugs as do dolphins and whales. I guess we really did come from the sea eh? We never pecked nor flew and we do eat chickens - but we should never tolerate torturing them!
So are you ready for this? We have uncovered something even worse than the hormone problem which affects our health and that of our dogs. But there is an unthinkable cruelty done the chickens. A 3 week starvation practice!!! Imagine if you can, millions of laying hens being starved to near-death just to stimulate their metabolism when food is restored. For what? So that they will go into a forced molt and pump out a few more eggs before being slaughtered for your table. Excuse me while I throw up!
It’s bad enough that laying hens spend their entire lives in a tiny cage they can barely move in. And don’t be misled by “free range” poultry. There seems to be no regulation over sales gimmicks and false claims and don’t expect the Animal Rights activists to activate over such animal cruelty issues…
For at least two torturous weeks, the imprisoned hens get nothing but starvation, the ultimate cruelty! Not a speck of mash, not even a bug unless they are quick enough to catch a fly as it feeds on the open sores resulting from having been pecked damn near to death by the starving flock. That’s right, when going through the starvation practice, uncaged birds reach a point of desperation in which they try to eat each other!
Many die from the stress alone. When food is finally given, many starving hens choke to death in their frantic effort to swallow. Note: have you ever wondered what happened to those big fat stewing hens you used to buy? Now you know. Stop the cruelty. Buy organic.
Quoting a published report: “...a decrease in immunocompetence due primarily to a depressed T-cell (thymus immunity) response and “Forced molting” is incredibly cruel but it is legal! A hemorrhagic gastrointestinal tract increases shedding of and susceptibility to Salmonella Enteritidis....”
Starvation forces molting which predisposes hens to salmonella infection. The AVMA and USDA is well aware of the link between forced starvation and food-borne illness. JAVA published an article last year stating that salmonella can be prevented by preventing infections in the flock. Animal rights groups like HSUS and PETA don’t seem to care, and revealingly, AVMA ignored requests from its own veterinarians who urged the association to adopt a humane position.
You can try calling, faxing and e-mailing your politicians. I doubt anything will stop the horrible abuses in the livestock industry because we all have to eat. “They” know that. They count on it.
Where is The Colonel????