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    Thought this would interest rawfeeders and supporters. It's an article from the highly rated truthaboutpetfood site.

    VERY Bad News for Raw Feeders




    Attention anyone that feeds raw meat pet food or manufacturers of raw meat pet foods...the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is about to vote on a policy against the feeding of raw meat pet food. If you want to protect your rights to feed a raw meat pet food, I suggest you take action before this gets approved.

    Dr. Amy Nesselrodt - veterinarian - first alerted me to this serious situation. She shared that at an upcoming meeting (August 2 or 3, 2012) the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine will vote to create a policy to "discourage the feeding to cats and dogs of any animal source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens because of the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans."

    Why would the AVMA initiate an official policy discouraging the feeding of raw pet food? What is this action based on?

    It took two phone calls, but I eventually spoke with AVMA media relations Assistant Director Sharon Curtis Granskog (early Friday July 13, 2012). She explained the policy would be voted on by the board during the early August meeting. I asked if any veterinarian that works for Big Pet Food is on that board; not to her knowledge. I asked for a list of name of those voting (to confirm no veterinarian of Big Pet Food was on this board). I asked for the contact information of someone for pet owners to write to in order to express their opinion on this proposed policy. She promised to provide that information to me by end of day (Friday July 13). No information. No information Monday July 17. I left another voice mail message with Ms. Granskog on Tuesday 7/18. No return call, no email.

    It certainly appears that the AVMA does not want pet owners involved in this decision.

    Since the AVMA didn't bother to provide contact information for pet owners to reply to - as they promised - the following is contact information taken from the AVMA website. If you would like to contact the AVMA and express your opinion on the proposed policy against the feeding of raw meat pet foods -

    Headquarters:
    1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
    Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
    Phone: 800.248.2862 Fax: 847.925.1329

    Governmental Relations Division:
    1910 Sunderland Place, NW
    Washington, DC 20036-1642
    Phone: 800.321.1473, Fax: 202.842.4360

    General Email: avmainfo@avma.org (type in the subject line: AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine)

    My opinion...(and my message sent to AVMA)
    AVMA, all meat is dangerous. We, pet owners - and you, the voting delegates of AVMA - take a risk each time you pick up a package of ground beef or chicken legs at the grocery. Raw pet food is NO more dangerous than any trip to the meat department of any grocery across the country.

    However, there is one significant difference...most all pet owners that feed a raw meat pet food are fully aware of the risk. They are educated pet food consumers and they understand the need to handle the food properly. Perhaps this is reason why there has never been an incident of human illness linked to a raw meat pet food. But to the contrary of raw meat pet food, there HAS been numerous cases of human illness linked to a kibble pet food (in the U.S. and in Canada). If your true basis of this policy is concern of human or pet illness, the AVMA would not be taking a stance solely against raw meat pet foods. There is no medical evidence, and further, science proves raw meat in the grocery, rare meat on the grill, raw meat pet food, and kibble pet food ALL pose a similar risk to humans and pets.

    Should you decide to pass the policy against raw meat pet foods, we (pet owners) will know why. It will be crystal clear. We'll know that Big Pet Food has bought and paid for this policy and your vote. Won't it be a sad day when a national veterinary organization proves they actually work for Big Pet Food instead of working to protect the health of animals.


    Added after original post: Here is the concern...When/if a national veterinary organization takes the public stance raw pet foods are dangerous, lobby organizations (such as PFI representing all the big kibble manufacturers) could take this 'opinion' to law makers. Their goal could be the future ban of all raw pet foods. Law makers, not knowing the truth about raw pet foods, would look solely at the opinion of AVMA and things could get out of hand quickly. Because there is no scientific foundation to base this policy on, and as well because the AVMA is seemingly trying to get this accomplished without much notice from pet owners (not responding to my queries) - I am very concerned there is more than meets the eye behind this policy.


    Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
    Susan Thixton
    Pet Food Safety Advocate
    TruthaboutPetFood.com
    PetsumerReport.com

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    Wow isn't that something. Man they try to mess up everything. I hope lots of people write them

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    I irks me to a tee. We all know Vets are the worse at knowing and recommending foods, It is horrible that they are trying to control it! Maybe a meat grinder is in my future.

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    These people make less money if we feed raw, this is just like the whole New York thing on pop (no pops larger than 16 oz)

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    Hmmmmm makes me wonder.... The AVMA has probably figured out they are losing their customers down to just annual check ups and booster shots! Believe me, your vet wants you to come back with skin and allergy issues, that is how they make a living! Then they can pump your dog full of antibiotics and steroids that they make money on! Then the antibiotics cause a yeast infection a month later so more money when you come back. Sorry I really dislike vets when it comes to nutrition, they need to butt out!


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    I think they need to grow a conscience.

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    I must admit that when we first considered raw, the only reason my bf and I were holding back was because of the cleanliness and germs issue. It took a couple of weeks for us to become comfortable with our mentor's answers. But we switched with no regret because of the amazing results. All we wanted from the diet to do was to control Stiggy's allergies, and it did so fantastically.

    It's all about fear mongering with some vets. Or to put it more eloquently ... "Don't knock it until you try it".
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    This is so ridiculous. I wouldn't be surprised if they vote to discourage raw feeding. That association only cares about the money. It's so hard to find a vet that actually gives a crap. I don't even feed raw and this makes me mad. I get so upset when I hear about this and that being banned. Live and let live. Leave me the hell alone! I sent an email to them and I hope everyone else does as well. This is what I wrote (Is it a little much?):

    I urge AVMA to not create the policy on discouraging raw pet food. Vets are suppose to care about the wellbeing of animals. Creating a policy like this is going against that. This will be putting more money into the big pet food corporations that pretend to care about the health of animals. Not ALL kibble makers are horrible, but in my opinion most are. How many recalls have there been, how many skin and allergy issues do animals have, all because they eat low quality kibble. I refuse to go or trust an opinion of a vet that sells any low quality food. This policy is only going to encourage selling more low quality product. Please take heed that this policy will eventually get out of hand and allow the big pet food corporations and lobbyists to try and take our right away to feed raw pet foods/meats. Don't allow them to take our rights away. I'm not against all the pet food makers, what I am against is NOT having options. You are the AMERICAN Veterinary Medical Association, aren't you? Please consider that this may affect AMERICAN pet owners RIGHTS!

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    Land of the FREE!

    But if something gets passed over there, it's just a matter of time before it gets to here. Our weak politicians without balls do everything their friends from bigger countries say. With globalization lobbies now reach all over the world.

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    This is the most ridiculous piece of I think I have ever seen. Ridiculous! People eat raw all of the time, why shouldn't our pets? Sushi anyone? Poke, sashimi, any tartar, raw egg....you get the idea. The vast majority of RAW feeders are quite aware of how to handle meat properly, so the risk of illness is slim.

    I wonder if they realize how seriously RAW feeders take the issue of their pet's health and their RIGHT to feed them the healthiest diet available. Unbelievable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bella'sMom View Post
    I irks me to a tee. We all know Vets are the worse at knowing and recommending foods, It is horrible that they are trying to control it! Maybe a meat grinder is in my future.
    You're going to grind up those meddling veterinarians? Wow. You ARE passionate on this issue. Love that.

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