|Barked: Fri Sep 7, '12 7:33pm PST |
|I still don't see any real evidence that Beneful is directly killing dogs.
I believe dogs fed Beneful will most likely have weak immune systems from lack of good nutrients, having to work too hard to get those nutrients out of such a difficult to digest product, carb, sugar and chemical overload. This will make them appear sicker.
I believe dogs with a tendancy toward inflammatory conditions like yeast infections or hot spots, cancers or diabetes will be far more likely to have such conditions occur if fed a sugar and carb-heavy food like Beneful.
But I do not believe there is a singular toxic substance in Beneful that is causing common symptoms leading to the death of dogs.
For one thing, I know too many dogs who eat it. It's an extremely popular food, despite all it's issues. They're still kickin'. Many are kickin' through fat and skin conditions, but they are quite alive.
Because of that, I can't get on board with the idea that Beneful should some how be banned or "taken down." No more than I can get on board with the idea that McDonalds should be banned. It is a choice what we feed or eat. You can take a dog with a fish allergy and feed him Wellness Core's fish formula, and he will absolutely fall apart and it IS the food causing it - but it doesn't mean Wellness should be banned. It means his owner needs to research and find better options.
That being said, I do believe dog food industry standards need to be revisited. I do not believe the current AAFCO tests are enough. A 6 month trial feeding should not be sufficent to label ANY food "complete and balanced" as the only thing you feed for your dog's entire life. Labels like these are misleading, inspire a false sense of security and impair efforts to educate.
I don't believe you should be allowed to use images in advertising that do not represent the product in the bag. For example, I have seen bags of Beneful with hunks of salmon and beef on the bag, when in fact the food contains "poultry by-product meal" and is sprayed with beef fat. No salmon or actual beef meat.
That's the sort of thing that needs to be addressed. Not whether or not sugar should be legally allowed in dog food.
Edited by author Fri Sep 7, '12 7:40pm PST
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