It’s Killing Eagles but the FDA says it’s safe for pets!

It’s Killing Eagles but the FDA says it’s safe for pets!

Just when you think you’ve seen it all and nothing would be too surprising to learn or read about the pet food industry, you stumble across something that causes your jaw to drop. I stumbled across something that proves once again – you can’t be too careful about the food and treats you give to your pet. Here is what I stumbled on…

First – a little background information. Back in 2002, the FDA released a report of their 2 year study/testing finding pentobarbital (the drug used to euthanize animals) in pet food. Their findings were that many brands of pet foods – purchased right off of store shelves – contained the euthanizing drug pentobarbital. With that finding, the FDA began an 8 week test to see if levels of pentobarbital in pet food could be harmful to pets. The FDA testing showed that the amounts of pentobarbital in pet food would not harm pets (even though their study only tested dogs). I won’t even go near the topic of where the pentobarbital came from (for now!). You should know that the FDA ran their testing on 42 twelve week old Beagles – and again the testing was only for 8 weeks.

Point number one – pentobarbital WAS found in many pet foods yet was determined by the FDA not to be harmful to pets. And one more time – the testing to determine this only lasted 8 weeks even though pets might be eating this euthanizing drug in food their entire life.

So, to the point of this email – I just stumbled upon a US Fish and Wildlife report that pentobarbital is considered an environmental hazard – “responsible for the deaths of over 140 Bald and Golden Eagles in recent years – as well as numerous other wildlife and dogs.” Other wildlife named in the report were California Condors, Vultures, Hawks, Wood Storks, Gulls, Crows, Ravens, Bears, Lynxes, Foxes, Bobcats, and Cougars.

This report stated the reason the wildlife was exposed to pentobarbital is from access to euthanized carcasses of farm animals and small animals in land fills. “Poisonings due to accidental feeding of tainted meat to captive animals have also been reported.”

In big bold letters the report stated “Poisoning of eagles or other wild birds, even if accidental, violates Federal law!” This report also stated that Veterinarians and livestock owners have been recently fined for ‘involuntary killing’ of eagles. “Veterinarians must inform clients that a pentobarbital euthanized carcass is poisonous and requires proper disposal. The client needs to know that the carcass can poison and kill scavenging animals, including federally protected species, other wildlife, or even pet dogs.”

Point number two – Even though the FDA determined through their eight week test that pentobarbital in pet food was NOT harmful to our pets, the US Fish and Wildlife Agency is saying that pentobarbital euthanized carcasses is killing wildlife, including endangered species. Do we have a conflict between Federal Agencies?

As I wondered about the ‘conflict’ between the FDA and the US Fish and Wildlife Agency, I continued to dig a little further, and that’s when I found the jaw dropper document. I wondered if the FDA had any information regarding the US Fish and Wildlife report – and low and behold, I found something…

Dated July 21, 2003 (a little over a year after the FDA’s report that pentobarbital found in pet food was determined to be safe for our pets to consume) – the FDA posted a change in the labeling requirements for pentobarbital and a change in the definitions. Below are the quoted changes…

“Special considerations. Product labeling shall bear the following warning statements: ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD: This product is toxic to wildlife. Birds and mammals feeding on treated animals may be killed. Euthanized animals must be properly disposed of by deep burial, incineration, or other method in compliance with state and local laws, to prevent consumption of carcass material by scavenging wildlife.”

And “Limitations. Do not use in animals intended for food. Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.”

So this is what we have…pentobarbital is in some ingredients that are commonly used in pet foods and treats. Pets are consuming pentobarbital as you read this right now. There are manufacturers out there that continue to secretly test their products to see how much pentobarbital is in their foods and treats – I know this as fact because two doctors at a testing lab just shared with me they have done pentobarbital testing in pet foods very recently (they were bragging on their experience and didn’t realize what the information they shared meant to me!). Of course they did not share what pet food manufacturer they were testing for, we can only guess on that information. But the point here is that the drug is still in pet food. Euthanized animals are being rendered and the end ingredients become ingredients used in pet food.

Pentobarbital euthanized animal carcasses are killing wildlife. The FDA’s own rules for the drug specify its limitations ‘not for use in animals intended for food.’ Yet it’s still there. Granted, and geez I hate to give them this, the amount of pentobarbital in pet food – since it is found in only some pet food and pet treat ingredients (but some VERY commonly used ingredients) – is not at the same levels as would be consumed by wildlife in a euthanized carcass. But c’mon folks (FDA, CVM, and AAFCO) – can you not add two and two and come up with four?

Funny thing, every time I add two and two I get four – every single time. Personally, I think the FDA should again test pet food for pentobarbital and ANY dog food, cat food, dog treat, or cat treat (and any other animal feed for that matter) that contains even the slightest bit of the drug – the manufacturer should be heavily fined. With respect to our national treasures – the Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles…“The laws provide for substantial fines and prison sentences in criminal cases. For example, the maximum fine for violating the Eagle Act is $100,000.00 for a person or $200,000.00 for an organization and one year in prison.” Under Federal Law ‘intent’ in not required for conviction – criminal convictions require the violation be ‘knowingly’ committed. With respect to our pets…we’ve got a ‘knowingly’ committed act. The guilty pet food manufacturers knowingly purchase ingredients that contain pentobarbital. Yet no one fines them for breaking the law.

Eagles are a national treasure – no grey area there. I’ve been blessed to see a wild Eagle once (so far) in my lifetime. But our pets are a treasure as well. They enhance our lives. They might not be a national symbol – but they are a family symbol. They ARE family.

One year (2002) the FDA determines pentobarbital in pet food is perfectly safe for our pets to consume, and the very next year (2003) they determine pentobarbital an environmental hazard responsible for killing over 140 eagles. Did they forget about our pets? I think so.

One more quote from the FDA document dated July 21, 2003…”This rule does not meet the definition of “rule” in 5 U.S.C. 804(3)(A) because it is a rule of “particular applicability.” Therefore, it is not subject to the congressional review requirements in 5 U.S.C. 801-808.” I’m just guessing that the above quote means ‘let’s keep this quiet. After all, if people find out about this, we might have to go back and change what we said about pet food.’ Just a guess.

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