Told you you would get some flack on here. It is an immediate defense without even checking it out for themselves. At least there is one other person on here that knows the truth, maybe someday, everyone else will actually pay attention.
if i remember correctly, iams was using great danes for this study. when they were developing large breed formulas. they would kill them when they were still young to see the effect on their growth as it compared to different formulas. iams has always been up front about it. they never did deny it. but they don't do it anymore. i have read many aspca reports documenting follow ups on this.
That was only one tiny thing that they have done, I do believe that they do not use great danes anymore but I KNOW that they still do the same testing on other breeds. I have seen videos of whole litters of beagle pups. Alot of animal shelters will actually sell their animals to companies like IAMS to be tested on. Also, IAMS buys alot of dogs and cats from brokers, they buy by the litter.
personally, I am glad to find this out. I have bought Iams my last time. My dogs won't eat it anyway, it is always wasted. Maybe their smarter than us at times. I am a real animal lover and that makes me sick.
i would imagine they do buy dogs and cats. who else is going to do the taste testing ? and of course they would need to test on whether it is nutrtionally balanced as it states it is. if pups and kittens grow healthy from eating their foods. and if it maintains an adult dogs and cats health. are these things you do not need to know when purchasing a food. i sure would like to know if something is nutrionally balanced for my pets before i feed it. and since iams has always been upfront about what they did, i would seriously doubt they would be stupid enough to continue on with the same practices after having been found out.
My 11 month old Dalmatian LOVES Iams Large Breed Formula. It is recommended that he eats that because he could be a possible urinary tract stone former. I intend on keeping him on that regardless of whether they test on animals. Sorry, got to think of my dog, not those others. Personally, I don't think Iams use those practices anymore. And if a few great danes were used to develop a dog food for large breeds so that those dogs can develop properly, is that such a bad thing? Sacrificing a couple of dogs so that millions of other dogs can have a better quality of life sort of equals out. I'm not saying I agree with all animal testing....but if some dogs that were say going to get put down anyway were humanly killed for testing the new dog food, I can justify it. Now testing make up and cosmetics on animals I don't agree with. But if there is a good reason for it (AND the animal is humanly treated), I agree in some cases.
I emailed Iams about this several months ago when this topic arose again for the hundredth time on this forum and others I frequent. This is their reply Dear Mrs Hamby On behalf of Iams president, Jeffrey P. Ansell, thank you for sharing your opinions in regards to our research policy. We appreciate the influence you have among your peers, and we hope the news within this message will help restore your confidence in our commitment to the health and well-being of dogs and cats. On March 25 2003, we learned that nutritional studies being conducted for us at an independent facility in the U.S. may have violated our company's strict research policy. On March 26 2003, we completed an unannounced visit of the facility to review procedures and ensure the well-being of dogs and cats at the site. Then on March 27 2003, we made the decision to end all research activities with this facility. We moved quickly following the visit to the research facility. Although the facility recently passed government inspections (USDA, FDA and the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care), it did not meet our high standards for dog and cat care. As Jeff Ansell has stated, "We believe our research policy represents industry-leading standards of care. These standards are high and they must be met." We are working with the facility to relocate 19 metabolism study dogs to an Iams-owned facility where they will be well cared for and placed in our pet adoption program. In addition, we have launched a full and immediate review of all independent research facilities used by Iams for our pet nutrition studies. We conduct and sponsor research designed to advance scientific understanding of how superior nutrition can enhance pet health and well-being. We only conduct research with dogs and cats that is equivalent to nutritional or medical studies acceptable on people. We make our decisions based on the well-being of the dogs and cats, and based on compliance with our research policy. If you would like to read about our research policy in more detail, it is posted on our website at: www.Iamsco.com and access this document through the horizontal navigation bar by clicking onto News/Stories.) We are deeply committed to dog and cat well-being and our research policy reflects that. Thank you again for contacting us with your feedback, and for giving us the opportunity to respond. Sincerely, Cindy Achor Group Manager Iams Consumer Care
I decided to switch from Iams when I read this.... but even if you do not believe that... the lady where I buy my dog's food said not to buy Eukanubia... She suggested Wellness. She compared Eukanubia as vienna sausage and Wellness to prime rib........ so if you are worried about your dog's health, maybe you should still switch... I don't know ...that is what she told me. I'm sure everyone has their own opinion.... I always thought I was doing good by buying Eukanubia. Before I got on this forum, I thought Eukanubia was the "high end" dog food. So much for what I know!
boxer = i fed iams to my dogs for years. thunder has eaten it since he was a puppy. princess came to us eating it so then i switched my dog stosh to it so they all ate the same thing. stosh lived to 15 1/2 years old eating iams adult food. my guys aren't eating it now only cause of scouts itchy skin. i wouldn't say it is bad food but there are better foods and worse foods. considering floyds breed disposition to stones keep him on what works well for him.
Um, the fact that Iams is CRAP should be enough reason not to feed it- I still don't understand why people feed their dogs chicken feed (corn) and crow about how great it is. The fact is- there are MUCH better foods out there- and ANY dog on Iams or Euk or any other corn based diet, WILL do better on a better kibble. Dogs can't process corn. You're feeding twice what you would with a better food. Duh. And whoever said that Iams Large Breed formula will protect against stones is VERY misinformed. :(