Well, I've bought my first AND LAST bag of Iams dog food. I just can't read stuff like that, but what I did read (one paragraph) was enough. I bought Iams because I think my dog has a food allergy but I guess I'll try something else. THANKS
there was a huge billboard in tucson with a cute, sad beagle puppy, and all it says is iamsodead.com. i had no idea until i saw that, and of course, had in the past fed iams. gross, gross gross. i posted the link during a animal testing thread to back up my point, and i was sort of amazed that it wasn't commented on. but i'm a new girl and perhaps this is old hat. i thought eukanuba and iams were the same company, but i didn't see it under the "other" pet foods. has anyone else heard that?
Petco and Petsmarts is Iams largest distributor,I say we all go to the peta site and request leaflets etc. and go stand in front of these stores and hand the out to all their customers and ask them to ask the stores to boycot Iams.
edited to add: i really think you need to look at both sides of the story, and read some of my explanations on the pic's that were in the link above and form your own conclusions. if it were up to PETA we would not be having dogs as pets, so i would take what you read from them with a grain of salt.
***Edited By: scout1 on 12/2/2004 10:32:46 AM*** Reason: because we can
Actually the pics and the video clips don't tell the whole story, and were posted by PETA. There's two sides to every story.
Yes, it's true that some cruelty did happen at a facility that was doing research for IAMS. But that facility has since been closed.
IAMS now works with the ASPCA, who does unaanounced inspections of all IAMS facilities at will and provides suggestions to improve the conditions animals are kept in. Look at these links. Pay particular attention to the research inspection links.
I know that IAMS is going to do everything they can to make themselves look better, but I also know that I trust the ASPCA a hell of a lot more than I trust either IAMS or PETA.
And since it was brought up, that beagle story is a complete lie. How do I know? I LIVE in Auburn Alabama, about a mile from where that so-called Beagle Study that never really took place took place What a bunch of hooey once again perpetuated by PETA.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 12/2/2004 10:29:48 AM*** Reason: Added
debg, you must not be actually following the links and reading what they say. The animals arne't left in the cages 24/7, they're given socialization and exercise time with people and other dogs every day. In fact, they're not in cages at all, they're in outdoor/indoor kennels. Toys are in the runs and in the outdoor play areas for the dogs to play with.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 12/2/2004 10:41:47 AM*** Reason: forgot part
enwright, I said that it's true that abuse happened at a facility (in 2003, to be exact, thats when those pictures came out) that was doing research for Iams (but wasn't an iams run facility, there is a difference). But that facility has since been closed, and after it came out that's when Iams started working with the aspca on the inspections, to ensure that it didn't ever happen again.
Not to get off topic here - but how does Purina stack up in the dog food genre? I have always fed Purina and Pedigree and my dogs have done well on it. For me, I cannot justify paying the prices for IAMS or Eukanuba(sp?) when my dogs do so well on Purina. They may be associated with/or the same company as IAMS. I don't know. Hmmm....time to research.
The issue here is that IAMS let this happen in their company whether it was in their facility, or outside their office it is still very wrong. For someone like me who did not know about it in 2003 I am am horrified and can not justify feeding my dogs or cats Iams.
I guess I look at it like this, enwright. Every company at some point in it's life has made mistakes, had instances of abuse, neglect, crime, whatever. Heck, even the US military has made some ghastly mistakes in its time, the prison abuses in Iraq come to immediate mind. Does that mean we boycott anything and all things to do with all of the companies that have made mistakes? Or do we give them a chance to correct those mistakes and do everything they can to ensure that these abuses don't happen again?
Minniyar- I am not into giving second chances to such humane treatment of animals. If I had not seen the pics and the video clips I most probably would, but that has truly disturbed and hurt me greatly. As for the Iraq war I best not go there.