Most things are tested on animals. Foods, drugs, shampoos. Check the lables, they have it listed. Finding stuff that hsa not been tested on animals is an intersting task and you will find that you will need to exclude many things.
The thing with testing is that is how they know what the result is. It is a dule edged sword.
Dogs are stolen all the time from people and sold to these labs for these experiments. I feed my animals food that I know is not tested on animals same goes for all the purchases that come into my household.
The Body Shop doesn't test on animals. Supposedly. I'm against animals being tested on for things like shampoo and perfume, but for animal food and medicine, it's okay. If they don't start abusing the animals. I've decided that the reason most labs don't want to interact with the animals is because you'll bond with them and that'll make the job harder.
Claud, do you really think they would steal just any old dogs from anywhere to test with?
I am sure they would be using dogs that have a track record (and probably purposely bred) so they can accurately measure the results of the tests. I mean, they pick up 10 dogs "off the street", 7 have sensitive skin, and then use these dogs to test for say skin allergies in regular dogs as a result of the food? The results are going to be screwed and no where near accurate if they use dogs that they don't have any idea about.
I personally think that is an old wive's tale. I may be wrong but for 'rich' Iams and Eukanuba, I think it's false. They wouldn't be getting their dogs from the streets.
And I would prefer a food to be tested first before given to my dog.