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Organic vs Conventional

ORGANIC: Raw Prey is  organic  raw chicken, bones and organs.  Organic animals are raised on inspected farms that strictly adhere to good husbandry and farming practices.  The meat is derived from well animals, like hens who have had a healthy, good, free-range, productive life, raised on organic feed and grains and are no longer an egg producing hen.  The feathers and gut are removed and the whole chicken is ground and then freshly frozen.  An extra bonus is that some hens still have eggs and egg shells in their channels.  This adds more good calcium and protein to the diet. Free Range Chickens. Animals on organic farms eat organically grown feed, aren’t confined 100% of the time (as they are most often on conventional farms), and are raised without antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.)

WHY NOT CONVENTIONAL, COOKED PET FOOD?

The pet-food industry has become a sidebar of the human food industry, with pet foods providing the convenient disposal of all of the byproducts and leftovers of the slaughterhouse and the mill and, indeed, all ‘food’ considered unfit for human consumption.The big multinationals have managed to recycle their own waste products and detritus into a $50 billion industry, a sleight of hand now largely responsible for a host of illnesses now experienced by cats and dogs.

It is no accident that the big players in the petfood industry have enjoyed a spate of major buy-outs by even bigger multinational players in the human foods market: Nestlé’s bought Purina; Mars, owned in turn by MasterFoods, bought Royal Canin; Colgate-Palmolive bought Hill’s Science Diet; and Procter & Gamble bought Iams. Some 80 per cent of the cat and dog food market is now controlled by these big four.

Most processed pet food is an amalgam of indigestible or inappropriate carbohydrates, altered or nutrient-deprived or even diseased meat, supplements and chemicals, with very little regulation of either the quality of food included or the dubious or misleading claims made by manufacturers.

HUMAN GRADE MEAT FOR YOU PETS VS. ORGANIC

Many people feed their pets raw human grade turkey or ground beef forgetting that these products, albeit human grade, are sourced from cloned and transgenic animals raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFO).  These animals are fed genetically engineered grains, vaccinated and filled with hormones that will ruin your animal’s health.  Nor do human grade raw meat packages contain vital organs or bones for calcium.

WHAT KIND OF MEAT IS IN CONVENTIONAL PET FOODS?

Studies show that the meat your are feeding your companion animals are from farm animals fed genetically engineered food.  Research shows, for example, that rats fed GMO potatoes (Arpad Putzai)  bleed from the gut amongst other illnesses and hardships they endure. http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/GeneticRoulette/index.cfm

There are no regulations on the kind of ‘meat’ that makes its way into pet food. What meat there is (and most wet pet food is 75-per-cent water) can come from any source, including euthanized animals, roadkill and the socalled ‘4-D animals’ (dead, diseased, disabled or dying). Although manufacturers vehemently deny that dead companion animals are used in pet food, a US Center for Veterinary Medicine investigation, published in February 2002, found that half of the 75 dry-food specimens tested had detectable levels of sodium pentobarbital, the main drug used to put down dying pets.

DRY FOODS

Dry food is cooked at such high heat that it destroys much of the life and benefit of the food. All dry food consists of the rendered remains of animals once any meat has been removed (usually for human consumption). Carcasses of dead animals are skinned and deboned, and thenthe entire lot—bone, hooves, feet, feathers, unborn babies, ligaments, organs and heads— is sausage-ground. Batch cookers then essentially ‘melt’ this unholy sludge at extremely high temperatures of 100–132 degrees C (220–270 degrees. Fahrenheit), a process that destroys or alters enzymes and proteins. The resulting meat and bone is put through a press to squeeze out the moisture, and the remains are then pulverized into a thick grit, or ‘meal’.

Dry foods, blended with the aid of computer programmes to establish the correct amounts of protein, fats and carbohydrate, often include ingredients that are largely indigestible to animals. Most pet food, other than products that specifically claim to be pure meat of some variety, have as their main ingredients grains and vegetable products—such as soybean meal, barley meal and corn gluten—to boost the protein content. Studies have discovered that a fair amount of soybean meal in a product adversely affects its digestibility in the small intestine in dogs, particularly of certain amino acids (Anim Feed Sci Technol, 2003; 109: 121–32); most problematic of all are whole soybean foods (Anim Feed Sci Technol, 2005; 12: 79–91).