Some reporters seem to have taken to quoting PETA about this dog food tragedy -- never mind that PETA knows nothing about dog food or nutrition, opposes ownership of both pet dogs and working dogs, euthanizes more than 85 percent of the dogs given up to to it, and steals dogs from shelters in order to kill them.
The poor quality of the reporting on this dog food story is amazing. For example, in all of the writing, no one has taken the time to ask a basic question: What the hell is wheat gluten, and why is it in our dog food?
Here's the answer: Wheat gluten is synthetic meat made from processed wheat.
In vegetarian cuisine, this stuff is called Seiten, and if PETA had its way, not only would your dogs and cats be eating nothing else, but so would you.
The picture at the top of this post is a Taiwanese can of "mock duck" made from 100 percent wheat gluten.
To the right is what the contents of this same can looks like when it is dumped out into a bowl.
Does that look like the "chicken and chunks" you have been serving your pooch?
That's not an accident. Along with "Mock Duck" you can find wheat gluten carefully shaped to look like "mock" beef, mock turkey, and almost anything else.
Wheat gluten is imported from Asia because it is made in massive amounts over there, where is used as an alternative to soy-based meat substitutes such as tofu.
Wheat gluten is cheap and it is a realistic-looking meat substitute. In and of itself, it is not necessarily bad for you, but since most wheat gluten is imported from overseas, almos none of it is inspected by the FDA.
It turns out that folks who thought they were giving their cat or dog "real meat" were -- more often than not -- giving them a little bit of meat and a whole lot of wheat gluten produced overseas by the lowest bidder in a non-FDA-inspected factory.
OK, let's go to a second point: How and when did the dog food companies finally realize that their pet food products really were heavily contaminated by poison?
Early reports from customers were the first sign, of course, but the definitive evidence came from routine "live feed trials."
In a live feed trial, kenneled animals are systematically fed food samples from the production line. When about a third of the cats and dogs in a Menu Foods feed trial subsequently died, that company knew it had a disaster in the making.
What no reporters have mentioned in all their articles about this mess is that PETA is against testing any pet food on any live animals. In fact, in the middle of this pet food recall, PETA actually produced “a list of dog and cat food manufacturers that don’t test on animals.”
Talk about missing the message.
"Don't test on animals"??? That's a good thing??? Not in my house.
Please God, let's keep testing dog food on live animals.
And while we are at it, let's also test prescription drugs and vaccines too. Our children are worth it, and so are we.
As for this dog food mess, let's remember that's while it is primarily caused by poor corporate management, human greed, and an incompetent FDA, you can also find the hand of Seitan at work.
And no one loves Seitan more than PETA.