Monday, September 10, 2007

The class action lawsuits against the Pet Food Industry

In the spring of 2007, the tainted pet food scandal generated over 100 class action lawsuits in the United States and more than a dozen in Canada. The recalls, which involved more than 60 million products, was the largest recall of any product in the history of North America.

This may be what it takes to get some action on the pet food front and to get unsafe products removed from the market entirely.
Here are links to a few of them:
There are 2 main lawsuits in Canada-- one against Menu Foods and a second, less-well-publicized lawsuit against Royal Canin/MediCal. You can download the Statement of Claim and read the story of the plaintiff who launched the suit against Royal Canin/MediCal. It's a sobering story.

Here's another firm with several class actions against Menu Foods, Royal Canin/MediCal, Hills and Petsmart
Again, you can download the Statement of Claim and read the stories of members of the public who suffered through high vet bills and the death of their beloved pets as a result of poisoned pet food. This is yet to be conclusively proven in court. However there are many reports and considerable research about the problems with commercial pet food, along with the fact that these companies were forced to recall many products, shows that they were aware that pet food was causing illnesses in many pets. The pet food recalls represent the largest recall of any product in North American history.

In the United States:
This is the Florida firm that has taken a slightly different tact -- focussing on the misleading advertising that leads all of us to believe that commercial pet food is healthy and safe for a lifetime of feeding your pet (not!).

Government regulations in both Canada and the United States are ineffective. It's up to us as pet owners to educate ourselves about diet and ensure that what we feed our pets will not cause illnesses in the long term. I will never feed or recommend any commercial pet food product again. Due to poisoned vet kibble, I lost my beautiful 11 year old Siamese Mari. (see her picture above). The PFI and mainstream vets have completely lost my trust as a client and cat guardian. The tainted pet food scandal is just the beginning when you start to read about all the poor quality ingredients in pet food.

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