Press release from D.E.L.T.A. Rescue:
You’re Eating Cats and Dogs for Thanksgiving!
Board of Supervisors Requests State Department of Food and Agriculture
Investigate Rendering Issue
GLENDALE, Calif., Nov. 22, 2004 — As millions of Americans feast this
Thanksgiving, they have no idea what their turkey ate before ending up in
It is unimaginable to consider that our holiday main course may have been
fed the bodies of dead pets, but according to actor and animal welfare
activist Leo Grillo, rendered animals end up in the feed lots of the
nation’s livestock and poultry industry.
Rendering is the gruesome practice of “cooking” the bodies of euthanized
pets from animal shelters, veterinary offices, horses, other livestock, and
“road kill” to produce animal protein meal and “yellow grease”. These
products are then either sent to Asia (where they are used as feed for farm
salmon, eel or shrimp returning to the US for human
consumption) or used as a dietary supplement in the poultry and livestock
facilities across the country.
And the chemicals used to euthanize the animals, the drugs used to treat the
animals if they were sick, may ultimately find their way back into the human
food chain too.
“Don’t forget the diseases those poor animals died from, the cancers … the
bacteria and toxins in their decomposing bodies … and we wonder why we
have so much cancer,” said Grillo. “What we as consumers don’t understand is
that the food we eat, from hamburgers, to fish and shrimp, to milk and
cheese; contain the bodies of our dead pets and the chemicals, drugs and
diseases that they took with them.”
There are over 350 rendering plants in this country. The remains of millions
of animals are sent to rendering plants every year. In Los Angeles County
alone, the bodies of over 80,000 animals a year end up on the floor of West
It’s stuff like this that makes me really glad I’m already a vegetarian.