Protect Pet Owners’ Right to Decide What to Feed Pets

Target: American Veterinary Medical Association

Goal: Respect the rights of pet owners by allowing them to make their own decisions regarding raw pet food

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is a non-profit association that represents thousands of veterinarians working throughout the United States. The AVMA is preparing to vote on a controversial new policy that would discourage owners from feeding raw food diets to their pets. The association apparently feels that feeding cats and dogs unprocessed animal protein puts humans and pets at a higher risk of illness. However, instituting a policy to discourage raw diets infringes upon pet owners’ right to decide for themselves what to feed their furry friends.

Reportedly, the new policy will be voted on by the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine in early August. The AVMA so far has not released the list of people who will be involved in the vote. Some pet owners suspect that veterinarians involved with commercial pet food companies will be pushing for the new policy, as they would have the most to gain if the policy goes through.

Thousands of Americans handle raw meat products every day. Raw meat diets prepared for pets are not any more dangerous then the meats that many people prepare and consume themselves every day. Most raw diet feeders spend countless hours researching their pet’s diet, and they are well aware of proper meat handling techniques. There are far more reported cases of humans and animals becoming sick from contaminated commercial pet foods than there are from raw pet foods.

This new policy, if it passes, will not forbid the feeding of raw food to pets. It could be, however, a step in that direction. Whether or not they feel that a raw diet is proper for their own pets, most pet owners would agree that the decision of what to feed their pets should be their own. A raw food diet, when fed correctly, can work wonders for some pets, and is not any more dangerous than feeding commercially processed pet foods. The AVMA does not have any scientifically proven reasons to discourage this type of diet. If this new policy passes, it will be for the benefit of big commercial pet food companies rather than for pets and pet owners.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear American Veterinary Medical Association,

It has come to pet owners’ attention that your association will soon vote on a new policy that will discourage pet owners from feeding raw food diets to their cats and dogs. It’s discouraging that a prestigious association such as yours would consider instituting a policy that is not backed by scientific facts. Most raw feeders are very dedicated to their pets’ diets, and are well-aware of proper meat handling techniques. Preparing and feeding raw meat to pets is no more risky than preparing and consuming meat ourselves. Furthermore, there are far more reported cases of people and animals becoming sick from contaminated commercial pet foods than there are from raw food diets. So why this bias against raw foods?

The decision of what to feed their pets should be left to pet owners. Every animal is different, and thus which food works best for each individual pet is something that is best determined by the people who know them best. Your new anti-raw food policy infringes upon pet owners’ right to decide for themselves what to feed their pets. If the new policy passes, it will be for the benefit of big commercial pet food companies rather than for pets and their owners. Please put the health and well-being of animals and the rights of their owners before profit, and vote against this new policy. Thank you.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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