Rendered Dogs, Cats Now Officially 'Beef By-Products'

Submitted by Mr KIM on 03/30/2004 at 21:11. ( ) 205.188.116.209

Something interesting to "chew on".....I guess.------KIM

Rendered Dogs, Cats Now
Officially 'Beef By-Products'
By Andrew Gumbel
The Independent - UK
3-28-4


LOS ANGELES -- Animal rendering is an unpleasant business. I know this not only because of what I've read - rendering being a euphemism for melting down dead animal parts to bonemeal and fat, which are then resold for use in animal feed, rubber and cosmetic products.

I know it also because one of my neighbours is Jerry Greenwalt, a decent enough guy who was effectively hounded out of his job at the head of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control because animal rights activists were incensed at his sending thousands of euthanised strays each year to a rendering company. They plastered his house in fake animal blood and said he was no better than a Nazi sending Jews to Auschwitz.

But Greenwalt's part of the story barely scratches the surface of the overall gruesomeness. It turns out that the company, West Coast Rendering, was until last year sending hundreds of tons of rendered dead pet to Asia, where the remains were used to feed farm salmon and shrimp. Quite a bit of this then recrossed the Pacific for human consumption - not a pleasant thought. But it gets worse.

As of December, the rendered dog and cat trade ceased overnight. Why? Because, according to the US Department of Agriculture, dogs and cats are officially defined for export purposes as "beef byproducts". And December was the month when a single case of mad cow disease was discovered in Washington State, closing down America's beef export markets. You may not have thought of your friendly neighbourhood furball as a miniature cow, but that's how the US government views it. Creepy - and the upshot is even creepier.

Unable to sell its dead pet parts, West Coast Rendering is simply stockpiling them in its warehouse in Vernon, an industrial park in south LA. Since Los Angeles is the stray pet capital of the US, the numbers are daunting, with 600 tons of dog and cat piled up so far. The company has room for 1,200 tons in all, after which, if the export ban is not lifted, it will have to find a way to dispose of the animals - assuming it can stay in business.

LA's landfills don't accept dead pets, which leaves only the option of burning them - a smelly, smog-inducing, not to say distinctly queasy process. Another round of Auschwitz epithet-hurling, one senses, cannot be far off.

Code Pink, the ad hoc group of feminist campaigners at the forefront of the anti-Iraq war movement, launched their own election-year campaign last week with a vow to "pink-slip" George Bush in November (America's equivalent to finding a P45 in your pay packet). In a Polish restaurant near the beach in Santa Monica, Code Pink founder and leader Jodi Evans rolled out a whole roster of civil disobedience activities over the next few months, including a plan to gatecrash a Halliburton shareholders' meeting to highlight war profiteering in Iraq and a picket of 24 Hummer dealerships - purveyors of the least fuel-efficient vehicle on the roads - to mark Earth Day next month. As Ms Evans put it: "Men are dying in their Hummers in Iraq so you can drive around in yours."

The launch party featured a line-up of tasteful female singer-songwriters, among them Michelle Shocked, the Texas rocker turned religious revivalist who has previously appeared at Code Pink events in a Stars and Stripes burqa. The crowd lapped her up.

Meanwhile, Santa Monica is doling out more bad news for smokers, banning cigarettes from its much-frequented wide sandy beach and from all but a couple of designated areas on its pier. It's already impossible to light up in restaurants or bars in Santa Monica - or, for that matter, anywhere else in California - and smokers are becoming a rare species. They can still smoke at home, or in their cars. For how long, nobody knows.

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I never understood the difference....

This response submitted by Jim Tucker on 03/30/2004 at 22:27. ( ) 24.50.252.84

between eating a cow or a dog. If you wanna eat dog go right ahead. Why there is such an uproar over horse and dog meat I do not understand. Who says they are any better than a cow, pig, or sheep? Or even a fish for that matter.


here I go again

This response submitted by Bill Yox on 03/31/2004 at 00:37. ( ) 209.130.221.100

Mr Kim is gonna think Ive got something against HIM personally, hahaha. This is just another bogus article. You cant euthanize an animal and then use it for consumption. Euthanizing pets usually consists of ODing them on Xylazine, or Rompun. That takes time to clear the system, even in sedative level dosages, and is NOT going to pass inspection, folks.


I don't write them

This response submitted by Mr KIM on 03/31/2004 at 00:54. ( ) 152.163.252.168

I don't write them, I just share the info so the reader can make up their own mind. ...Perhaps that is what is wrong. "WE" can think and others......well, you know.....

KIM


Yeah

This response submitted by Matt Papabear on 03/31/2004 at 07:41. ( hawkshoe@hotmail.com ) 4.155.84.172

Drugs don't flush out of an animals system if the system is dead and not flushing. Rompun, Ketamine, and Beuthanasia Solution are powerful sedatives that would render meat terribly unsafe for consumption. I'm sure that this "rendering" is actually a crematory. Cremation turns all that yuck into safe landfill.
Just my 2 cents


People in China have been doing it for years

This response submitted by Superpig on 03/31/2004 at 10:31. ( ) 198.81.26.46

And since everything seems to be "Made in China" these days I figured this would be the next step. Gives a whole new meaning to the word Hot Dog doesn't it? I guess just look for the China made label on your next packet of weiners? Ah wait it is us who are producing it. Ok look for the "Made in the US" label then. LOL


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