Should Consumers Band Together To Further Test Acana & Orijen Concerning Heavy Metal Claims? Would Consumers Do This? VOICES NEEDED NOW!
Before reading blow, be sure to read this article as well as the class action lawsuit associated.
For Consumers That Want To Know More About Acana or Orijen
Here's the question...
Is further consumer testing a possibility?
Is it something that Acana or Orijen customers want to band together and see through?
Further Testing Can be Done To Ensure Consumer Clarity On The Issue
Midwest Labs can conduct heavy metals testing for $150 per sample.
It will test Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead and Mercury.
Why Is This Important?
For complete consumer transparency, it is important for consumers to take this issue into their own hands and not trust either the company or Ellipse Analytics. If more testing can be conducted and analyzed concerning the products in question, more clarity and peace of mind can be given to the consumers that purchase these products.
Do Consumers Want This?
$150 per sample is what the test costs. This doesn't include the purchasing of the food or the shipping of the food. (The lab says "We will need approximately 50g of product and 5 business days to complete the testing.")
HOW TO DO THIS?
One quick thought is to compile a small crowd funding campaign to cover the food purchases, shipping, and testing. There are other ways to go about doing this. Champion Pet Foods could see to it that food costs are covered and 3rd party testing is covered, away from their handling.
This can all be public, transparent, and reported.
The goal here is to take the collection and testing out of both party's hands, away from the lawsuit and allegations, and into the hands of 3rd party testers and concerned consumers.
What thoughts do you have as a consumer? Please chime in.
Merrick Sends out PR Release, But Don't want to answer AnY Questions ON CAMERA FROM PET FOOLED
What do consumers think when a company who sends out a press release and then refuses to go on camera and answer simple questions for consumer transparency?
An Invitation To Visit "Merrick And CASTOR & POLLOCK
PR for Merrick, Castor & Pollock, and Zuke's sent this e-mail, inviting me to stop by their booth and learn about their new products.
I Would LOVE LOVE LOVE TO STOP BY!
I asked Shaina if I would be speaking to her about the products when I got to the booth. I let her know I made a film about pet food and I receive questions about pet food all the time. Consumers want to know how foods are made, how ingredients are sourced, and their true quality. When it comes to dry food, what is important to Merrick as well as affiliate brands?
Shaina confirmed I would be speaking with her.
KEEP IN MIND, P.R. ISN'T NECESSARILY ABOUT TRUTH. A LOT OF P.R. IS ABOUT SPIN AND AVOIDING THE DIRECT TRUTH
Needless to say, Shaina sent an e-mail backing out of the entire endeavor. She was VERY happy to speak with me and even confirmed times to take me to various booth.
Then...all of a sudden she wants to drop everything!
What's the TRUTH HERE?
Merrick refused to talk during the making of Pet Fooled. Many companies prefer for consumers to buy strictly off the marketing and packaging, NOT be the nutritional education of the consumer. The less consumers know, the better. They can make money from consumers who do not look deep enough into their ingredients, sourcing, and quality.
They don't want to talk on Camera
Consumers will not stop questioning. Each and every day, more and more consumers grow tired of companies attempting to fool them. Questions will keep being asked which will separate more transparent companies from less transparent companies.
HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN!
A special THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far! We are over HALF WAY there but we have more to go! Part 2 is kicking off because of consumer demand and consumer support.
If you have been impacted by Pet Fooled and the switching of your food, please consider chipping in and helping us get to our goal! (Donate on FB here!) https://www.facebook.com/donate/130094031125834/1953995771307943/
Sadly Films are EXPENSIVE TO MAKE!
There are all kinds of filmmaking. This isn't an action movie with a massive marketing budget, and it's not an "original" film by any studio. This film is being made for consumers and we are asking consumers to chip in if possible. EVERY BIT COUNTS!
What will funds be used for?
We are conducting a lot of VERY interesting interviews. Part 2 is already 10 times better than Part 1 and we've only begun. But we need YOUR help continuing to reach our small goal of raising $15,000.
Funds will be used for sound, travel costs, and a few necessary pieces of equipment. Part 1 was made by an incredible camera operator who basically donated his equipment. Part 2 we are left with nothing. So we have to start from scratch again.
BUT IT CAN BE DONE!
Please contribute if you have $5, $20, $50 of if you want to donate more, every bit HELPS!
Everyone will be receiving a thank you credit in our film's credits for donating.
There are MANY thank you messages that I want to covey to the people who are stepping up and supporting the launch of "Pet Fooled Pt II". Mainly, I want to express a big thank you from a community stand point. It's slightly hard to explain what I'm feeling, but I'm going to try.
I felt incredibly alone while making "Pet Fooled". I remember feeling like I jumped into the middle of the ocean without a life jacket. I knew there was land out there...somewhere. I had to just keep swimming and eventually I would find land.
The reason why I stuck with making "Pet Fooled" is that I believe every consumer should know what's in the products they're feeding. Consumers want convenience so that's a reality. Companies want to make money and a lot of times, marketing tactics play into skewing reality. That's business. So how can we get through to what matters?
Immediately after releasing "Pet Fooled", I started to receive unsolicited opinions about what I should do next. "You should do a film about vaccines" or "you should do a film about vet schools!"
My response has always been, "do you NOT know the difficulty of bringing a film to market?" I wanted to scream that from the top of my lungs. I had spent 5+ years at that point working a day job and making "Pet Fooled" with my free time. I love film. I love the ability that film has at conveyed the truth and understanding to the audience. This wasn't a film made with a budget where I was paid during the process of making it. After the film was finished, finishing costs put the film in debt. There was no money for marketing. The list goes on and on.
The film was made and released. It's world wide. That's what matters at the end of the day.
It's the people who are making this film GROW. It's the word of mouth. It's the changing of diets people are making for their dogs are cats that are allowing them to see first hand how nutrition plays a role in health.
With "Pet Fooled Pt II", I found myself starting all over again. No equipment and no money. I started a fundraiser on Facebook to help get the film started and YOU have responded to it.
This is where I become a loss for words because I want to get across HOW much that means.
I personally hate fundraising. I hate asking for money. I would rather have a major sponsor fund everything I do but that's not a reality of what I'm doing right now. So, I had to reach out to followers of the film and ask for help. I don't want it to go unsaid how much that has helped. It has enabled IMPORTANT equipment to be purchased and filming to begin.
We still need a bit more to plan and shoot more interviews and scenes. I'm trying to scrape up as much as possible so we can continue on in a timely and efficient manner.
Whether it's $5, $50, or amounts above $100, I'm INSANELY thankful.
Having your support means the world. It makes me feel less alone. I know a "film credit" may not mean a lot to some people, but it means a lot to me because this is as much of your film, as a consumer, as it is mine. I want everyone's name on this film that helps make it a reality. It allows me to continue making this film independently and that's the only way this can be done.
So again, THANK YOU!
There Are Significantly LESS Carbohydrates In Acana & Orijen Dry Cat Foods Compared To Other Dry Cat Foods On The Market #PETFOOLED #NETFLIX
How Many Carbs Are In YOur Dry Cat Food?
Do you know how many carbohydrates are in your dry cat food?
Champion Pet Foods, who owns Acana and Orijen, provided their carbohydrate information.
Champion Pet Foods has reported that every one of their Acana dry food formulas contain 25% carbohydrates.
The carbohydrate content of Orijen dry foods vary per formula. You can visit the Orijen website and find clear information on carbohydrate percentages of each formula. It is rare to find this information on pet food company websites.
Cat & Kitten 19% carbohydrates
Six Fix is 18% Carbohydrates
REgional Red is 17% Carbohydrates
Tundra is 18% Carbohydrates
Fit & Trim is 16% Carbohydrates
"HALO" Pet Food Is Part Of The Discussion To Sell Their Vegan Kibble Dog Foods To LA County Shelters.
"Halo" Confirms They ARe In TAlks To Sell Their Vegan Dog Food
From David Yaskulka at "Halo": I can confirm there is discussion about feeding their sheltered dogs vegan food, and Halo has been part of the discussion.
The city currently pays $.87 per pound for Canidae Life Stages
The decision isn't being made because of cost. The Washington Post reported that "The city pays $0.87 per pound for Canidae Life Stages, and the only vendor contracted to the city charges four times as much for a vegan product, it said. What’s more, Prupas wrote, a vegan diet higher in fiber could “lead to increased fecal bulk and frequency of bowel movements,” leading to more cleanup work for shelter staffers."
Why More Poop You Ask?
Think about that. Do some research. Why do dogs have increased fecal bulk when on a vegan diet?
What Do You Think?
What do you think? Hot button topics like this tend to get emotion filled responses, but please take the time to research a bit more and let us know what you feel about both sides of this issue.
Q&A with Matt Koss of Primal PEt Foods
What was the inspiration behind starting a goat's milk offering from Primal?
Primal was seeking an alternative to water for the rehydration of our Freeze Dried Formulas and Raw Goat Milk is an ideal solution. As well, due to the continued rise in digestive issues for dogs/cats, Primal wanted to launch a product that would enhance the gut/intestinal health of dogs and cats through a dietary supplement that is packed with beneficial microorganisms that provide intestinal and digestive tract support.
What are some issues that can be addressed with the addition of goat milk to the diet?
First and foremost, Raw Goats Milk provides an nutritionally sound source of fluid for dogs and cats that enhances the pets hydration, a critical aspect to overall health and longevity. As well Primal Raw Goats Milk contains beneficial microorganisms that enhance intestinal and digestive tract support. There is an increasing trend of digestive, intestinal and bowel issues being experienced by companion animals resulting from the consumption of diets produced from highly processed ingredients and cooked at extreme temperatures. Primal Raw Goats milk is a supplemental solution to these digestive/intestinal/bowl issues and provides companion animals with the proper nutritional support to help resolve such health concerns.
I see that the goat milk is fermented as well. What does fermentation add to this product that is beneficial?
Primal Raw Goats Milk incorporates 3 very specific forms of microorganisms to help with the fermentation process. The fermentation of the milk creates a milk product that delivers a fluid supplement that is rich with beneficial micro-bacteria that enhance the pets digestion, intestinal health, bowel health and overall nutrient assimilation in the body.
What is the diet of the goats producing the milk?
The goats producing the milk for Primal Raw Goat Milk are fed a diet rich in GMO-Free Alfalfa as well as nutritional supplementation that includes naturally occurring minerals.
What requirements does primal hold regarding the production of the milk? The goats producing Primal Raw Goats Milk are Certified Humanely Raised and consume a Non-GMO Alfalfa diet.
A lot of people may think goat milk is odd for a dog or cat to consume since it's "another animal's milk". How is this suspicion true or not true?
Goats milk is often referred to as the “Universal Milk” due to the fact that this milk is highly digestible to many mammals, not just goats. The increased digestibility is due to a higher level of amino and fatty acids as well as smaller fat globules in goats milk vs. cow milk.
How does goat milk help with inflammation issues?
The high percentage of fatty acids contained in Goats Milk aids with the reduction of inflammation in the digestive tract of mammals
Is the product pasteurized or unpasteurized?
Primal Raw Goats Milk is not pasteurized or homogenized.