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Author Topic: Three Year Anniversary of 2007 Pet Food Recall: We Will Never Forget  (Read 25230 times)
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« on: February 14, 2010, 10:12:43 AM »

Please let us know what form of commemmoration service you would be interested in having here on Itchmo Forums leading up to March 16, 2010, for the 3-year anniversary of the Pet Food Recall of 2007.
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2010, 06:35:11 PM »

In memory of all our four legged friends who are gone, after eating their food, how about asking all the Owners, Presidents, or CEO’s of every pet food company who had to do a recall back in 2007, to tell us what they have done to assure us that it can not, and will not, happen again?

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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2010, 05:38:14 AM »

That would be a project, but we could all take different companies (or brands), and see what responses we get.
You know, a form letter type thing, saying what have you done since 2007 for publication on a pet blog [?]
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2010, 06:12:10 AM »

Thats a good idea. It wouldn't hurt to contact pet food stores either. To see if they are checking for problems also.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2010, 07:26:38 AM »

Maybe contact FDA and CVM? AVMA? One can ask.
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2010, 06:30:02 PM »

Bumping this up because the anniversary is drawing closer.  If people want to make these calls/send emails/talk with store owners, here is a reminder to do so.

Is there anything special that people would like to do here on the forum?
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2010, 06:36:43 PM »

For the forum - possibly, if others agree, a thread with our beloved pets who are at the bridge and those who hang in there everyday as the survivors, with their names?
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2010, 10:00:46 PM »

Just another thought -- and the previous two ideas on contacting companies about what they're doing and a memorial list of pets lost and still struggling are both great.

What about asking pet owners for their personal opinions on the lessons of 2007? Just whatever each pet parent thinks he/she has learned, whatever that may be, regarding pet food, pet care,
and/or where pet owners are now, what they hope for, would like to see achieved. Is that making
sense and doable? Present and past readers and posters putting out their personal thoughts in memory of and as a result of the pet food recalls of 2007 and since.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2010, 05:24:10 AM »

Candlelight vigil.  


Maybe a group of members who have some free time would want to tackle this project.  I never found time to do it.

http://itchmoforums.com/pet-food-recall-memorial/volunteers-t6176.0.html;msg84936#msg84936

How about tweeting our Recall Memorials section.
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2010, 05:39:11 AM »

What about asking pet owners for their personal opinions on the lessons of 2007? Just whatever each pet parent thinks he/she has learned, whatever that may be, regarding pet food, pet care,
and/or where pet owners are now, what they hope for, would like to see achieved. Is that making
sense and doable? Present and past readers and posters putting out their personal thoughts in memory of and as a result of the pet food recalls of 2007 and since.


I think that would be a great topic for our Recall Memorials section.  Anybody who tweets could send it out to the world.
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Eventually they will understand,
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For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.
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"A kitten in the animal kingdom is like a rosebud in a garden", author unknown
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2010, 07:05:10 AM »

It's March 5. So we need to take a direction for anniversary three. Whatever people think
would express it best is fine with me ...
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2010, 02:00:18 PM »

3 years ago today we were all trying to keep Smudge warm in anticipation of her seeing Dr S the next day--after all--I thought it was some strange cat flu and knew Dr S had to see her as he was able to make Jessica better...

and after reading and posting here for 3 years..I know how so many of us here were also living a furkid hell and wondering why..I wish we had each other back then..although we did find each other soon after the disaster made the news...

I do not look forward to March..but maybe some day we can all say..remember those horrible days and look what happened because of them..it hasn't happened yet..but some day... maybe..
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2010, 02:58:50 PM »

3 years ago my Doozie was a new made Angel on yonder Holy Hill and tears fell every day, as I frantically scrambled
to understand what was happening to IQ and Smorgi and deal with their disease.

I've learned since that if you possibly can and want to know what's in your pet food that you must make it yourself from
the most careful ingredients you can muster.

That the companies and individuals who make commercial pet food almost universally without exception are the most arrogant,
ignorant, and nastiest group of squeeze the last penny out of garbage food processors anywhere and continue to be.

And that consumers three years later are still in a state of denial. With the power of the pocketbook, most consumers
refuse to bring about the change they most deeply want.

Three years later I'm kind of afraid to imagine what disaster it will take to reform the food supply for health first, but I know
that there are growing numbers of savvy consumers, like those on Itchmo.

I don't see a consensus on how to memorialize the third anniversary. So I don't know what else to do. Personally, I'm going to re-double
my efforts to NOT purchase any kind of commercial pet food ever again.

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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2010, 03:14:43 PM »

As long as animals are considered chattal - no real reform will take place in the pet food arena. Did it happen from 2007? How many can you count that actually took what happened and try to make it better?

Unless there is a massive die off of human beings due to some massive food toxin/poison/adulterant/chemical etc. the outcry will remain small as people have a short attention span. If it did not directly affect them, as in the pet food recall of 2007, they just give you a 'deer in the headlights look' and continue on with their lives not giving it a second thought. That is, until a tragedy strikes close to home and then they want something done. Sometimes its too late.

The people on here have made a difference. Why else would PFC's and mfrs. visit here and some even join to address certain things on the forum which takes a leap of faith knowing how pet people feel.

Yes, 3cats I agree, the commercial pet food makers are still only concerned with one thing-and that is the money, follow the money, money never lies. So far they have yet to prove they are not using cheaper and cheaper cwap in the food to increase their bottom line of money, more money no matter how many pets are sickened or die - doesn't matter to them. It does to us.

Only way anyone out there can make a difference is with their pocket book. Either make it yourself or buy organic food that you have contacted the mfr. about and they can certify that they do not put this cwap into their food and be willing to pay the premium price for it.
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2010, 04:11:20 PM »

Three years ago March I was still reeling from the Jan 2007 loss of my beloved tuxedo cat Purry who would have been 18 that April and was also reeling from the February 2007 loss of my little black with a bit of white cat Clarissa. Both took suddenly and seriously ill the end of 2006.  I did nothing but cry every day during those months. I was going around and around with questions... What happened? Was it something in this house? I was at such a total loss and at such a low point, resigned to the fact  that I would never know what caused it all. DH figured the timing of the deaths was coincidence, I had a feeling it wasn't.

Then one evening CNN was flashing the recalled brands on their screen, and I instantly knew. The premium food I had fed them had poisoned them!  These %^&$&  had stolen our family members from us...

I have learned to be very VERY paranoid. Since my survivors are not homemade pet food fans, I have to meander my way through the pet food maze of ingredients. But Itchmo became my lifeline and I have learned a lot more about pet food and ingredients.

I hope but do not think many of the pet food (or people food) manufacturers have learned a lot from the fallout of 2007, except how to evade responsibility better. More cheap cwap than ever enters the food supply. A few honest companies are going strong. May they continue.

Three years later I am still watching my three survivors closely and holding my breath at every little thing they do that may be a sign of illness.
The guard never gets let down.

I will never forget.
Meowli

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