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Author Topic: Animal Planet's 2007 Year in Animals tributes pets that died from melamine  (Read 1925 times)
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« on: December 31, 2007, 02:13:36 AM »

It is a short show - just 30 mins - summing up the year's top animal-related stories, especially pets.  In the middle of the show, it mentions how the petfood recall had pet owners scrambling for safe food and that many turned to organic food and even raw food for their pets.  At the very very end of the segment, there is a tribute to famous animals and pets that died this year... and last of all, mentions all those pets that died from tainted pet food. 

It was only ONE sentence, but I was pleased by the acknowledgement and the reminder that many cats and dogs died this year before their time due to tainted petfood.  And coming at the very very end of the segment, I thought the tainted food reminder was a fiting "cap" to the "year in animals" summary.  It sticks to the mind that way.
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2007, 07:48:52 AM »

I am glad to know that the pet deaths were remembered in this way.  It does have an impact at the end of the program like that.  Thanks for posting this.
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2007, 08:05:54 AM »

Before discovering Itchmo and Pet Connection, back in March and April, I was desperately trying to find information to save my animals.  We had been feeding some recalled foods, but were not sure of the dates.  We were dealing with 2 very sick senior cats, one of which didn't make it.  First, I turned to animal planet website, couldn't find anything.  Couldn't find anything on animal planet on television.  Did I miss that?  Did they have any programming about pet food recalls?  All I saw were food advertisements.

Admittedly I stopped watching after that, so maybe I missed.

I found Pet Connection through an article in a newspaper, then found Itchmo through links from Pet Connection.

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2007, 07:23:38 PM »

I don't think you missed anything, JustMe.  Our living room TV is tuned to either the news or Animal Planet all hours of the day... and like you, I saw no mention of the petfood recalls in any of its broadcasts while the recalls were happening.  The first word I recieved of the recalls was on Yahoo Answers where I was taking part for several months.  I got the word on the Friday the recall was announced and called Petco where I had bought Iams and Eukenuba.  I was hysterical!  The people at Petco tried to hlp me read the codes... but they themselves did not know how! (can you beleive that).  The manager advised me to stop feeding Iams and Eukenuba and feed Friskies for the time being.  I was at the store the very next morning returning my crates of catfood. hayyy...
and like you, I found PetConnection first and then Itchmo.

anyway, I don't think there was ANY mention of tainted petfood on Animal Planet until this "2007: The year in Animals." 

why only now?

well, I think Animal Planet had to protect their advertising spots - most of their ads are from petfood companies

why now?

well, they would get a lot of flack if they didn't mention the BIGGEST tragic news that occupied and impacted ALL pet owners in 2007... they would look very inauthentic, wouldn't they - if they did not, that is.
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