HSUS: Take action for pet food safety

May 8th, 2007 5:29 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at] hsus.org
Date: May 7, 2007 11:29 AM
Subject: Kelly, is your pet’s food safe?

The Humane Society of the United States
May 7, 2007


Pets are part of our families, and millions of American families were shocked by the recent pet food recalls. The deaths of pets from tainted pet food tragically demonstrate the need for greater oversight of this industry. Fortunately, Congress is listening, and you can take action here: https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2007_pet_food/

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Pet and Human Food Safety Act on May 1 to provide more oversight and regulation of the food industry. In a remarkable demonstration of how important this issue is, the U.S. Senate approved a Durbin amendment on pet and human food safety on May 2 — just one day after the bill was introduced — by a resounding vote of 94 to 0!

You can help make the food supply safer.


1. Make a short polite phone call to your U.S. Representative. Urge him or her to support and quickly enact the DeLauro/Durbin Pet and Human Food Safety Act.

Making a call is easy. A staff member will take your message and pass it to your legislator. When you call, you can say:

“Hello my name is [your name] and I’m calling from [your town and state] to urge [your representative’s name] to support the DeLauro/Durbin Pet and Human Food Safety Act (H.R. 2108/S. 1274). The ongoing pet food recall has revealed that there is very little regulation of the pet food industry. We need to change this to ensure that the food consumers are feeding their pets is wholesome and safe. Thank you.”

After you make your call, send a follow up email in support of safer pet food: https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2007_pet_food/

2. Tell your friends how they can help: https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2007_pet_food/forward/

The more people who contact Congress, the more support this legislation will receive and the better its chances of being quickly passed into law.

Here are some details on what the pet food bill will do:

+ Help regulate the industry by establishing mandatory processing and ingredient standards and requiring more inspections of pet food processing plants.

+ Create an early warning system to help identify possible contaminants earlier and penalize companies that don’t report possible contamination.

+ Ensure that any future recalls are conducted quickly by giving the Food and Drug Administration the power to order mandatory recalls of tainted food.

As a Humane Society of the United States supporter, I know I can count on you to take action and help move this important legislation forward. Thank you for all you do on behalf of animals.

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

P.S. This legislation is an important first step toward a safer pet food supply. But in the meantime, be sure your pets are protected. Check our Pet Food Safety Center for the latest
information on recalled pet foods:


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