Let’s call this reason #173 why I’m glad to be a vegan. I thought this was a hoax when I first stumbled across it, or at the least, the ravings of some lunatic conspiracy theorist whose best friend is a big invisible bunny (or something along those lines). But a little Googling brought me to an LA Business Journal article from 2004. Oh, yum:
West Coast Rendering, which also uses the name D&D Disposal, collects several hundred thousand dead animals every year–euthanized animals from shelters and pets that have been put to sleep at veterinary hospitals.
West Coast Rendering appears to be one of the few remaining companies that render dogs and cats, said Don Franco, president of the non-profit Center for Biosecurity, Food Safety & Public Health in Lake Worth, Fla.
Because of environmental laws, dog and cat remains cannot be mixed with other beef byproducts.
“Rendering means that these dead animals are cooked in a giant stew pot for an hour, at just above boiling, and then the fat is drained off this soup and put in drums for shipment to cattle feed facilities in California and elsewhere,” said Leo Grillo, founder of the largest care-for-life cat & dog sanctuary in the world, D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, of Glendale, CA, “the rest is ground up into a powder and loaded by tractor into either a container or an open grain truck, which is later used for grain and feed transport.”
“Our D.E.L.T.A. Rescue Humane Investigation Unit followed trucks to American companies where the powder, now called ‘protein meal,’ is added to farm-animal feed. We also followed containers to the ports where they are loaded for shipment to Asia … to be added to feed for the farmed fish and seafood that comes back to the United States and is sold in our supermarkets. Check the labels of the seafood in the stores: ‘product of Thailand, Vietnam, etc.'”
What kind of wine do you serve with souffle of Fido?