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  • Foreword
  • Introduction
    What I Have Learned
  • Chapter One
    What Goes into Commercial Pet Food
  • Chapter Two
    Companion Animals in Pet Food
  • Chapter Three
    Sodium Pentobarbital in Pet Food
  • Chapter Four
    Pet Food Regulations
  • Chapter Five
    Pet Food Manufacturers
  • Chapter Six
    Mad Cow Disease and Animal Companions
  • Chapter Seven
    Animal Experimentation and Pet Food Companies
  • Chapter Eight
    Homecooked Meals and Natural Pet Food Companies
  • Chapter Nine
    Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements
  • Chapter Ten
    Recipes for Cats and Dogs
  • Chapter Eleven
    Other Toxic Products
  • Chapter Twelve
    Consumer Action
  • Resources
  • Endnotes
  • Index

Ann Martin’s feline companion, Simon

NEW EDITION Food Pets Die for: Shocking Facts About Pet Food

By Ann N. Martin, foreword by Shawn Messonnier, DVM
Honorable Mention Project Censored

The Latest Information on the Dangers of Commercial Pet Foods, the New Edition of Food Pets Die For Updates and Replaces the Previous Edition!

In this groundbreaking book, Ann Martin was the first to expose in book form the ugly truth that euthanized cats and dogs are common ingredients rendered into many commercial pet foods.

Ann Martin has been investigating the multi-billion-dollar, commercial pet food industry since 1990. Today, she is internationally recognized as an authority on the dangers of commercial pet foods.

In this new and updated edition of Food Pets Die For, first published by NewSage Press in 1997, Martin once again goes behind the scenes of the commercial pet food industry. She uncovers the unsavory ingredients that can legally be used by commercial pet food companies, including euthanized cats and dogs, diseased and contaminated meat, moldy grains, and rancid fat. She also documents the ongoing animal experimentation funded by many major pet food companies in the name of nutritious pet food.

Ann Martin arms consumers with crucial information on how to read labels on pet food, and discern for themselves whether or not they want to feed their pets commercial food. Martin offers healthy alternatives for feeding animal companions with nutritious and easy-to-prepare recipes. For people who don’t have the time to cook, Martin provides information on several pet food companies that produce healthy, human-grade pet food. Martin builds a strong case for why our pets will live longer, healthier lives without commercial pet food.

Pet owners are beginning to understand that beyond the attractive packaging of commercial pet foods and the enticing, slick TV commercials tauting “nutritionally balanced meals,” many of these mass produced pet foods are downright dangerous to the health of companion animals. Ann Martin also discusses pet food regulations in the United States and Canada, which are complex, convoluted, and almost nonexistant. Consumers may think that this is a well-regulated industry, but in fact, just about anything goes---including the rendering of euthanized cats and dogs. Martin also discusses the latest evidence on mad cow disease and how this threatens companion animals who may eat contaminated pet foods. In Europe, cats have already died from the feline form of mad cow disease, Feline Spongiform Encephalopathy. Perhaps some of the most shocking information in this new edition of Food Pets Die For, is the pet food industry’s practices of animal experimental for research to test various pet food ingredients. In essence, thousands of cats and dogs are killed every year in order to test pet food ingredients. Pet food cruelty abounds in this industry that professes to only have animal companions’ best interests at heart.

Since the publication of the first edition of Food Pets Die For in 1997, a grassroots movement has emerged among health conscious pet owners about the dangers of most commercial pet foods and what can be done to remedy this situation. Food Pets Die For was on the cutting edge in 1997, and continues to be with the publication of this new edition.

Ann Martin with Jake

ANN N. MARTIN is internationally recognized as an authority on the commercial pet food controversy. Since 1990, Martin has continued to investigate and to question exactly what goes into commercial pet food and to discover more unsavory practices of the pet food industry.

The original edition of Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food, first published in 1997, was among the first books to expose the hazards of commercial pet food. Ms. Martin’s investigative reporting of the pet food industry was selected for special recognition as “one of the most censored news stories of 1997” by Sonoma State University’s Project Censored, which focuses on important news events that are largely ignored by mainstream media. Since then, she has been on numerous television and radio shows, internationally, discussing the problems with commercial pet foods and the great health advantages of cooking for your animal companions. Food Pets Die For has been translated into Japanese.

In her second book, Protect Your Pet: More Shocking Facts, Ann Martin continues her investigation of commercial pet food as well as other controversial, pet-related issues, including over-vaccination, the raw meat diet, Rimadyl, bloat, and more.

Ms. Martin also is a pet columnist for “Better Nutrition” magazine where she writes a column of pet health issues. Ann Martin graduated with a B.A. in business from the University of Western Ontario, and worked in a tax office for several years before retiring. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her animal companions - three cats and a dog - where she continues to question, research, and write about pet-related issues.

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