Frequently Asked Questions
What’s wrong with Iams?
For nearly 10 months, PETA conducted an undercover investigation in an
Iams contract laboratory. What our investigator witnessed and captured
on hidden camera would outrage any animal lover: dogs who had gone crazy
from being confined to barren steel-and-cement cells, dogs who had been
left on a paint-chipped floor after having their vocal chords severed
and part of their leg muscles hacked out, dogs who were sweltering in
scorching heat and shivering in bitter cold, and horribly sick dogs and
cats languishing in their cages, neglected and left to suffer without
veterinary care. The animals in Iams’ tests are no different from
our dogs and cats at home when it comes to deserving companionship, play,
a stimulating environment, and the right not to be tormented in painful
But doesn’t Iams have to continue research and development in order
to create better foods and improve the health of dogs? The company can’t
stop testing altogether, can it?
We are calling on Iams to rely on non-animal, laboratory analysis and
in-home tests that use dogs and cats who have been volunteered by their
human companions. Right now, animals are suffering endlessly in concrete
cells with no exercise or stimulation just so that Iams can slap new claims
onto its products and maintain its market share. It’s all about
marketing. If Iams officials cared about the health and happiness of our
companion animals, they would end this unnecessary testing immediately.
They’ve proved that all they care about is profit.
But what about the fact that Iams’ Web site claims that the company
meets and even exceeds federal regulations?
Iams repeatedly lied to PETA by promising to improve living conditions
for the dogs in its contract labs. Our investigation took place more than
a year after Iams promised to “raise the bar” on animal-welfare
standards in its contract facilities and even assured us that enrichment
programs were already in place, but our investigator knew better. At least
27 dogs were killed, and others had illnesses that were left untreated
despite the Iams research policy’s assurances, which specifically
state that no animal will ever be deliberately killed in an Iams test.
What’s going on with the dogs now?
Our video footage shows Iams representatives touring the facility and
witnessing dogs’ endlessly circling in barren cells in the sweltering
heat. Iams officials knew the truth, yet they lied. How can they be trusted
to act in animals’ best interests at this point? Our investigator
fought for six months to have a single cheap, rubber toy placed in each
dog’s cell. This is Iams’ idea of “enrichment.”
Once animal lovers become aware that they are financing the confinement
and mutilation of animals, they simply won’t buy Iams food or propaganda.
After considerable pressure from PETA, Iams finally agreed to have the
dogs from this particular laboratory removed. We’ve been informed
by Iams officials that the dogs are now in an Iams facility in Dayton,
which they have refused to let us see. We have no idea whether the dogs
are in a better situation now than they were before. We are continuing
to press Iams to let us see the facility and urging the company to adopt
the dogs out to loving homes, but until we have a confirmation from Iams
that this has happened, we will assume otherwise.
Why should we believe you and not Iams?
Videotape doesn’t lie. See the abuse for yourself here. Procter
& Gamble, Iams’ parent company, has a long history of cruelty
to animals. After years of pressure to eliminate cruel product testing
on animals, the company continues to torture rabbits, ferrets, and many
other animals in its skin- and eye-irritancy experiments for cosmetics.
P&G spends more money on advertising in five days than it has spent
on developing alternatives to animal testing in the last 14 years. That’s
a bad record for a company that claims to care about animals.
Why are you targeting Iams specifically? Don’t most major brands
test on animals in laboratories?
Iams claims to be a leader in the pet food industry. We’re asking
the company to act like one. As a major food producer, its pioneering
choice to end laboratory testing on animals would serve as an example
of progress in the industry and would begin a truly “new and improved”
era in pet food, not just a minor change at the animals’ expense.
Aren’t you against all animal testing, even for human medical research?
For a list of forward-thinking companion-animal food companies that
have stopped or never conducted tests on animals in laboratories click
Animal testing has never been a necessary, safe, or effective way to conduct
medical research. Iams tests are particularly outrageous because animals
in these tests are confined to barren steel-and-cement cells and forced
to undergo invasive surgery just to test dog and cat food.
Animal lovers wouldn’t sacrifice their own animal companions’
welfare to benefit other animals, and they don’t want to subject
animals just like theirs to cruel and unnecessary experimentation. We’re
talking about dog and cat food here. The truth is that this continued
experimentation is about nothing more than Iams’ pocketbook.
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