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Late in 2003 research by Uncaged uncovered collaboration between IAMS and the hunting and fur farming lobbies, confirming IAMS and P&G's real 'values.'

An American lobby group called the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA), which includes vivisectors, fur farmers and hunting organisations, is a public supporter of IAMS. Its underlying philosophy is that animals exist to be exploited for human gain. A statement from the NAIA appears on the IAMS website in defence of IAMS' research practices.

In 2004 the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS - which is supposedly against animal abuse and exploitation) had allowed itself to become a stooge of IAMS/P&G by accepting their sponsorship of HSUS' 'Pet Fest' event. Uncaged, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our supporters had lobbied HSUS to dump IAMS and not take their 'blood money', as it promoted IAMS' cruel animal research policy. Thankfully, HSUS had decided to end its relationship with IAMS after the 'Pet Fest.'

However, IAMS beat them to it, suddenly announcing that it is ending its sponsorship of 'Pet Fest' because HSUS opposes hunting!

In an extraordinary letter to hunters and hunt groups - including extreme pro-hunting fringe group the US Sportsmen's Alliance - IAMS apologized "for the frustration that this sponsorship has caused" and pledged "We are definitely pro-dog and clearly not anti-hunting" and then listed its pro-hunting credentials. Such is IAMS' commitment to hunting they conducted field studies - reported in the October 2002 edition of 'Outdoor Life' magazine - to show that dogs fed IAMS/Eukanuba foods caught and killed more birds.

In August 2004 IAMS gave $25,000 to the National Field Trial Championship, a "sport" hunting event in which dogs are used to hunt quail (see www.iamscruelty.com/iams-feat-hunting2.asp).

Dan Carey Reveals IAMS' True Colours At Conference

A presentation by IAMS' Dan Carey at the Pet Food Forum, March 31, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois revealed much about the contempt with which IAMS views the 'animal welfare' issue.

Carey told his audience of 'pet' food industry representatives that the industry must take control of animal welfare standards away from animal guardians; must avoid legislation mandating animal welfare; and must give the appearance of changing its' animal research policies. He insisted that laboratory studies on animals needed to continue, and pleaded with companies not to compete against each other on animal welfare issues (e.g. companies signing up to 'non-animal testing standards'!).

This is just one example of how company statements that are posted on websites or sent out by customer services simply cannot be relied upon when judging if a company has a genuine 'cruelty free' testing policy.

IAMS Hires Vivisector As Director of Veterinary Services

Dr Glen Hoffsis, former dean of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a "food animal" consultant, was appointed IAMS' Director of Veterinary Services in January 2004 to help the company link up with veterinary schools, conduct research, promote its pet insurance products, and help expand its chain of pet diagnostic centres.

Hoffsis is probably best known for his role in cruel experiments on cats at Ohio State in which the cats were infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and then injected with methamphetamines. The cats endured painful surgeries to determine whether or not methamphetamines adversely affected their brains and immune systems. Hoffsis was also involved in research on cows and other "food-producing animals" to make them 'safe' for consumption.

According to the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR), under Hoffsis' tenure as dean, students at Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine conducted terminal surgeries on animals for class credit.


Uncaged Campaigns 23.08.04


Uncaged 1993-2012: This is the archived website of Uncaged. All information correct at the time of archiving - November 2012.