Target: FDA Director Bernadette Dunham
Goal: End the import of dog treats from China that have killed thousands of pets
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has discovered that jerky treats for dogs imported from China have been linked to more than 1,000 deaths. The treats, supposedly fit for human consumption, have also made three people ill, including two children who consumed them accidently. No specific causes have yet been identified, but the situation bears a striking resemblance to treats imported from China in January 2013 that contained illegal antibiotics. This must be stopped immediately before any more pets are harmed.
The FDA has been investigating links between pet treats from China and illnesses in dogs for nearly seven years. These ailments include gastrointestinal illness, kidney failure, and Fanconi syndrome, in which the kidneys do not return certain resources back into the body. The most recent estimates indicate that more than 5,000 dogs have been affected.
“There’s definitely something in those treats that cause these signs and this syndrome,” said Brett Levitzke, a veterinarian in Brooklyn, NY who has personally seen a dozen deaths since 2012 and has no doubt there is something toxic in the treats. Del Monte, Nestle Purina, and IMS Pet Industries have been importing their jerky treats from a factory in Shandong, China. The FDA has yet to find the exact cause of the illnesses. This is mostly due to the fact that Chinese regulators do not allow them to take their products out of the country for testing. The situation is serious enough, though, that the FDA has asked the Center for Disease Control to help with the investigation.
U.S. manufacturers continue to assert that their products are safe, yet they have already started pulling their products from shelves that are manufactured in China. Luke Qin, who runs the factory in Shandong, has even said that he had to close four of his five factories because of manufacturers discontinuing products. It is obvious that both the manufacturers and the FDA believe there is a problem with these treats and, therefore, there is absolutely no reason why they should continue to be imported.
Please sign the petition below and demand that the FDA place a ban on the import of dog treats from China so that thousands of dogs will no longer be at risk of illness and death.
Dear Bernadette Dunham,
More than 1,000 dog deaths have been linked to jerky treats imported from China. In January 2013 treats imported from China were pulled from shelves because they contained illegal antibiotics. More than 5,000 deaths in total have been recorded since 2011. Two children and an adult have also become ill. Something must be done immediately to stop this.
Please ban the import of dog treats from China. The United States cannot continue to put pets at risk of disease, illness, and death when it could so easily be prevented.
[Your Name Here]
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