I thought this was appropriate to the thread, you may have already been eating your pets....
It turns out that the company, West Coast Rendering, was until last year sending hundreds of tons of rendered dead pet to Asia, where the remains were
used to feed farm salmon and shrimp. Quite a bit of this then recrossed the Pacific for human consumption - not a pleasant thought. But it gets
As of December, the rendered dog and cat trade ceased overnight. Why? Because, according to the US Department of Agriculture, dogs and cats are
officially defined for export purposes as "beef byproducts". And December was the month when a single case of mad cow disease was discovered in
Washington State, closing down America's beef export markets.
You may not have thought of your friendly neighbourhood furball as a miniature cow, but that's how the US government views it. Creepy - and the
upshot is even creepier.
Unable to sell its dead pet parts, West Coast Rendering is simply stockpiling them in its warehouse in Vernon, an industrial park in south LA. Since
Los Angeles is the stray pet capital of the US, the numbers are daunting, with 600 tons of dog and cat piled up so far.
The company has room for 1,200 tons in all, after which, if the export ban is not lifted, it will have to find a way to dispose of the animals -
assuming it can stay in business.
LA's landfills don't accept dead pets, which leaves only the option of burning them - a smelly, smog-inducing, not to say distinctly queasy process.
Another round of Auschwitz epithet- hurling, one senses, cannot be far off.