Iams Loves Their Pets

Hello friends, Oskar’s mom person Pam here.  I let you know that I was going to the Iams & Eukanuba Behind The Paw Influencer Summit these past few days and I have to tell you that I had a wonderful time and met so many amazing people.

I think the first thing I have to address is the PETA video that is out there from 2002.  PETA has pasted together some horrible footage from an outside facility that Proctor & Gamble, Iams parent company, used for a period of time for a small portion of their animal testing.  This facility did testing on many animals from many different sources

Iams felt that the feedback they were getting about their animals at this facility, was not very good.  What they decided to do was hire a person themselves to oversee the care of their animals at this lab.  Iams wanted to ensure that their animals got proper care, stimulation and were being treated well.  The person that Iams ended up hiring was an undercover PETA operative, who took inflammatory video, mostly of dogs that were not Iams animals and swung the power of PETA against “big corporate America” for sympathy and to raise money for their cause.

At the end of this PETA video it asks for you to contribute to Fifi, an IAMS pet.  What PETA does not tell you is that Fifi was removed from the facility and adopted out to a loving family through the Iams adoption program.  Any money given to PETA for “Fifi” is not being used to help her.

I met and spent almost 3 days with Proctor & Gambles Iams/Eukanuba team including Jason Taylor, who is in charge of external relations.  What I want you to know more than anything is that the entire Iams family is deeply hurt by the lies that have been spread about them.  I met everyone from the president of Iams Eukanuba North America to the employees that work at the production plant and these people love animals as much as I do. 

Did Iams pay for me to Dayton to convince me that the PETA accusations are untrue?  In part, yes they did.  Were they successful in doing so?  Absolutely.  Do I want a fight with PETA on my Oskar’s little corner of blogland?  Absolutely not, but what I do want is our friends to know are my honest opinions. 

Iams research & development dogs are happy, exceptionally well treated, well trained dogs who are bought from reputable breeders, are AKC registered and adopted out to loving families at the end of their time with Iams.

I’ve got a lot more to tell you about my trip & I will in the coming days.  This will be the only post in which I address the PETA video.  I welcome your comments, but if their not respectful then they will be deleted.

Photobucket & Pam, his mom person


27 Responses »

  1. Oh Oskar I sure am happy that your Mom is home with you now. You sure must be one happy pup.

    My Mom wants your Mom to know that she respects her opinons and hopes that others will too.

    woo woos, Tessa

  2. Thank you for the clarification. It's awful how low some people will go for publicity.
    I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip to the IAMs/Eukanuba facility.

  3. Very well said Pam!
    Sherman and Leroy have Oskar's back
    if anyone messes with him in blogland! Just kidding, just kidding-I don't want anyone to take offense!
    Hope it is ok if I link to you, as you post about the trip.

  4. My mum has nevers been convinced or believed some of da things Peta says and does. We believe their mission inprotecting animals is good but they go about in all da wrong ways…and they also seem to be a little wishy washy.
    I am so excited to hears all bout what you has learned and stuffs.

    PS: we would nevers disrespect somebuddy fur their opinion:)

  5. Thanks for your view on things. I have not made up my mind on how I feel about the issue, but I appreciate your take on it and sharing your thoughts and experiences, especially since you were there and met with officials from the company.

    Look forward to reading more about your trip!

    K (and Suka)

  6. We are glad you are home and had a good trip. We look forward to hearing more! Lots of love, Holly & Mom

  7. Hi Pam. To be honest we had never even heard about the video. But to read that PETA manipulated it doesn't surprise me. I am very much anti-PETA, but I won't go into that here.

    It is nice to know that you got to meet the company reps and talk to them to find out what was going on from their side – so you can then take all the information you have and try to come to your own decision instead of just blindly following one side.

  8. Hmmm very interesting and very well said! We don't hear any stories all the way over in little old NZ!

    You must be glad to have you human back Oskar 🙂

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

  9. It's easy to curve the truth to serve your purpose…..even get financial gain from that!!! PETA's actions sound so disappointing.

    I am happy that Iams seem like a lovely company with their "animal love" intact.

    Well done Pam.

    Rubie's mum.

  10. Thanks so much for your opinions. This was very interesting to read. I definitely have some mixed feelings about PETA though I also have some pretty strong feelings about animals being used in any kind of testing.

    We have had some lab animals at the shelter I volunteer at and they have been in terrible shape. Glad to hear IAMS is setting new standards for their animals.

    Looking forward to reading more.

    Kristin & Pip

  11. Very interesting! We is looking forward to hearing more.
    We agree with some of the others about PETA. Some of the stuff they do just seems very extreme and counter productive to their cause. We always take them with a 'pinch of salt'.

  12. It's always better when a pet food company and all the people who love their pets can work together to make it a better world for people and the animals they love.

    Oskar, it's always good to hear from you!

    Have a good weekend!

    Tom & Julie

  13. my girl has a lot of friends who support PETA and some of the things they do for "animal rights" are just down-right over the top. thank you so much for sharing this information, more people need to know!

  14. It's very sad what people will stoop to when trying to get donations from people. They should be ashamed of themselves. So glad you were able to clear things up for us.
    your friends,
    Bruce & Sharon:)

  15. Thanks for sharing your opinions and what you've learned. I bet you're glad to be home! 🙂

    Happy Sunday woofs & hugs,


  16. I'm really looking forward to hearing about your trip. I have just been looking at a lot of different dog foods because we just recently switched Oscar over to a new one. I'm sure you learned a lot!

  17. The issue with animal testing and the dogs there is sensitive, and I like how you discuss it in such a rational and lovely way. And I'm looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.

  18. Thanks so much for posting this info. I'm one of those pet passionate Iams employees you heard about on your trip and so glad to see folk like you help to dispel the rumors. Hope you had a fun, informative visit and a safe trip back home.

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