Why we do animal feeding studies:
We have an ethical responsibility to assure our
products are safe and wholesome by feeding them to dogs and cats.
We fully support the internationally accepted
principles of the 3 Rs: replacement of animal studies with non-animal
alternatives, reduction in the numbers of animals involved in studies
and the refinement of methods to enhance animal welfare. We involve animals
only if there is no valid non-animal option and are actively researching
Our studies are designed to help veterinarians
and pet owners worldwide enhance the well-being of cats and dogs or manage
important pet health conditions. Our findings are shared globally to benefit
others who are seeking to improve the health and well being of cats and
dogs and to help prevent repetition of tests requiring animals.
What kinds of studies we do and where we do them:
We do not fund studies that require the loss of life
of cats or dogs. We only conduct dog and cat studies that are the veterinary
equivalent of nutritional or medical studies acceptable on people, including:
urine, feces, blood and immune cell analysis, allergy tests, and skin
and muscle biopsies.
Effective November 1, 2006, we conduct studies in just three kinds of locations: pet owners' homes, our Pet Health & Nutrition Center and locations where dogs and cats are already living (e.g. assistance dog organizations, kennels, etc). We test our foods with healthy pet cats or dogs in their homes or with
pets who already have specific diseases or conditions.
We conduct studies with species other than dogs and cats when no validated alternative is available. Our work is consistent with Procter & Gamble's policy and practices, following all applicable regulations and guidelines.
How we conduct our studies:
All of the dogs and cats in our feeding programs who
are not already private pets remain in our program, are adopted into private
homes or are placed in our retirement center.
We ensure the humane treatment of all species and provide
for their well being, socialization and husbandry in a manner compatible
with the company's philosophy. We assure the highest possible standards
of care by having an Animal Welfare Specialist and Veterinarian looking
after the dogs and cats in our studies. We are committed to exceeding
standards established by US and European legislation and guidelines.
Our studies are monitored by our own staff and independent
experts with the goal being to create enriched environments for the cats
and dogs. If there is the potential for pain or distress, we do whatever
we can to prevent or eliminate it.
We do not fund any activities outside our company that
may be inconsistent with our Policy. We do not use, in any studies, cats
or dogs who are already induced with disease or surgically altered through
other research; nor does the company conduct such studies under the auspices
of any industry association or group.
Comments from others:
Kennel Club (UK)/Crufts
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
Animal Medical Center (AMC)
American Kennel Club (AKC)
Companions for Independence (CCI)
Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA)
Federation of Humane Societies
In addition, we invite you to read some verbatim
comments from Iams customers about how our research has changed the
lives of their four-footed family members.
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