we have choices. You choose to be hurtful with your words.
I'm so glad I don't.
I'm not choosing to be hurtful, I'd like to think I'm being terse. Sorry if you took it that way.
That being said, I find it mildly insulting for someone new to the board to come in and assume that we "innocently" buy our dog food. You're assuming we don't do our own research, or make educated decisions on how we take care of our animals.
In addition, there are degrees of animal laboratory studies; from the cruel to the innocuous. There are also two sides to every point of view. If you start a thread the deals with animal experimentation, animal diets, or laboratory feeding studies, you should expect that there may be some who take a contrary point, or issue a challenge to post your factual references. If you can't deal with that, you probably shouldn't post.
As far as Iams goes, I believe that most of that controversy is very old news. If you take the time to do some research, you'll find that the offenses were actually done by contractors to Iams, and that Iams has radically changed the way the do research and business. You might even contact Iams for their point of view. They have taken quite a few steps to insure that things like that don't happen in the future.
While I don't believe everything corporations tell me, I do believe that pet food companies are very sensitive to public pressure and perceptions. They may not become ethical for moral reasons, but they may do so because of economic reasons. The reason this is still floating around the internet is because radical groups like PETA, Uncaged and others have to have some kind of controversy to keep themselves relevant. JMO