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2007 Pet food recall victims remembered

by Therese on March 16, 2010

in Cats, Dogs, Pet Food Recall

pet food recall victims remembered at memorial to cats and dogs that died from melamine tainted pet food in 2007The massive pet food recall in 2007 left thousands of pets dead, and countless others with life-long illnesses. Most pet food companies went back to business as usual even as people were burying their dead pets or making changes in their lives to care for pets who will suffer for the rest of their lives. In many ways, these pets have been forgotten by all but the people who love them.

Not everyone has forgotten though.

A five acre area in Keystone Lake, Oklahoma has been donated by a family that was affected by the pet food recall. They’ve set aside the land to be used as a way for people to remember the pets they lost or those who are still suffering from illnesses caused by the melamine poisoned food, or any other deadly pet food. The land, known as Vindication, will give pet owners a place to have a stone memorial to their pet, at no cost to the pet owner.

From the 2007 melamine pet food recall alone, some estimates are as high as 300,000 U.S. and Canadian pets became sick, died, or are still fighting kidney disease. Countless thousands more pets have become sick from recalls or silent recalls of tainted pet food since.

No laws have changed, no lawsuits have been settled, none responsible have been jailed.  No one has told us how many died or remains sick; no one tells us how many continue to become sick and/or die from new recalls.  Today, with numerous silent recalls (pet foods being removed from store shelves without an official public recall) we barely even know the partial truth of pet food risks. Many pet foods continue to import inferior ingredients, continue to violate Federal Food Safety Laws, continue killing and sickening pets. Pet Owners have written letters to Congress, begged pet loving Celebrities, pleaded with Federal Officials for change. Time and time again we’ve been ignored.


Vindication is ours.  As you read this Vindication is being sculpted by the donors into flowering gardens with handmade stones lining the cascading pathways.  Careful selections of flowers are being chosen; flowers will bloom both day and night.  At the very front of our land will be 16 handmade stones circled into the pathway beginning.  These 16 stones signify the 16 “official” pets that died at Menu Foods testing laboratory long before the deadliest recall in world history was announced.

Read more about Vindication and how victims of the 2007 pet food recall, as well as any other pets who suffer from eating bad pet food, will be remembered at Truth About Pet Food.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan March 16, 2010 at 8:45 am

Thank you so much for sharing about Vindication!
Just an FYI…Vindication is not limited to just pets from the 2007 recall, it is open to any pet that has become ill or has died from any pet food any time. We want to remember all of them.
Thanks again for noting this story!


diedmarch172007 March 16, 2010 at 8:57 am

All victims of deadly and maiming pet products, not just 2007, are being honored. The food does not have to be “officially recalled” because we all know that many deadly pet products just keep on being sold.
If your pet died or you ran up horrendous vet bills from any toxic pet products , your pet has a place in Vindication, if it happened last week or it happens next week, your pet has a place to be remembered.
I filled out the forms for my pets and am putting up flyers to spread the word.


ChrisLWagner March 16, 2010 at 11:14 am

Thanks so much for reminding us what happened and for remembering all of those pets that died!


Susan March 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

What a wonderful project – it brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing this!


Sara Robison February 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Hi: I am still miss my little beautiful Baby who died march 17 2007 because of the pet food recall, what a horrible day that was and still fresh in my mind, Baby was the love of my life, so many beautifyl pets died that time, living us moms still crying about that horrible tragedy, and to think the pets food still is made from horrible ingredients, and those companies still getting richer, why they never get punish and
why they are allow to continuing killing our pets?. i read the other day whats cats and dogs food is made of, can not mentioned it because would make people sick but they disguise it in beautiful pakeges and cans, brakes my heart every time i have to feed my 2 cats. thanks for this nice site.


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