There is a petfood rendering plant in Québec owned by a company called Sanimax. The name is interesting. It implies that they turn out products which are sanitised to a maximum. It’s quite appropriate because in the sanitisation of putrefied carcasses the smell is absolutely horrendous. If you live next to one of these rendering plants you may have to move. Residents near the Québec rendering plant say that their children want to throw up when they are out playing. The smell is like “vomit times 10”.
Sanimax are proud of their work: “premium pet food ingredients for winning results” or their products are for “discerning pet owners”. It is all very much sanitised. We like the process of the preparation of petfood to be as sanitised as possible. For everyone that means as far away from us as possible because we do not like the reality of the creation of petfood.
I realise that not all petfood contains rendered carcasses and other bits of animals that come from various sources but a lot of it does.
I’m told that there are hundreds of rendering plants in America processing about 25 million tonnes of animal byproducts annually.
To return to the gist of this article. We do not like reality. We like to box it away and to forget about it. We like to buy petfood from the shelves nicely packaged. We don’t really want to ask questions. We don’t have time. We just want to feed our cat as conveniently as possible. Then we throw away the vast amount of packaging that piles up rapidly in our home, which is carted off to landfill sites which are equally rapidly starting to overflow.
The video on this page is a bit of reality. To me it looks disrespectful of animals but I’m probably being sentimental. Somebody has to do the work. We can’t waste a food source no matter how objectionable it looks to us; we who like to live in a sanitised world.
Source: Poisoned Pets