Position Statement on Canine Mutilation Practices
We believe all dogs and all breeds should have access to the best nutrition - raw food. ProDog Raw is formulated for working dogs and marketed as such.
Our marketing images include customer photos chosen for their conditioned physique. We do not discriminate, we are inclusive of all dogs regardless of breed or working role.
We support organisations, charities and individuals committed to ending unnecessary practises such as:
- Breeding brachycephalic (flat-faced breeds) dogs with known breathing, eye or facial skin fold problems
- Tail docking for non-working dogs
- Ear cropping for aesthetic reasons. We agree with the position of the BVA (UK vets) and the AVMA (vets in USA) on this.
- Digit amputation (dewclaw removal) for non-medical cosmetic reasons in non-working breeds
- Early neutering in young puppies
- Neutering for non-medical reasons (e.g. all breeds in UK and USA). In Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Switzerland, routine neutering is illegal
At ProDog Raw, we realise that these dogs, despite their mutilation, and sometimes because of it (e.g. early or non-medical neutering) deserve, indeed, require, optimal non-ultra-processed food (UPF).
We believe raw food, such as our products, fulfil this need. We believe most kibbled, tinned, pouched or other ambient dog food products fall under the definition of UPF.
In human nutrition, the NOVA classification system, promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, defines UPFs as: 'formulations of ingredients, mostly of exclusive industrial use, typically created by a series of industrial techniques and processes'. The term ‘ultra-processed’ was coined to refer to industrial formulations manufactured from substances derived from foods or synthesized from other organic sources. They typically contain little or no whole foods [and] are ready-to-consume.
Example studies used by FAO in humans show UPFs associated with obesity and related factors (values of or changes in weight, body mass index, waist circumference, skinfolds, percentage of body fat); cardiovascular health (hypertension, dyslipidaemia, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular diseases - overall, coronary heart diseases and cerebrovascular disease); cancer (overall, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer); depression; asthma and wheezing; gastrointestinal disorders, frailty syndrome, and also all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality. We believe UPF similarly affects dogs.
We, at Prodog Raw, would add the near universal practice of feeding UPF kibble and tinned foods to dogs to the list of unnecessary canine mutilations.