When I saw “Manufactured in China” on the back of an “American Kennel Club” pork hide treat packaging (below), you could have knocked me over with a feather – or dog fur in this case.
Ollie is a friend’s little toy poodle who often comes to visit during the holidays while his mom goes out of town to see family. Thisis no different. Ollie is a cutie. A whiner, but cute. Sadly his mother feeds him grocery store crap, but he’s healthy and happy, so enough said there.
I picked up one of his treat bags and saw the AKC name and logo and could tell it was what we call “junk food for dogs,” which in moderation is fine. But I most definitely was NOT expecting to see that this product was manufactured in China. I inspected the package more closely thinking that perhaps some fly-by-night company is illegally using the AKC name, but no. In the bottom right corner it clearly states, “AKC American Kennel Club and the trademarks, logos and designs are trademarks of The American Kennel Club Inc. Used with permission.”
China-made dog food and treats have come under close scrutiny recently due to pet owners claiming that their pets became sick, with some dying, due to being fed food products from China. When I saw the AKC approved their name on a product that is made in China, it just blew me away. Do they even realize what exactly their name is being stamped upon?
In playing “Devil’s Advocate” now, let’s argue that the sick pets in the news were actually ill from another reason, not from dog treats from China. Besides putting the AKC name on a product which is very controversial these days, is this not the AMERICAN Kennel Club? I don’t recall registering any of my dogs to the Chinese Kennel Club. When I run my dog in agility trials, they run in AMERICAN Kennel Club agility trials, not the Chinese Kennel Club agility trials.
Shame on you, American Kennel Club, for allowing your name to be put on a dog treat from China. Both for the dog’s health and because you are not supporting American-made products and the jobs required to manufacture American-made products.
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