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Anna Nicole Smith's dogs boycott Iams
Latest PETA campaign targets pet food maker's testing practices
Oct. 28, 2005
NEW YORK - Anna Nicole Smith’s dogs are boycotting pet food maker Iams.
Smith’s protesting pooches are refusing dog food from Iams in a new
advertisement for PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
"Marilyn, Sugar Pie and Puppy are boycotting Iams until it stops testing on
animals in labs," the poster reads beneath a picture of Smith, a former
Playboy model, and her three dogs.
PETA claims an undercover investigation in 2002 and 2003 revealed
"deplorable" conditions in Iams’ contract laboratory. The group said at
least 27 dogs were killed, and listed abuses including cramped conditions
and having dogs’ vocal cords removed to prevent barking.
Iams, which sells pet food and pet care products, disputes those
"We have constantly and publicly communicated with the public with what we
do in our feeding studies," Kurt Iverson, a spokesman for Iams, told The
Press on Friday. "We also work with a number of well-respected
officials from animal welfare groups, like the ASPCA and the Humane Society
of the United States."
The ad will be posted next week on PETA’s Web site, and it will appear on
billboards this winter.