You know, I like the idea of raw meat diet for dogs, I really do. I want to believe that it's more 'natural' or more healthy or what not. At the very least, I like reading about different feeding methods for domestic animals (yes, I'm just that exciting). Horses, goats, dogs, cats, whatever. I'm interested in the domestication process in general and different ways that humans keep animals in captivity.
I'm trying to show you where I'm coming from - this is something I'm interested in academically, and also more personally when it comes to dogs (and cats and rats and snakes). So every couple of months, I try to research these things, but when it comes to info on companion animal diets, the amount of bullsh*t I have to wade through every time I go to Google makes me want to hurl. I tried again this morning and yet again came away frustrated.
Yes, yes, I know that any internet research involves donning waders and rubber boots and carrying an industrial sized bottle of hand sanitizer, but for realz, this subject is especially rife with the piles of steaming FAIL. And what's worse, when I ask in dog forums for recommendations, they send me to some of the same gag-worthy places I rejected in the first place!
It's the anti-science, the made up facts, the denial of all risk of THEIR diet and exaggerated risk of THE EVIL KIBBLE, and the "my anecdotes are better than your anecdotes" (changing your dog's diet cured their cancer? Really? And in the very next paragraph you deny all stories of kibble-fed dogs living long, healthy lives?). Like changing the definition of words like "carnivore" to fit their agenda. How is that even relevant? Dogs are related to wolves. They are not wolves. It's helpful to look at wild canines to get an idea of what might be good, but it's not the be-all and end-all. All I want is a few controlled studies in dogs. Is that so much to ask?
It doesn't help at all that these BARF/RAW websites also seem to endorse a lot of tangential woo). Vaccines cause epilepsy in puppies? Pasteurization is evil? Oh, and I should buy your book? I try to avert my eyes, but these things are on the same pages I'm tying to glean information from. I can't avoid them, and it makes me give up that much faster. I feel dirty just clicking on some of these sites.
There are probably a lot of perfectly reasonable people out there (I can think of at least a few), but they are being drowned out by the fluffy-headed, rich white suburbanites with a computer, a starry-eyed Mission, and too much time on their hands.
OK, OK, rant over.