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If they weren't making dog and cat food out of those by-products, much of it would likely simply be discarded. - salaryguru

Who is to say that a dog or a cat's life is any less worthwhile than any humans life? My dog is a whole lot more faithful and loyal than I am. It's not like the Earth has a shortage of humans on it anyway? There are 6.7 billion of us and growing. If anything humans are a plague on this planet and it might be beneficial if a few billion of us weren't here? As far as I am concerned I wish humans would use more restraint in reproducing. Dogs and cats aren't the problem, people are.

I suppose all the guts and heads and feet and bones could be turned directly into fertilizer but if you think about it, it is turned into fertilizer only after having run through the gut of a dog or a cat? In fact a lot of cat manure gets run through a second time by being eaten by a dog and re-digested and then excreted for a second time. For some reason dogs think cat feces tastes delicious.

Nothing really ever gets wasted. Stuff we are currently burying in landfills will one day be squished and heated by the earths crust and then subducted deep under the earth where it will be melted and turned into rocks to rise again millions of years in the future like dinosaur bones.

Or it will be dug up by our descendants and they will mine it to get the minerals and chemicals out and use them; perhaps after they either develop more efficient ways to use them or they are living a very primitive life and are just so desperate for metals and plastic and stuff that they are living a very minimalistic lifestyle.

Either way, nothing gets wasted. It's always there and will be re-cycled over and over again.

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