Pet Food Controversy
In 2007, Rand Paul and animal activists had conflicting positions around pet food safety. Activist groups claimed that Rand Paul intentionally removed pet food safety laws in order to protect the profits of AAFCO while ignoring the safety of pet food and ignoring the needs of millions of pet food consumers.
“Senator Paul explained away the devastating addendum as conflict of interest telling constituents the 2007 pet food safety laws has called into question FDA’s longstanding relationship with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), a voluntary membership association that maintains a published list of animal food ingredient definitions.”
Rand Paul, born January 7, 1963, is an American physician and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Kentucky since 2011. He is the son of former three-time presidential candidate and twelve-term U.S. representative of Texas Ron Paul.
Paul was a candidate for the Republican nomination at the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He suspended his campaign in February 2016 after finishing in fifth place during the Iowa caucuses. While he initially opposed candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries, he supported Trump following his nomination and became one of his top supporters in the Senate during and after his presidency. In November 2019, Paul signed a pledge to support a constitutional amendment to limit senators to two terms; in January 2022 he announced he would seek a third term that year.