From: State Defense Council, Subject files, 1940-1946, Series 419
The “Share the Meat” program was promoted by the War Food Administration during World War II. The program urged Americans to limit their weekly consumption of meat to ensure an adequate supply for troops serving overseas.
This document is a press release designed “for use at any time.” It encourages pet owners to modify the amount of red meat fed to dogs and cats, and to take what they feed to pets into consideration when planning to participate in the Share the Meat program. This document is an example of the information disseminated to citizens on the homefront to encourage greater participation in wartime rationing programs.
Feature-news story for use any time
May be localized by quoting local Nutrition Committee Chairman.
Have you told Fido or Kitty yet that he or she is going to have to get along with less meat under the government’s voluntary Share-the-Meat program?
If not, it might be a good idea to break it gently to your cat and dog that if he gets his red meat in the future, his share must come out of the two and a half pounds suggested for you as an adult, under the regulations applying to meat consumption until rationing takes place.
You pet may let out a yowl, but about the only thing you can do is sit down quietly and explain that pork chops and rib roasts and such things are probably going to be out for him for the duration.
Fido will have to be content with bits and leavings from the table and possibly a discarded cooked bone on festive occasions, but Kitty will probably hail the news that there are not restrictions on liver or fish, or some other parts of meat animals which may be bought without limitation.
It need not be entirely a starved dog’s life, however, as dehydrated dog foods can be enriched with milk or the gravy from the family roast or with the water in which vegetables were cooked.
And, animal nutritionists add, mixing meat grave with vegetables or cereals or dried foods is an excellent way to persuade the dog to eat these unaccustomed foods.