Veganism is a fast developing movement that seems to be getting bigger all the time, but one question remains – should parents/pet owners force their offspring or pets to follow their diet as well?
Naturally most vegans would raise their children to eat in a similar style to themselves, but I don’t think anyone has come across people forcing their pets to live a vegan lifestyle or at least not until now, after Vegan animal rights YouTube campaigner Sonia Sae has revealed that she feeds her fox Jumanji non meat based cat food.
You wouldn’t think that this is a problem, but foxes obviously eat meat out in the wild and the non meat diet is apparently causing Jumanji all sorts of health problems. This has caused Sonia to face a hell of a lot of criticism with one Facebook User pretty much throwing the book at her:
It was recently also discovered Jumanji is partially blind already, no doubt due to taurine deficiency from his diet of vegan cat food.
He is experiencing hair loss (which she claims is an allergy), appears underweight, and from the videos provided on her instagram last week, he is also lethargic for a fennec.
[Sae] also claims he sheds his winter and summer coats…fennec foxes are a desert dwelling animal and do not have seasonal coats that they ‘shed’…meanwhile hair loss is a very common symptom of malnutrition.
Sonia has refused to listen to experts who are all appalled at her treatment of Jumanji and have contacted her regarding the health of her fennec fox. Among these are a few sanctuaries, fox rescues, and exotic vet techs.
The police are now currently investigating and hopefully some progress will be made in getting Jumanji the care he needs.
I mean the fox certainly doesn’t look healthy does it? Whether this is down to its vegan diet or not is anyone’s guess though. Sonia obviously vehemently disagrees, arguing that it’s nothing to do with the fact that the fox is deprived of the worms, mice and insects that it would normally eat in the wild.
Here’s her response:
Thank you for being concerned about his health on this subject. He is in good shape, his blood tests are fine, he’s healthy, playful and hasn’t shown any signs of malnutrition for around 3 years.
They use the word ‘abuse’ to describe the act of feeding [it] food that no animal had to die for. Despite the obvious oxymoron, any other non-vegan alternative does involve abuse by default,
I am preparing a video to explain everything, debunking all the lies that some people have spread about this whole situation, putting updated blood tests, explaining his story etc.”
Well that was always going to be her reply there wasn’t it? I’ve seriously got no idea who’s in the right or the wrong here though because I’m not a scientist/biologist/whatever. Just hope that little Jumanji ends up OK in the end because man, he does not look good right now.
For more vegans, check out this woman who accidentally got served a McChicken sandwich. Not cool.