One of the things that really irks a lot of people about veganism is that a lot of vegans are always trying to consciously promote the lifestyle onto everybody that they meet and it turns out that this is true even of their pets – even though it could literally kill them.
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This has come to lights because it’s happening so often that vets have actually taken the unprecedented step of releasing a statement telling vegans that they can’t allow their cats to follow a plant based diet as it’s literally no good for them. They’re strict carnivores and their stomachs aren’t used to plants and so feeding them this diet could actually cause their death.
Here’s what Dr Richard Gowan from The Cat Clinic in Melbourne said:
I understand the move towards socially acceptable food, but I think people need to make these informed social choices in the best interests of the health of the animal rather than the person.
I don’t think we’ve got many people wanting to feed their cats vegan diets, I think most cat owners are fairly sane.
We’ve got two devout vegan staff members who fully appreciate they own little carnivores and if they wanted a vegan pet they’d get a rabbit.
That’s just sensible really isn’t it, and it’s a move that was backed up by RSPCA scientific officer Dr Sarah Zito who said the following:
The nutritional sufficiency of commercially available plant-based pet foods and the potential health effects for the pets who eat those foods have not been adequately assessed.
There is risk that feeding these diets could result in insufficiency of essential nutrients and there is no evidence that there are health benefits from feeding vegan diets to dogs or cats.
I mean you can’t really argue with that can you? The reassuring thing is that it seems like most vegans are sane and respectful of this science and aren’t trying to force it upon their animals, so at least there’s that. Got a feeling it’s only a matter of time though.
For more of the same, check out this vegan who said he couldn’t ejaculate whilst he was on the diet.