Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Vegan is as vegan does … and then there are our pets

Okay, here’s a conundrum I bet any pet owning, animal loving vegan or vegetarian goes through. If you’re like me, you live a life as free as possible of animal products, do the vegan diet, keep a watch on animal cruelty and try to avoid products that do animal testing, etc. You just don’t want to support that kind of thing, so you don’t. You’re feeling pretty proud of yourself for your anti-cruelty, anti-meat position. Yep, doing just fine. Until …

“Meow.” Your beloved feline baby wants dinner, so you reach into the closet for some Meow Mix, or get a can of food out of the cupboard.

Stop. Now, think about this for a minute. Just *where* do you think this stuff comes from? Pressed tofu and dried carrots? Nope, folks, it’s MEAT (or more accurately the leftover junk thereof euphemistically called “byproducts” on the label), that nasty stuff you thought you’d so carefully (and maybe with just a touch of superiority) excised from your life. Well, think again.

Plain and simple, even if you’re vegan in your own diet, if you’ve got a pet, you’re not entirely so (unless you want to cram Fido or Fluff into a diet so unnatural to them as a species that you’ll actually have to feed them supplements to try to keep them alive, never mind truly healthy). You have to buy pet food, or make your own. Therefore, you are a meat consumer, whether you like it or not.

Now, I’d do anything for my babies. I am, after all, an animal loving vegan. My babies are animals … and so are the poor chickens and cows, et al, *they* eat. It is in part because of this continual tug between my own values that I will always be a lazy vegan. I cannot judge someone else’s desire or need for some meat in their diet while I lecture them on the evils of meat, *and* hold my nose while I boil chicken for my kits’ dinner at the same time. I’m just not that ambidextrous, nor do I want to be.

7 comments:

  1. Hi-Please please please checkout this webpage: www.buykind.com/thestoreveganpetfood.html or this link: www.petfoodshop.com
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    Best to you.

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  2. Please please please check out this link:
    buykind.com/thestoreveganpetfood.html
    or this link:
    www.petfoodshop.com
    Evolution pet food has documented a more than 17 year study which proves CATS CAN BE VEGAN and not can cats be vegan but cats are living a longer healthier life compared to a murdered animal parts diet - to 21 plus healthy happy years. And of course dogs can be vegan and are living longer healthier lives as vegans as well. Please check it out. Please contact me with any questions at all. Thank you for all you do to make better world for ALL. Best to you.

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  3. Hi, Jody:

    Thanks so much for your comments. I do absolutely know that dogs can be omnivores. But I fully believe that in their natural state, they instinctually choose to have some meat. As a vegan who respects animals, I just don't advocate taking a dog away from his natural food source. And with kitties, they are true carnivores, not even omnivores as dogs and humans are. So much as I dislike the idea of meat for myself, I do acquiesce and give it to my kits. As a cat owner for many years, I did actually briefly try a meatless diet with them and almost lost one girl (and yes, it was "scientifically proven," with added taurine, etc.). Once they got their chicken again, they recovered. So I will never again take them away from what is the closest I can provide to their natural food source, either, I have to say. I do appreciate your comments, though, truly, and best to you.

    Kim

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  4. Hi Kim -
    Please, at least for the sake of the innocent animals who will be slaughtered, go to the two links I pasted above. I would love to hear what you think after looking at the information there and then please follow up with any unanswered questions at Evolution's Nutrition Help Phone is 651-221-9056. My dog has been vegan for six years and is now a happy extremely healthy 14 year old. I also just read a 27 year old vegan collie which I posted below. I would love to talk with you after you at least research these sources. I understand the seriousness of this issue and adore you for the love you have for your babies!!! A possible outcome for you and them is a longer healthier life to spend together. I am so adamant about this because innocent animals lives are at risk. Please research this info and then I would love to talk to you. Best, Jody ultrahumane@gmail.com

    27 YEAR OLD DOG

    27-year-old vegan collie could be world's oldest living dog.

    A border collie said to be 27 could make it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest living dog.

    Bramble's owner Anne Heritage says she's still alert and active and goes for a walk four times a day near her home in Bridgwater, Somerset.

    The 43-year-old says she feeds her a vegan diet of rice, lentils and organic vegetables.

    Her partner Roy Franklin takes her swimming once a week at a canine hydrotherapy pool.

    A Guinness spokesman says the dog could be the oldest living and they are keen to examine any application.

    The Daily Mail reports Britain's oldest dog was a pedigree papillon called Fred who died at the of 29 in 2000. The world's longest-lived dog was an Australian cattle dog who lived to be just months older than Fred.

    Ms Heritage says Bramble nearly died last year after injuring her back in a fall, but has become better with the help of the swimming sessions.

    She said: "She loves exercise and has a real passion for being outdoors. She can be a thorn in my side when she's restless, but it's what keeps her going."

    http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=102707296&blogID=277683484&MyToken=2f450519-d4ca-4a09-85d3-f19124e05379

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  5. Hi, Jody:

    Thanks for the information. At this point, my kits are doing very well on the diet they're on (my oldest is 17 and going very strong). Again, in part because of the previous scare I had, I just don't even have the slightest interest in tinkering with it, especially given the girls' advanced ages. Any problems they might have with it would be much harder on them at this age than when they were younger, and that was very difficult (and expensive) even so.

    I do absolutely believe that the dogs you speak of (including your own baby :-) ) are doing well on this, but again, they're omnivores (like humans) and thus can generally adjust to a completely vegan diet if necessary, whereas cats are true carnivores. I do absolutely appreciate the information, though. Have a good night!

    Kim

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