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  1. Philip Wilson says:

    One of the most contradictory articles I’ve read in a long time. Only a vegan would describe euthanasia as painful and terrifying. I was present when may dog was euthanised, it was neither painful nor terrifying. It was heartbreaking for me.

    “ Ultimately, the decision on what to feed your pet is up to you”. Power, control and exploitation right there. Hypocrisy at its very best. The dietary needs of an animal is governed by the physiology of the species not the owner.

    No need to reply.

  2. So you think the best thing to do is to continue to exploit animals?

    How are you not supporting animal domestication, and pretending that you are vegan?

    It doesn’t matter what you feed your slave, they are still a slave.

    You do not need to own animals to survive, you are simply trying to (poorly)compartmentalize the continued domestication of a imals.

    1. So I should have left the malnourished stray puppy suffering from mange and fleas in the car park to be hit by a car instead of taking him home and spending thousands on his food and care?

      I’m not sure how enslaved he is, he’s currently asleep on my legs, so I dont want to move in case I wake him.

      I was suppose go out this weekend but he’s recovering from surgery so I’ve cancelled plans so I can spend me weekend making sure he doesn’t lick his stitches.

  3. Hi, I was wondering what I should do if my spouse isn’t vegan, but I am. He believes that we shouldn’t feed our pets a vegan diet, so I just follow him. I don’t want to get rid of our pets or change my diet just because my animals eat a non-vegan diet like my husband.

    1. Hi Kari, that’s a great question and one only you can ultimately answer. Many vegans feed their pets meat. If I were in your position, I wouldn’t feel the need to stop being vegan just because your pets are not.

      If your pets are omnivores, perhaps you can introduce more plants into their diet to reduce the percentage of meat they consume. I hope this helps. And good luck!

      1. Thanks for your reply. I just kind of feel like a hypocrite. I got my pets when I was a vegan, but I thought veganism only extended to myself. I made so many mistakes as a vegan and have guilt, but my purpose was to be vegan and found out it wasn’t or may not be considered vegan. I have had some people say that I am not vegan for having pets and feeding them a non-vegan diet. I genuinely care for animals, but I know that I can’t force others to be like me.

        1. Hi Kari, don’t be so hard on yourself. We all slip up as vegans. As long as you learn from your mistakes and clean them up for next time, you should feel good about your efforts. Only when we knowingly make unaligned decisions does the guilt creep in.

          As for the pet thing, you’re not in a position to make that call without the support from your partner, so it’s unreasonable for you to be held accountable for a joint responsibility. Just keep doing what you can for the animals and tune out the noise from judgements.

          1. Thank you so much for your reply and understanding. 🙂 It really helps. ☺️

          2. if one of the partners behaves unethically and the other partner consents, there would be a joint responsibility for the unethical behaviour

  4. Thanks for this article. The dilemma on feeding meat to pets is one I think about often… I would love to adopt some cats in the future, but don’t feel good about bringing meat into my home. I am looking forward to cell cultured meat becoming more prevalent for that reason. (I won’t eat it, but it definitely seems like a better choice for pets!) For now, it’s easier to feed my naturally vegan bunny 🙂

  5. Thank you for this thoughtful article. For vegans, how to feed a pet is definitely an ethical dilema especially if the pet is an obligate carnivore. I live with two companion animals of the canine persuasion. Ethically and scientifically, canines can live well on a good, balanced vegan diet. So for me, as a vegan, sharing my life with dogs works well. On the other hand, when Mr. Cat passed away last year, we made a decision to not invite another feline to join us. I can’t, in good conscience, feed an obligate carnivore their necessary diet nor can I ethically persuade one to become a vegan. Disregarding all the other issues around sharing your life with non-human beings, I suppose the perfect pet for a vegan might be a rabbit.

    1. Hi Ella, I’m so sorry for your loss. I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve shared. I also appreciate your considerate language when referring to animals.

      1. How does using deceptive language change the nature of what is occuring?

        Why not accept other people’s claims of “humane slaughter” if you are going to accept people’s claims of “humane slavery”?