Signal boosting for all fellow pet owners. This is not okay.
I’ve seen this circulating, some people using it as a form of selected fact finding to completely debunk veganism as a whole, and I just wanted to point out some things.
Almost every vegan cat owner I know feeds their cats regular cat food. They know they just gotta do what they can to keep their kitty healthy. Even though there is vegan cat food available to meet every dietary requirement for cats, and even though cats on a vegan diet is possible, no living creature can live off potatoes, rice milk and pasta alone. That’s not even a stable human diet. This cat didn’t nearly die because it’s owners were vegan, it nearly died because it’s owners were fucking stupid.
Actually it is NOT possible for a cat to live on a vegan diet and be healthy. I am a vegan but I would NEVER feed my cat a vegan diet for the following reasons:
Any vegetarian or vegan who has a cat, at some stage thought about feeding it vegetarian diet. Out of all the domestic animals cats are unique. A study by the National Cancer Institute suggests that all current domestic cats in the world are descendants from a group of self-domesticated wildcats 10,000 years ago. In fact there’s still no conclusive evidence that domestic cats should be classified as a separate species.
Being a true carnivore a cat (domestic or wild) subsists on a diet consisting primarily of meat. In its natural state the cat will hunt and provide for itself at every opportunity. A wild cat eats all of its prey including hair, skin, flesh, bones and internal organs. Cats are very unlikely to give up meat voluntarily. If you intentionally feed cat vegetarian diet, it will look for meat somewhere else. Many cats will hunt and kill mice, rabbits and birds. Certainly they will consume other foods as well, especially of animal origin. However as these are not important in their diet, cats will eat them only in small quantities and not on a regular basis.
Cats lack the physiology to properly digest vegetation. It’s no coincidence that a cat eats grass to induce vomiting to get rid of the hair collected in its stomach. The cat’s digestive system cannot convert plant based nutrients in to the form that its body can utilize. That’s why cat are are called strict carnivores, as they need to take the active form of the nutrients from other animals, who do the conversion beforehand.
Here’s 7 most important nutrients that your cat is unable to get from a vegetarian diet:
- Taurine is an amino acid essential for cats as unlike other mammals, cats cannot synthesize it. In the absence of taurine, a cat’s retina slowly degenerates and the cat suffers eye problems and can become irreversibly blind. This condition is called central retinal degeneration (CRD). Cow’s milk is a poor source of taurine and there is none in plant foods. The only rich source is meat.
- Arachidonic acid is one of the essential fatty acids. Dogs and humans can convert linoleic acid found in vegetable fats into arachidonic acid. Cats are unable to do that, as their liver doesn’t contain delta-6-desaturase enzyme (no kidding!). Cats need arachidonic acid to be able to produce an inflammatory response so that the body can protect itself in case of disease. Arachidonic acid also helps control skin growth and is necessary for proper blood clotting, proper functioning of the reproductive and gastrointestinal systems. Animal fat is the only major source of arachidonic acid, very small amount can be found in eggs and milk. Arachidonic acid deficiency takes some time to develop but its effect on the cat is profound.
- Vitamin A found in vegetables (carotenoid) cannot be converted by cats in to the active form of vitamin A (retinol). As cats do not have the necessary enzyme to do the conversion they have to hunt other animals that have done it for them (mice, rabbits). There are sufficient quantities of retinol in meat and very small amounts in eggs and milk. Liver is the richest source of preformed Vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency in cats can cause night blindness, retarded growth, and poor-quality skin and fur.
- Vitamin B12 is another vitamin that cannot be synthesized by cats. Vitamin B12 is present only in animal products.
- Niacin can be synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan by many mammals but not cats. Meat is the best source of niacin. Insignificant amounts of niacin can be found in milk and eggs. Lack of niacin in cat’s diet can cause loss of appetite, loss of weight, inflamed gums, and hemorrhagic diarrhea.
- Thiamin (vitamin B1) has an important role in carbohydrate metabolism. Cats are very susceptible to deficiency of this vitamin. Thiamin is rapidly destroyed by heat, that’s why only raw meat is the only good source of this nutrient. Very small amount can be obtained from eggs and dairy. Thiamin deficiency in cats can lead to anorexia, ataxia, paralysis and finally permanent brain damage.
- Protein is required by cats in large amounts. Over 30% of a cat’s diet should consist of protein and this can be a problem on a vegetarian diet.
For all these reasons cats must not be fed vegetarian or vegan diet. Cats have very specific nutritional needs which you must meet if you want to keep them fit, healthy, and happy.
- Getting rid of food deserts and making veganism more affordable for poor people
- Advocating for better working conditions for migrant workers and making their fruits and vegetables “cruelty free”
- Protesting and reforming the meat industry to keep it from harming workers and being less dangerous for consumtion
- Making organic food more affordable
- Giving grants to start vegan restaurants, soup kitchens, etc.
- Educating people on the nutrition of plants so people understand how to go vegan with their individual nutritional needs
- Funding community gardens
- Funding no-kill shelters (in fact, PETA is against no-kill shelters)
Things PETA is doing:
- degrading women and people of color
- renaming fish “sea kittens”
- throwing a hissy fit over Pokemon
You just don’t understand why people hate on vegans so much.
Is it really a bad thing that we care about animals, humans, and the planet all at the same time?
I can think of several reasons why people hate vegans off the top of my head:
- Their ignorance of the fact that vegan food is picked by dirt-poor people in horrible working conditions - many of which are people of color and/or children - and thus is not cruelty-free at all. Way to care more about animals than people and nice implicit racism, there.
- Their ignorance of the fact that not everyone can afford vegan food because that shit is expensive - my mother makes and sends up Morningstar meat for me from Georgia, and she has to buy it in bulk weeks in advance when it’s on sale and freeze it because it’s too pricey normally. Food deserts exist. It’s a privilege to be able to afford these things. There’s several posts on this vegan blog about how hard vegan products are to find, ironically - but what poor person has the transportation to bypass multiple grocery stores in search of these things? Or who has the energy to after working all day at a minimum wage job to do more than boil a couple hodogs or buy some KFC and call it a damn day? Have some classism.
- Ignoring that some people simply cannot maintain a vegan diet for whatever health or dietary reasons. There are medical conditions that make being vegan highly difficult if not impossible depending on what the body needs. So we can tally up a serving of body-shaming, concern trolling, and ableism with your assumptions that you know better than people what their bodies need.
- The raging racism in constant comparisons of eating meat to either the Holocaust or slavery. I shouldn’t even need to explain why it’s dehumanizing to compare people to animals period let alone mass genocide and centuries of oppression, violence, murder, kidnapping, lynching, rape, and abuse - the repercussions of which we’re still dealing with today - to having a cheeseburger. Stop.
- Just plain not being able to shut the fuck up about it. We have sexism/racism/heterosexism/cissexism/ableism other shit to deal with - stuff that affects, you know, people - to give a shit about your damn diet. The sad thing is that you could actually be doing something useful with your food beliefs - like focusing your attention on the industries themselves that perpetuate animal cruelty or at the people who market their vegan food at such high and inaccessible prices.
Instead of combating either institutional issues with food production or changing the shitty ways you discuss/advocate for veganism, you act like you’re morally superior and judge the fuck out of people.
And that’s why everyone hates you.
is that there are countless immoral industries
- Precious metals
- Cheap labour making pretty much all goods
and yet they behave as though the only way to be moral is to remove all animal products from your diet. We do what we can where we can, by shopping responsibly, but it’s impossible to completely rid your life of products that did not cause someone or something harm somewhere down the line. The computers, gas, clothing you use and buy every day contribute to these inhumane and immoral industries and if you want to pretend that the animal industry is the only one that does any harm and therefore you are somehow morally superior then be my guest. Meanwhile the rest of us will look at humanity and society as a whole and try to fix the bigger picture. Not just our diets.
We’ve all heard them. And despite explaining why they are fallacious more times than I can count, they keep being used. Well, instead of explaining why yet again, let’s take a look at some of the implications behind some common “reasons” why someone cannot go vegan.
“I can’t afford to go vegan.”
- I can’t afford to stop taking food off a starving person’s plate
- I can’t afford to keep buying most of the same things I already buy like frozen veggies, pasta, beans, and tomato sauce
- I can’t afford to improve my health and take less medicine and make fewer doctor’s visits
“My health problems keep me from being vegan.”
- My health problems keep me from adopting the diet nature intended me to have
- My health problems keep me from cutting out something that is detrimental to my overall well-being.
- I’m too lazy to do some research into constructing a vegan diet that would cater to my health rather than harm it.
“Humans are natural omnivores.”
- The fact that we CAN do something, like eat meat, clearly means we should.
- I prefer to ignore years of scientific research, as well as obvious differences between humans and natural omnivores, so I can go on with my life blissfully living a lie.
“A vegan diet is a first-world privilege.”
- Cutting out something that requires more time, money, and effort to produce than basic plant food and also takes food away from other people is a first world privilege.
- Living off only what your body needs is a first world privilege.
- Doing what people in third world countries have been doing for years because they don’t have the money or means to eat animal products is a first world privilege.
“Every vegan I’ve ever met has been (unhealthy, sick, mean, militant, etc.).”
- All vegans are exactly alike.
- I’m ignoring the fact that I have control of my own health and the ability to be my own person so I won’t have to change what I’m used to doing.
“Meat/milk/eggs/etc. taste too good.”
- My taste buds take priority over someone else’s life.
why the hell would i hate someone for what they eat? you wanna be vegan? great! thats yr call!
just keep in mind, yr diet does not a perfect person make.
I love it so much.
aang was a vegetarian, but did u see him judging his friends on what they ate?? no
be more like the avatar
Feeding a cat a proper meat diet is animal cruelty to the animals that died to make that meat exist
but feeding a cat a vegan diet is also animal cruelty because cats are inherently carnivorous animals and cannot be healthy without meat
- having an eating disorder is a completely legitimate reason for not being vegetarian/vegan
- wanting to eat meat is a completely legitimate reason for not being vegetarian/vegan
- eating meat does not make you a bad person
- human ancestors evolved large brains by adding meat to their diets
- we humans today would not be nearly as intelligent had our ancestors suck with a plant-based diet
- if you’re trying to tell other people how to eat, or what they should or should not be eating:
I’m an organ donor. I also am somewhere in between vegan and vegetarian. I see a contradiction in this.
This means that if I die, any of my usable organs will be harvested and transplanted into another human being, if possible. However, the odds of any of the recipients being vegan or vegetarian is very small. Somewhere around 2% of the Western world’s population is vegan with up to a possible 10% being vegetarian.
Here comes my worry. Something in the region of 300 animals are killed over the life of a single meat-eater (according to this on American meat-eaters, but it may be much higher). So, almost all of my organs are going to extend the life of meat-eaters, which means that even if they live for one year, each of my organs is responsible for the death of multiple animals.
On that basis, both vegans and vegetarians should not be organ donors.
my mind literally exploded from stupid
What is wrong with the world
PETA launched a new campaign encouraging people to go Vegan by promoting violence against women. Violence in any form is never okay.
In its latest ploy to correlate being vegan with sex, PETA has over stepped every line in a campaign that would make anyone cringe. The campaign is called: BWVAKTBOOM: “Boyfriend Went Vegan and Knocked the Bottom out of Me.” Appropriately titled for a series of advertisements that not only display [without any trigger warnings], but highlight and romanticize sexual violence against women. In its latest ad, PETA portrays a disheveled and physically & sexually battered woman who is the “latest victim” of a boyfriend who went vegan and then “knocked the bottom out of her”. She is seen with bruises all over her body and even has to wear a neck-brace.
PETA further proves its ignorance around violence against women by boasting a new website for the BWVAKTBOOM campaign where videos can be readily viewed, and there is a [intended-to-be] humorous “call” to prevent BWVAKTBOOM-related injuries. Violent messages are sent, such as:
“For years, women have been open to the physical, emotional, and karmic benefits of veganism. But now, more and more men are discovering the perks of a plant-based diet. More specifically, a dramatic increase in their wang power and sexual stamina.
Unfortunately, the consequences of all this mind-blowing intercourse can often lead to sex injuries such as whiplash, pulled muscles, rug burn, and even a dislocated hip.”
PETA has clearly overlooked any regard for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in this new campaign, while making a mockery out of the seriousness of violence against women.
In taking a stand that there is NEVER an excuse to promote or diminish the real-life impact of violence, I demand the full termination of the BWVAKTBOOM campaign.