Like most dogs, my cockapoo is made of sausages and occasionally a square of cheese, and at Christmas she pushed enthusiastically into a slice of plump roast turkey. But like me, honey is vegan and that has been the past six months. So those bangers will be made from vegetables and herbs, the Stilton from cashew nuts and no bird died for our Christmas party. Our version was what is known as a Tofurkey, made from tofu, or soybean curd. And before your & animal abuse & # 39; starts screaming, Honey energetically throws everything we give her and is healthy and happy, with a shiny coat, thin figure and bags of energy. I am not the only vegan who has decided to extend her lifestyle to how she feeds her pets. There are reportedly 3.5 million vegans in the UK and pet suppliers are on the trend, with one in six turning to vegan or vegetarian food.
Karoline Manns with her dog Burger. There are reportedly 3.5 million vegans in the UK and pet suppliers are taking the trend, with one in six turning to vegan or vegetarian food. Again, I know that there is no subject that is more inclined to extreme reactions, ranging from eye-rolling to provoking frenzy, from other pet owners. Dogs are predators and must have meat & # 39 ;, & # 39; To impose your beliefs on your dog is wrong & # 39; and & # 39; You are killing your dog & # 39; are just a few of the objections that I have voiced against me. Needless to say, I disagree wholeheartedly. I became a vegan myself because I love all animals. How could I feed a dead pig, chicken or cow with honey? Their life is just as important. Plus, as an animal lover, I would never risk the health of my beloved pet. So even though it goes against all received wisdom, is it finally time for the age-old assumption that the dog must have a bone? indeed, when I asked if I really endangered Honey, I got support from none other than the RSPCA, who told me: Dogs are omnivores and can eat a wide range of food types, so they can survive on a vegetarian diet as long as the diet is in balance. "However, cat owners should be more careful, cats are more natural carnivores and need the amino acid taurine, which is in meat, to survive.
Joanna Farr (photo), from Lincoln, took the Dexter greyhound nine years ago when he was three, after he broke his leg during a race. If an owner is considering switching his pet's diet to a vegetarian option, they should consult their veterinarian. make sure it will meet all their nutritional needs, which depend on many factors such as age, health and lifestyle, & # 39 ;, added the RSPCA. As everyone knows, not all pet owners are just as responsible as others. Big Chandler, an expert on animal nutrition, told a paper: "Feeding an inappropriate or incomplete diet is a welfare problem – no matter what diet it is." Until now, the British Veterinary Association is still not convinced that the vegan movement is a good thing for cats and dogs.
Dexter has eaten a diet without animal products – and on his 12th birthday in September he celebrated on Instagram with a vegan birthday cake decorated with vegetable dog biscuits. Vice President Daniella Dos Santos said: Het It is important to remember that meat contains essential vitamins and nutrients that your cat or dog needs. She added that more studies are needed to ensure that the nutrients in animal-free pet foods are safe and meet the nutritional needs of a pet. & # 39; Any change in a pet's diet must be carried out on the advice of a veterinarian with in-depth nutritional knowledge. "Another vegan who believes it's time to rethink what's best for our pets is Joanna Farr, 40, a local government official from Lincoln Joanna took the Dexter greyhound nine years ago when he was three, after being his leg broke in a race.
But controversial is that Joanna has gone a step further by also feeding her two cats, Magic and Jonke, vegetable diets. Since then he has eaten a diet without animal products – and on his 12th birthday in September he celebrated on Instagram with a vegan birthday cake decorated with plant-based dog biscuits. Other photo's show that he has bright eyes, a shiny coat and, unusually for a dog of his age, a complete range of teeth. But controversially, Joanna has gone a step further by also feeding her two cats, Magic and Jonke, vegetable diets. As the RSPCA indicated, there are felines & obligatory carnivores & # 39; who eat prey in the wild to obtain essential amino acids such as taurine to stay healthy. However, since most cats live on commercial cat food that has been heated to such high temperatures that the natural taurine is destroyed and has to be added again, Joanna does not worry too much.
Joanna with her cat. As the RSPCA pointed out, felines & obligatory carnivores & # 39; who eat prey in the wild to obtain essential amino acids such as taurine to stay healthy. Already with more than 6000 cat lovers on the group Vegan Cats Facebook she feeds cat food that is as high in protein as regular brands and has added taurine. Magic has been a vegan for seven years and Joanna says that he is living proof that cats can go on plants. When I took Magic for his annual MoT this year, the veterinarian thought he was much younger than he was, because of the condition he is in. I was asked what he ate, to which I answered dry cat food – which is the truth. Volledig Completely vegan cat food is specially formulated to ensure they have everything they need. "In fact, in an overview of studies on the health of vegetarian pets in the diary Animals, Andrew Knight, a veterinarian and Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics at the University of Winchester, discovered that both cats and dogs can thrive on vegetarian diets, as long as these nutritional values are complete and balanced in terms of nutritional value.
Bow, three, was adopted a year ago by yoga teacher Beth Crivelli (photo) and does not only worship the animal feed she makes. In addition, he points out that giving our pets vegetarian diets bypasses the need for them to be one of the most unpleasant waste products of the meat industry, such as skins, horns, feet, heads of poultry, day-old chicks, blood, placenta, feathers and hair. He adds: "I have found more than ten published studies that document the dangerous ingredients in commercial meat diets, or the adverse health effects in cats and dogs that are kept on them." Another pet who is happy with a plant-based diet reconciles Bow, a Romanian lifeboat, since then three years has been adopted by yoga teacher Beth Crivelli a year ago, and fond of not only the animal feed she makes – that's green because she adds supplements such as chlorella and spirulina, both forms of nutrient-dense algae – but pineapple, bananas and strawberries.Here two cats, Dobee and Bandha, are also making the transition.
Bow, a Romanian rescue bark, happily settles into a vegetable diet that is green because Beth adds supplements such as chlorella and spirulina, both forms of nutrient-dense algae Beth, 41, which lives in Canada Water, southeast London, and has been vegan since 2009. says: & # 39; In addition to commercial vegan dog and cat food, I also feed them a mix of rice, quinoa and lentils and food supplements for dogs and cats. They are healthier than me. & # 39; If I can find a way to keep my pets healthy and not kill other animals, then why not? & # 39; Beth accepts that cats have an instinct to hunt in the wild, she says her cats rarely do as they are so well fed and entertained. & # 39; Dobee once caught a mouse, I know it's instinct, but I just could not sit there, so I saved it. & # 39; Although it appears that research shows that a meat-free diet may be healthier for our pets, there are more findings that show that it could be even better for the planet.
Karolina Manns (photo), from Clapham, South London, is convinced that vegan animal feed is the healthiest choice for her dog, Burger
Karolina with Burger. According to the United Nations, meat is a major cause of climate change – and the pet food industry makes up a large part of it. According to the United Nations, meat is a major cause of climate change – and the animal feed industry is a large part of that. A 2017 study by researchers at the University of California has shown that feeding dog-based dog food for dogs and cats provides up to 64 million tons of carbon dioxide each year – about the same as 13.6 million cars. Damian Eadie is one of the founders of Benevo, the Hampshire-based vegan pet food, which was founded 13 years ago and recently received the Queen's Award for Enterprise for sale in more than 30 countries. Dianian points out that owners who feed their pets feed-free food are far from negligent or selfish & # 39 ;, are especially cautious. & # 39; When we design a pet food, we do not just make vegetables and we cross our fingers, "he says. We call on independent animal experts from experts who are not vegans and do not have an agenda or preference. "Karolina Manns, from Clapham, South London, is convinced that vegan animal feed is the healthiest choice for her dog, Burger.
The 40-year-old yoga teacher became a vegan three years ago and quickly switched the Jack Russell hybrid to vegan food. The 40-year-old yoga teacher became a vegan three years ago and quickly switched the Jack Russell hybrid to vegan food. : & # 39; I originally called him Burger because I wanted to give him a cute foodie name. But now he is definitely a beanburger! "Before I changed his diet, I read and researched extensively Dogs have been eating from our tables for tens of thousands of years, their digestion has changed and developed to eat the food we eat, with a few exceptions. of all the food, he is super energetic with a shiny coat and is running with my husband Phil, and Burger may not say that the food he eats is better for him and the planet – but I certainly can. ;