Anonymous asked: hi, i know this will seem a very dumb question, but of the few vegans I know you might be the person to less angry if it is! pets. Do vegans have pets? I mean dogs, they need to eat meat, but then you are supporting butchers? would you have an animal that needs a wide spectrum diet, mice, cats, there are so many. I don't think you would have birds ie in cages, not free...but unsure if you will never have other 'normal' kind of pets, or only ones like rabbits, goats, that are vegie eaters only!?
Most of the vegans I know have companion animals (“pet” implies ownership and since one cannot own a living being it is an inappropriate term to use). While some animal persons can thrive on a vegan diet, not all can. Therefore it is up to each individual vegan to decide whether they are comfortable supporting the industry to rescue a few persons.
There are a lot of animals who have been domesticated and require humans to care for them. Most vegans would see nothing wrong with adopting an animal (and many of us prefer the term “companion animal” to “pet”…my cats are really more like housemates…I just provide their food and brush them and give them attention and playtime) and any good vegan will do research about the animal’s needs. Many animals are obligate carnivores, such as ferrets and cats, and if someone truly cares about the animal’s wellbeing they will give it the diet it needs to be healthy, even if that means meat. It’s not the animal’s fault it’s domesticated and needs human care. Some vegans would be uncomfortable with having a carnivorous companion animal though, and that’s perfectly okay. It’s up to each person to make that decision. Also, I’ve heard from numerous sources that dogs can thrive on a vegan diet, actually.
As for birds, especially ones like parrots, they should be in the wild and I think most vegans would only take in a bird which had been injured and could not be rehabilitated enough to survive in the wild. Domesticated rabbits are completely different from wild rabbits and require human care…I don’t know how goats would do in the wild but as long as they are given a lot of room and a good diet it should be fine.
And this post calls for a reminder of Adopt, Don’t Shop! There are enough animals in shelters who need homes and if we are ever to break the cycle of breeding and buying, we have to quit buying animals. Additionally, never adopt an animal unless you are certain that you will be able to care for its needs! Animals are not toys, decorations, or accessories. They require a lot of care and maintenance. They’re just little furry people. Or feathered people or scaled people. Animals are just sweet people who want love and kindness.
I have a rescue Bunny and a rescue cat and next week will be looking for a dog :) Bunny eats bunny stuff.. fruit and veggie scraps, lots of grass and hay and some fatty seeds and pellets twice a week.
Kitten gets meat mixed with a porridge mixture.. rice, oats, coconut, herbs, dates, bran.. about 1/3 meat to 2/3 porridge.. The meat is sourced from feral animals.. so goat, camel and Brumbies which are damaging our Australian environment.. not farmed.
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I’m in love ♡
He did the dishes while I was on the shower and my dog loves him.
He drinks black tea like I do and gave me the greatest orgasm I’ve ever had.
He has blue eyes and ginger hair and perfect teeth and he smells like pine needles.
He laughs freely and has gorgeous manners.
I want to keep him. ♡