My last try as well, as you do not want to change your post Rita:
Bella - once again I enter a plea to consider the helpless animals that must be slaughtered so we can have carnivorous companions.
We already have these companions and they have just as much the right to their basic needs as the preys they feed on, as is their nature.
There are well formulated vegan dog foods on the market which at least offer the possibility of offsetting our unfairness in this respect.
How about the unfairness to dogs and cats who get just as ill on vegan food as horses would get on being fed meat?
The idea that what dogs' near relatives have evolved to eat may give us a clue as to dogs' "natural" diet
Evolve? Evolution does not take place in decades, Rita. It takes place in millions of years. Dogs have only been eating grains and sorts since the 1960. Kibble was invented by large multinationals to get rid of excess used in shampoos etc. Since then cats and dogs have started suffering typical ilnesses and their general maximum age has come down with years!
but when we see that they can flourish and live long healthy lives* on a different rÃ©gime without compromising the lives of other animals, surely it's worthwhile balancing the scales of justice a bit?
Dogs and cats do not flourish on commercial (and vegan) food. 95% of dogs die prematurely of cancer, 98% of the cats die prematurely of kidney failure. We have simply grown accustomed to cats and dogs not reaching their full age anymore and having constantly the same health issues. Just as people find it normal that horses nearly never reach 30 and get lame with 12 years etc.
Itâ€™s an exception
if dogs and cats get old on anything other than meat, just like the oldest man in the world smoked all his life. Does that make smooking healthy?
Being "natural" isn't everything - humans have shifted the equilibrium of nature so far out of whack that we are now left with some very difficult ethical decisions to make, but they must be faced. It is not enough to try to idealise the lives of animals under our direct protection and ruthlessly exploit those we don't see.
I agree, but feeding carnivores what their bodies are made to function best on and keeps them from harm is not about being a purest natural. Itâ€™s is about what works best for them. The same with my choice for AND and bitless. Itâ€™s not about being against anything or being a purest. Itâ€™s about what works best for the horses.
Now in only the last 4 years I have seen over 50 cats and dogs in my practise, who were about to die and no vet could help, revived completely because of changing to a carnivore diet (my 4 cats included and I fed vegetarian biological against animal tested kibble!!). I am not just speaking out if thin air here, why would I, I am a vegetarian after all.
Now as people here are really concerned with the welfare of their animals I spread this information so more carnivores can benefit just as herbivores can benefit from the info here.
Again, Rita, if you want to start a subject with tips on how to improve the lifeâ€™s of the billions of bio-industry animals, please do so.
But in my opinion we should not deprive one animal of his basic needs in sake of the other. We should strive to increase all animals wellfare and make sure they receive what comes natural to them.
In Holland and Belgium, each year, billions of meat that could not be sold because it was not â€˜beautiful enoughâ€™ was burned! Now it is used to feet carnivores which get healthy, donâ€™t get animal tested food and chemical medicine anymore. Farmers nearby tell me they make a better living now and have to slaughter less animals!
What is even more is that many people who ride bitless and offer their horses a more natural lifestyle and voice, feed their carnivores the meat leftovers of society, stop using animal tested products and become vegetarians themselves!
For if one starts thinking about one thing, one starts thinking about the rest.
Now, everyone, if questions about the subject of carnivore diet, please ask, Ester and I will be happy to answer.