|Barked: Fri Dec 16, '11 12:17am PST |
|Many vegetarians HATE HATE HATE the thought of their money supporting the cruel meat industry. Even if they're not eating it themselves, just by buying it for their pets is an ethical problem. Their dollars go toward more animals living in horrible conditions and polluting the environment with their wastes. (Trust me, factory farms are one of the biggest sources of water pollution in the world from all the poop runoff.)
My sister is vegan and has a cat- she doesn't like where her cat's food comes from, but knows that cats can't be (healthy) vegetarians so that's that. She feeds it whatever is on sale (canned food only) and rationalizes that most of the meat in pet food is not human-grade anyway so it would go to waste if it didn't end up in animal feed. (Definitely true for cheap brands.) She says if she could feed her cat on roadkill meat that would be acceptable to her (since it goes to waste anyway), but that's not very available in New York City.
The fishing industry isn't without blemish, by the way... Pollution, seafloor destruction from trawlers, overfishing of rare species, "by-catch" of unsaleable species that goes to waste, dolphins and turtles drowning in nets, etc. It's pretty horrific.
I recommend reading Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat by Hal Herzog if you want to contemplate the ethical backflips most humans do to justify their feelings toward animals. (Hint: logic is rarely a deciding factor!)
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