|Barked: Thu Sep 18, '08 8:17am PST |
|Its really not that bad. I was vegan for 6 years and recently started to eat some fish, so I guess I'm a 'pescetarian' now!
Its more a moral issue for me than a dietary one. I would feel that feeding most commercial kibbles to be against my philosophies for food production and utilization than I do obtaining whole meats for the dogs. I try to order cage free, grass fed meats from suppliers whose philosophies I can stand behind. You might pay a bit more, you might not, but its worth the extra effort for me.
Also, its great to think about what your dog is eating in context. When people order a burger or steak or something, they are getting one part of that animal - but where are all the other parts? Wasted? I sure hope not. By purchasing organs and parts most people (non veg) don't normally consume (like kidney, heart, brain, tongue, stomach, etc.) I feel as though that animal did not die in vain and nothing is really wasted, I am using the animal's meat as best I can in my dog's meals. They even get ears and feet.
And I really enjoy learning about the anatomy and usage. Its not gross to me, its fairly educational.
Now the consumption and preparation part - that takes some getting used to, but as I chose to share my home with three dogs who were created to eat and benefit from a meat based diet, I have to do what is best by them. If I couldn't handle it, I wouldn't have dogs!