Target: Matthew Bershadker, CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Goal: Criminalize the feeding of a vegan diet to carnivorous pets.
Recent reports and personal accounts have shown a trend of people choosing to restrict their dogs, cats, and ferrets to vegan diets. This is incredibly dangerous, as these animals are carnivores and need meat to live. Vegan diets rob them of this precious nutrient, especially ferrets, which are already fragile in constitution due to their size and physiology.
People brag about vegan diets, singing their praises as if they were the best and most wholesome thing to happen to any living being. In truth, it can be the exact opposite when it comes to animals. Dogs, cats, and ferrets are not just carnivores, they are obligate carnivores. Not only must they eat meat to survive, they cannot properly digest plant-based food products, especially cats. No vitamin or protein supplement can substitute for the real meat products sorely needed by these animals. Some vets will even frown upon feeding animals a diet consisting solely of dry food, which is not technically dangerous or bad but does not have quite as much protein as canned food.
Several animals have been reported as becoming dangerously ill or even nearly dying due to people switching them to vegan diets. This is not only neglectful, but willfully abusive. It should not only be discouraged, but considered a punishable offense. Pet owners who push their vegan ideals onto their carnivorous pets are actively harming the animals they are responsible for, and should be made to either change their ways or have their pets taken from them. Sign this petition to push for the criminalization of forcing veganism on cats, dogs, and ferrets.
Dear Mr. Bershadker,
There is a trend of people putting their dogs, cats, and ferrets on vegan diets, which is extremely harmful to these animals. They need meat to survive, not just protein pills and vitamins alongside vegan food. This trend has led to poor health and even near-death experiences for these pets, due to their owners’ negligence.
While it seems some of these owners learned their lesson, there are still people who, even after hearing these stories, continue to push their vegan ideals onto their animals. This should be outlawed; it is not only negligent and ignorant, but abusive. All forms of animal abuse should be seen as equally criminal. Please start pushing for the implementation of laws against pet owners forcing vegan diets on their carnivorous pets.
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Photo Credit: Jennifer Barnard