Here’s my latest theory: California progressives have decided that they can adopt any left-sounding idea, no matter how crazy, and get away with it, so sometimes they propose these things just to see if there’s nothing Californians won’t accept if it has the right progressive label. That’s the only explanation I can come up with for this story.
A proposal pending before the Los Angeles City Board of Animal Services Commissioners would make the city’s animal shelters the first vegan system in the nation. That’s right: the dogs in the city’s care would be placed on a strict vegan diet. Maybe the idea is to have the dogs beg to be euthanized.
Supporters include musician and animal rights activist Moby and the most unethical feminist lawyer in captivity, Lisa Bloom, who want to make L.A. shelter dogs “the vanguard of a meat-free movement.” Commissioner Roger Wolfson, a Hollywood screenwriter, was the genius behind the proposal, which he justifies by his desire to bring down the meat industry and his belief the “feeding animals to animals” is unethical.
Yes, he’s an idiot.
“We have to embrace the fact that the raising and killing of animals for food purposes must only be done if we have absolutely no other choice,” Wolfson said at the council meeting debating the issue. meeting. “This is about the long-term survival of every man, woman and child in this room, and all of the people in our lives.”
In other words, screw the dogs, this is about politics and exploiting animals for a progressive human agenda. Got it.
Is it too late for me to propose feeding the dogs illegal immigrants? KIDDING! Jeez, nobody has a sense of humor about anything these days….
The consensus among experts seems to be that dogs, which are omnivores as opposed to wolves and cats, which only eat meat, can be healthy on a vegan diet, but that except in the case of food allergies, it’s probably not the best or safest way to treat them. When CNN examined the issue six years ago, it wasn’t bowled over by enthusiasm from the experts they queried.
“If you go to India you can see dogs living on the scraps. They can survive on almost nothing once they’ve evolved to living on the streets, but is that what’s best?” pet expert and author Tracie Hotchner, host of the radio show “Dog Talk,“explained. “If a dog has a choice he’s not picking a pile of beans over chicken or meat, and he’s not going to be lapping up soy. If you’re going to be harmonious in your choices, be harmonious. I say respect each species for what it was meant to be, and if you feel that strongly about being vegan, get a vegetarian animal. Bunnies make wonderful pets.”
Donna Spector, a veterinary internal medicine specialist who runs SpectorDVM, an animal nutrition consultancy, emphasized that dogs have a significantly higher daily protein requirement than humans. Finding protein sources that provide adequate amounts of nutrients such as amino acids in the sufficient ratio can be difficult under the vegan approach, which relies on plant protein sources that have less biologic value than meat protein. “Vegetarian pet foods require the addition of synthetic amino acids to fill nutritional gaps or a much higher overall protein level to supply all of the essential amino acids,” she said. “Overall, it is much easier and more reliable to supply a dog’s essential nutrients in a food containing both plants and meat.”
The vegan diet also lacks some essential fatty acids that are only available in animal products like butter and fish oils, noted veterinarian Michael Fox, former president of the U.S. Humane Society and author of “Dog Mind, Dog Body.” “We don’t have the real science to back up whether [a vegan diet] is safe enough, so, for dogs’ sake, we need to adopt the cautionary principle.”
LA’s chief veterinarian, Jeremy Prupas, agrees. In a report to the commission, he recommended rejecting the proposal, saying that it could deprive dogs of sufficient protein, calcium and phosphorus and that it could be inadequate for injured, pregnant or lactating pups. Prupas said he’d consulted three clinical nutritionists at veterinary medical schools, one shelter medicine specialist and a veterinary toxicologist who works with a pet food company. None endorsed vegan dog diets, he testified.
But the scheme really isn’t about the dogs’ best interests, is it?