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Vegan fanatic parents starve baby

May 21st, 2007 . by Matt

There is no such thing as a vegan baby (well, vegan babies that are alive, that is).

WHEN Crown Shakur died of starvation, he was 6 weeks old and weighed 3.5 pounds. His vegan parents, who fed him mainly soy milk and apple juice, were convicted in Atlanta recently of murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty.

This particular calamity — at least the third such conviction of vegan parents in four years — may be largely due to ignorance. But it should prompt frank discussion about nutrition.

I was once a vegan. But well before I became pregnant, I concluded that a vegan pregnancy was irresponsible. You cannot create and nourish a robust baby merely on foods from plants.

What is also terrible is that vegans and vegetarians are forcing their eating habits on pets that cannot remain alive on that kind of diet, literally starving their pets to death.

A great many mainstream “animal people” are enthusiastic pet owners who believe in bonding with and loving animals. Unfortunately, a lot of them don’t believe in eating animals, or even allowing their animals to eat animals – even though it’s exactly what their cats and dogs need to be healthy. A lot of them are vegetarians, and by default, their pets are, too. But not all of them are. Plenty of dog and cat owners are meat-eaters, but they still want to buy what’s best for their pets.

So they buy their pet-food on the advice of the “experts” at the local Petco or PetSmart, despite the fact that these stores are largely staffed by young, idealistic folks – many of whom buy into the vegetarian dogma hook, line and sinker. The whole thing combines to become a snowball effect.

Pet owners and buyers of all types get care and feeding advice from misguided people who are convinced that eating meat is cruelty to animals. This creates more demand for meatless pet-food – which spurs pet-food makers to buy ever-larger quantities of the cheapest vegetable ingredients that are still high in protein (even if they’ve been spiked with poisonous additives and it is the wrong type of protein for cats and dogs in the first place). Naturally, the cheapest of these are outside the U.S. And as such, they’re low-quality, un-regulated, and more likely to be hazardous.

Bottom line: If vegetarian dogma did not exist, pet owners, pet-store staffers, and veterinarians would wake up and take notice of what most animals eat naturally – each other. They’d also start allowing this knowledge to guide their dietary advice to pet owners, instead of allowing their own ignorance and prejudices to spur the death and sickening of countless numbers of the very pets they purport to be advocates of.

Of course, anyone that knows vegans or vegetarians is aware that they have a moralistic streak (“meat is murder”), and consider eating meat to be immoral. The fact is that human beings and pets that are omnivorous or carnivorous are naturally eaters of meat, and as natural eaters of meat, it is perfectly moral and natural to eat meat.

2 Responses to “Vegan fanatic parents starve baby”

  1. comment number 1 by: Brian

    I don’t like self-righteous vegans especially when they take things too far. I also don’t people who tell others not to eat certain animals when they are meat-eaters themselves. So what if certian groups of people eat dogs or whales. I don’t see any difference between that and eating cows and pigs.

  2. comment number 2 by: T_K

    If you’re a vegan, don’t keep a cat. How anyone can think that the animal can survive on plants is beyond me. The only vegetable my cat wanted to eat was cucumber peel (for its digestion? I don’t know).

    I remember a story in Scientific American about vat-grown meat. You basically use bovine stem cells to grow a huge culture of muscle tissue around a frame, then harvest it. All my human friends were disgusted by the idea, but I’m sure dogs and cats wouldn’t mind eating it. Perhaps this technology would ease the consciences of vegans with cats.