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From: John T ( -
Subject: Re: Vegan Cats
Date: October 8, 2007 at 7:26 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Vegan Cats posted by Keith on August 17, 2007 at 8:22 am:

Keith, that's one of the best-worded arguements in favour of feeding a cat meat I have ever read, very well done. My personal view has always been that while humans are evolved to consume an omnivorous diet (albeit one heavily skewed in favour of plant foods with small and occasional amounts of meat) we are at a stage in our evolution where we are able to make a conscious decision to survive on a diet that doesn't contain any meat or animal products whatsoever, whereas cats are not and cannot. Our bodies suggest that, while we can still consume meat, we are gradually changing into an entirely herbivorous animal, as evidenced by our teeth that have more in common with a plant-eating animal than those of our ancestors such as Australopithecus (damn, had to google that spelling!) and also our long, plant-eater's digestive tracts. Anyone with even basic knowledge of biology can see that this is not the case with cats, a species who are pretty much the epitome of a hunting, carnivorous animal.
I have met some vegan dogs who were lucky enough to be cared for by a very intelligent animal rights activist who spent a great deal of time and effort finding a healthy meat-free diet for them, including his fourteen-year-old German Shepherd who has never shown any signs of suffering from the back and hip ailments her breed unfortunately do in later life - he believes this is due to the olive oil mixed with the food he feeds her. I have never seen a healthy vegan cat, and would have to consider inflicting such a diet upon one an act of cruelty.

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