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From: Veggiecrusader ( -
Subject: Re: I don't have the courage to use vegan dog food
Date: November 27, 2010 at 4:10 am PST

In Reply to: Re: I don't have the courage to use vegan dog food posted by Keith on November 26, 2010 at 8:40 am:

The dog has been abused and abandoned and will be put to death unless someone adopted him. Ok.

Well, the way I see it, there is no difference between animals, whether a sheep, pig, cat, cow or dog etc, they are all equal in my eyes.

People however place the value of one animal over another. In this case, placing the dogs life higher than those of other animals like cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits etc.

The real compassionate solution unfortunately is one that is hard to swallow. It is to do nothing.

By taking the dog and saving its life, you are directly making a choice to kill many more simply so that the dog can eat.

You say he principle is compassion for suffering creatures. Well, how compassionate is it really to rescue that dog if it means that during the course of its lifetime (the remainder of its life since rescued), it will consume X amount of pigs, cows, chickens in the form of dog food, animals that have suffered and died simply so that this dog can live?

Is that still compassionate? Or would the compassionate thing have been to leave the dog and thereby save many animals from a needless horrible death?

The decision bears similarity to military situations where a commander must make a decision to sacrifice a certain number of men in order to save many more.

In the USA alone, there are an estimated 61,080,000 dogs (World Top Ten Countries With Most Pet Dog Population, 2009). Think about how many animals need to be slaughtered to feed this massive population and then think whether its still compassionate to have a dog as a pet.

World Top Ten Countries With Most Pet Dog. (2009). Retrieved from

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