🌿Why my carnivorous pets won’t be fed a vegan diet🌿
For the last week or so I’ve been asked to address the Youtuber who is feeding her fennec fox a vegan diet. She has been messaged countless times by now as her story has become somewhat viral. So rather than lay words on deaf ears, this is why we don’t share the same opinion.
Foxes are carnivores by nature. They are not obligate carnivores meaning they will occasionally eat fruits and vegetables in the wild, but they cannot survive on this alone. Foxes need taurine and calcium to survive. This is found mainly in animal tissues and bones in their natural diet. Without this they can go blind, suffer from seizures, and ultimately die. While, yes, there are taurine and calcium supplements that are given in vegan diets these are often synthetic and difficult to digest.
Speaking of digestion, feeding heavy amounts of plant matter burdens the digestion system of carnivores. This is because unlike in true omnivores or herbivores their pancreas does not secrete the correct enzymes to utilize the nutrients in plant material. On top of that even with supplemented enzymes plant matter takes longer for carnivores to break down and digest which can cause it to become a breeding ground for bacteria in the small intestine.
Lack of natural proteins can cause multiple problems including: Weight loss, difficultly breathing, food allergies, congestive heart failure, and intestinal cancer.
While I realize there are incredible horrors in the meat industry and I understand not wanting to support that, there are other options. There are hunters who have meats from game animals who lived a completely natural life, local farmers who would be happy to show you how their animals are cared for, or even raising your own animals. I completely understand not wanting animals to suffer, or die, to feed another animal. However, I think it’s important to remember that the food chain was around long before our human morals and if feeding a species appropriate diet to an animal in your care is not doable, then opt for someone else to care for the animal.