1. if it was given with the human’s consent, then sure, knock yourself out
2. this question always confuses me, actually. i don’t see where the confusion on your end is coming from… do i like the taste of meat/dairy/egg-based products? of course, but i am ethically opposed to them. so why is it confusing that i want to eat similarly-flavored products that were made without exploiting animals?
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1. sure. and by domesticating animals, we are taking away their right to live naturally in the wild, but you have to take into consideration that domestication was a human invention, so we have a responsibility to fix it. every day, millions of domestic dogs and cats are killed by overcrowded shelters or die starving in the streets because humans have taken over their resources. so ideally, we wouldn’t need to get animals fixed because ideally we wouldn’t imprison them in our homes, but given the two options, i think the only responsible thing to do is to prevent further reproduction of these domesticated breeds
2. thank you! i really appreciate the support. that was definitely my most controversial post so far, it seems. but yeah, i think it all comes down to this idea that humans have the right to other animal’s bodies and nobody can tell them otherwise. they come up with so many excuses about how nice they are and how their horses actually enjoy being ridden, but in reality a horse can never choose to be ridden; humans force it upon them. when horses outwardly show they don’t want to be ridden, humans coerce or discipline them to change their minds. it’s all about submitting the horse to your own will, and it seems a lot of people just don’t want to admit that. i have no problem with people adopting horses for companionship, but i don’t see any reason they need to make their horse carry them other than “because i want to”
3. well, you definitely shouldn’t buy a snake and contribute to the unnatural breeding and commodification of snakes and in turn, create more demand for the breeding and killing of “feed” animals.
assuming you would adopt, i’m not sure how i feel about it. on one hand, it would be good to rescue a snake from a shelter or home that couldn’t keep them, but on the other hand, i don’t think i could feed a bunch of mice to a snake, knowing the mice were killed just to feed this snake. while, snakes would eat the mice in the wild, in this case, they are not in the wild and it would be you controlling who lives and who dies (the one snake or all the mice). when i was feeding my cats meat, at least i took comfort in knowing that they were just eating all the byproducts that aren’t deemed suitable for humans, so i wasn’t actually killing any animals by buying it.
so i’m sorry, i’m not sure i can really answer your question. i think it’s cruel to keep snakes locked up in tiny cages, adopted or not. maybe someone knows of some better alternative for abandoned snakes that need homes?
i assume you’re referring to my horse post, since it got a few more notes recently. so to start, wanting to ride around on a horse for pleasure/sport isn’t comparable to needing a dog for transportation or finding people after earthquakes, but to answer your questions yes, they are all exploitation either way.
drug sniffing dogs are wrong four out of five times. they are not even useful, yet they are still trained and used.
dogs aren’t needed for searching for people, they may be able to aid in a search, but so are modern day technologies like co2 sensors, thermal imaging, and listening devices. some examples here.
herding dogs have been specifically bred by humans to want to herd. it is not about “allowing them”, it is all about humans wanting these dogs for a purpose and training and breeding them to do it.
i’m definitely against police dogs. many are put in dangerous situations where they are killed for something that had no concept of.
therapy dogs are an exception, as they use any dogs, not just ones they’ve bred and they’re not really trained to do a job. they just have to be good around strangers and other dogs and let people pet them. they’re just there because dogs and cats are comforting to people. it’s my understanding, they don’t actually have to perform any tasks
service animals i was on the fence on, but i’m inclined to say no to, as well. while i know service animals are pampered much more than normal companion animals and that when they are not in a harness, they are usually allowed to act as any other dog, they’re still being bred and trained to be used by humans. a dog or monkey may be a lot of help to a disabled person, but does that mean we, as humans, have the right to make them help? there are alternatives for people living with disabilities, such as living nurses, electronic devices, walking sticks, etc, so using animals in not necessarily essential. though, i’ve only just read briefly on the subject, so if any vegans would like to provide more info, i’d be happy to receive it.
basically, i think it’s always wrong to make animals work for us or give them jobs. it’s bad enough humans are forced to perform mind-numbing tasks, toiling away day after day, just to be able to survive in our ultimately meaningless existence. why should be take the freedom to not work and to just exist away from other species as well? i mean, it just seems inherently cruel. we should strive to coexist, and not exploit
Oh vegansidekick…you get it right every time.
It’s not quite summer without a pair (or several) of bright, of-the-moment shoes. Whether you favor sporty sneakers, ladylike flats, or bold pumps, there are vegan options out there that are sure to wow any crowd. No furry friends were harmed in the making of these 14 picks, so kick up your heels and take the season by storm.
1. Kitty white vegan flat shoes ($38, alternativeoutfitters.com).
These classy black and white flats are the cat’s meow! Pair them with a little black dress and watch the club purr.
2. Chuck Taylor floral ($55, converse.com).
Sporty canvas flirts with feminine florals for a pair of kicks that’s fit for any summer road trip.
3. Summer Camp Lanyard sandal ($72.99, modcloth.com).
Last season’s Easter basket’s got nothing on these colorfully woven wonders! Crafted from vegan faux leather, they’re a comfy –and bright—alternative to heels.
4. Brown retro bunny oxfords from LeBunny Bleu ($59.99, mooshoes.com).
Borrowed from the boys, these bold cap-toe oxfords were just made to complement skinny jeans, crisp button downs, and trendy satchel bags.
5. Oahu women’s vegan classics ($54, toms.com).
These sustainable vegan kicks take flower power to the next level –and that’s A-ok with us!
6. Savor Today sandal in Stripes ($49.99, modcloth.com).
Color your world with rainbow-hued vegan faux leather sandals. Can you say boardwalk chic?
7. Rookie gingham laceless ($50, keds.com).
Gingham style! Throw on a flouncy white frock and slip into these laceless sneakers for an afternoon picnic with your guy.
8. Sueded color block T-strap pump ($17.49, charlotterusse.com).
Little black dress, meet trendy color block peep toes. If the summery shades and wallet-friendly price don’t convince you, the vegan suede will. Who else is feeling haute, haute, haute?
9. Mavis 03 blush D’Orsay pointed heels ($26, lulus.com).
No girly girl should be caught without a sleek pair of blush pumps in her shoe closet. This vegan suede pair will go with everything from your curve-hugging pencil skirts to leg-baring minis.
10. Woven tribal T-strap wedge sandal ($35.50, charlotterusse.com).
Step out in style this season with an on-trend pair of tribal print peep toes. Wear them with dress shorts and a flowing top for a night out or with a swingy frock for a day at the office.
11. Florence-black/tan ($185, olsenhaus.com).
These stunning, ethically-crafted wedges will spare the furry friends –and you a major guilt trip. Strut on!
12. Studded ankle boot – bone ($78, nastygal.com).
Give your denim cutoffs a dose of daring with studded ankle booties.
13. Cri de Coeur Dove vegan heels in snake/jade ($165, compassioncoutureshop.com).
Your summer soirée ensemble won’t be complete without these three-toned vegan platform sandals.
14. Georgie in red faux suede ($152.10, beyondskin.co.uk).
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2. this one doesn’t really make any sense. i doubt you really know the reason dogs are omnivores. the fact is that they are omnivores and they can thrive on a vegan diet. what they might do in the wild, if hungry and given the chance seems entirely irrelevant
4. dogs are natural omnivores and can thrive on a vegan diet. in fact, the longest living dog followed a vegan diet. you can buy any commercial vegan dog food and feed it to your dog with no problems. or you can make the food yourself using specially formulated supplements.
cats are a bit trickier. it’s my impression that it can be done and cats can thrive on it as well, but since they are naturally carnivores, it requires much more. i’ve just recently transitioned my cats to a vegan diet, so i’m still monitoring their health. i use vegecat phi and vegeyeast as supplements and make the food myself. i also add prozyme plus to the food, so that my cats can digest complex carbs (something they cannot naturally do, due to their short intestines and lack of digestive enzymes). you also have to buy a ph testing kit for their urine, or take them to the vet frequently, to make sure they don’t develop utis. i use cranimals. to be honest, it is very time-consuming and costly. i’m not sure if i’ll be able to continue doing it forever, since i have three cats and initially my boyfriend was supposed to be able to do most of the work, since he works from home, but recently he’s been very busy and i’ve ended up having to do most of it and it is very difficult to keep up with between working overtime and going to school.
if you can afford to buy ami cat food then it’s a thousand times easier because i haven’t read of cats getting utis on ami’s (like i have with evolution) and my cats love the stuff. i bought a small bag to mix with the homemade kibble and it worked wonders. here are some resources for anyone looking to collect info on it: x and x. before anyone yells at me that i’m killing my cats, here’s an article from scientific american, saying it’s ok to try your cats out on it and see how they do
5. i do post some things about health, but to be honest, i purposefully avoid posting too much. mostly because i think if people think of veganism only in health terms, one, they won’t be as committed to it (idk about you, but i really just don’t care that much about my health) and two, they will think of it only as a diet, and not consider the other aspects like leather, wool, animal shows, etc. plus, i think it’s just rather self-centered. i mean, if you have to hear about how it benefits you, before you stop torturing animals, then your priorities are a bit skewed in my opinion.
that’s not to say that people who initially went vegan for health reasons, aren’t ethical vegans now. just that if that’s your main motivator, i’m really not here for that. i do talk about health concerns to people when trying to interest them in veganism because it’s pretty non-confrontational and i also think that if you can shatter these preconceived notions that animal products are necessary or beneficial in someway, then people will start to ask themselves “well, why do i eat it?" but yeah, idk, personally, it just doesn’t seem like people who are vegan only for health reasons could really stick to it, without cheating, like people do on any health kick
6. i don’t know anything about this. sounds pretty terrible though. i’m sure there are plenty of other, more successful cancer research that doesn’t involve snakes
7. cats aren’t going to understand any sort of ethical stance you present to them. she probably catches them more for fun than sustenance. letting your cats outside unsupervised is damaging to local bird and rodent ecoystems. since you’ve already been letting her outside, it’s probably going to be too difficult to keep her in, but in the future, if you take care of another cat, i would recommend it.
one of my cats (bumper) has heart worms, so my vet said i can’t let him outside alone because if he’s exposed again, it could kill him, so i just keep all my cats inside. bumper was a stray who was starving to death that my sister picked up, but even he never tries to run outside or escape. one time he did get outside without us noticing, but ten minutes later he was at the door crying to get back in, so i don’t think they’re really suffering from being kept inside. as long as you play with them frequently, so they get plenty of exercise, they should be ok. it also helps to have at least two cats, so that even when you can’t play, they can play together
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