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Why do people make there pets vegan

heil-hydra:

be-their-sound:

southern-feminism:

Because they are trash cans.

Some dogs do well on a vegan diet actually - especially those who may have digestive or allergy related issues. This should never be attempted without consulting a vet (no diet change should be done without consulting a vet).

Cats of course should never be vegan, they are obligate carnivores.

If a vegan (who is uncomfortable buying meat products for their animals) is looking for an animal companion to adopt it is best that they welcome a non-meat eating friend into their family.

And if you are gonna make your animals diet vegan please do it from birth for the animals best interest.

…no? Baby mammals need milk to survive. Babies of any mammal species cannot be vegan.

And instances where people feed their dogs a vegan diet for health reasons it may not start “from birth” or a young age because these health issues pop up over time.

griseus:

3 REASON NOT TO KEEP DOLPHINS IN A TANK

Picture and text by Maddalena Bearzi

1. Dolphins are large-brained, cognitive animals

If we consider ourselves as being at the pinnacle of intelligence, dolphins would come just after us, scoring even better than their great ape cousins. Looking at the Encephalization Quotient, which represents a measure of relative brain size and a rough estimate of the intelligence of an animal, dolphins possess a high EQ due to their unusually large brain-to-body- size ratios.

The last two decades have seen the proliferation of anatomical and morphological investigations on cetaceans. Neuroanatomical studies of their brains have shown that dolphins possess an intricate and developed neocortex as compared to other species, including humans, and a distinctive folding of the cerebral cortex, which in cetaceans is even more prominent than in primates.

Why is this important? Because, simply stated, these structures are both associated with complex information processing.  Dolphins also have spindle-shaped neurons, or von Economoneurons, which are key for social cognition and have been linked in humans to an ability to “sense” what others are thinking.

There is no doubt that intelligence is difficult to define and when we look into the animal world, almost any animal may be considered “smart” depending on what definition of intelligence we decide to apply. I can make a great case for any of my dogs… But only in a few species like dolphins, great apes, and humans, do we find brain complexity, social complexity, and ecological complexity closely linked, at least for now… (See: “Schoolchildren and Musicians Boycott SeaWorld in ‘Blackfish’ Flap.”)

2. Dolphins live in complex societies in the open ocean

We have established that dolphins have large and complex brains, but what is all this brain capacity good for? This brain has allowed dolphins to develop complex and fluid societies in which they can flourish against the backdrop of a challenging, three-dimensional liquid environment.

Cetaceans such as the bottlenose dolphin (the most common species found in aquaria and marine parks today) have flexible and remarkable social and communication skills. They live in social networks characterized by highly differentiated relationships that often rely on precise memory of who owes whom a favor and who is a true friend. They engage in cooperative hunting and they partition resources such that prey is shared throughout the social group.

In some dolphin populations, males form coalitions in order to sexually coerce females or defeat other male coalitions.  They care for each other; mothers and calves have long-term strong social bonds and a calf can spend up to two years next to its mother learning its place in the ocean. Dolphins play, bond, imitate, learn from each other and transfer information from generation to generation.

This ability to transfer learned behaviors to their progeny makes them cultural animals like us. And like us, they can recognize themselves as individuals and are self-aware, even if the extent of dolphin self-awareness still remains to be explored.

At sea, dolphins are always on the move, often traveling hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles. Their large brains likely help them to succeed in foraging on widely scattered and temporarily available resources. Dolphins, like some other animals, are essentially complex social mammals that need expansive space to live in. A tank can’t even begin to address these needs…

3. Dolphins have emotions (and personalities)

We like to think of dolphins as happy animals with an omnipresent smile frolicking in the sea. We tend to anthropomorphize them, projecting our own attributes on them. But what we think is the blissful face of a dolphin can obscure the animal’s true feeling, especially when we keep them confined. Let’s not forget that dolphins also die smiling!

Dolphins, like us, have a limbic system and are able to experience a broad spectrum of emotions including joy, grief, frustration, anger, and love. Put a dolphin in an MRI scanner and you will see a large brain structure that allows for complex emotions. Looking closer at a dolphin’s brain, once again, you will find those specializedvon Economoneurons that in humans are linked to intuition and empathy.

But brains and neurons aside, it’s spending time in company of these animals in the wild that will really make a case for them as emotional beings with diverse personalities. Anyone who has witnessed the compassion of a dolphin mother in taking care of her calf, an individual helping a companion in distress, or a dolphin grieving for hours, even days for the death of a next of kin, can’t deny these animals have emotions.

Like intelligence, conscious emotion in these ocean-dwellers is difficult to understand, define, and measure. For comparison, just reflect upon how difficult it is to know what we ourselves are thinking or feeling at any given moment…

Now, let’s try something different. Let’s ignore all the scientific studies orwhat we currently know about dolphins. Let’s also disregard the three above-mentioned assertions why keeping these animals in captivity is fundamentally wrong, and let’s instead concentrate on debunking the favorite pro-captivity arguments: research, education, and conservation.

(via empoweringanimals)

I follow you because I think you're pretty fucking awesome and I wish you didn't live so far away so we could hang out and do vegan friend things all the time with your partner!

Asked by Anonymous

By vegan friend things do you mean stuff our faces with vegan food, and go to animal sanctuaries and cry every time we see a cute animal? Cause I’m in! As long as we make time for “shoving our beliefs down people’s throats” too. Because that’s oh so important LOL. 

“ Whenever I hear the "Women are paid $.78 for the man’s $1" I flip it around.

Men make $1.22 for every woman’s $1.

It interests me that even the most common simple measure of gender inequality is firmly based on male-as-normative … ”

—    

bisexual activist and queer theory blogger Patrick RichardsFink 

this is an interesting point, although mathematically inaccurate: assuming the women:men, 0.78:1 ratio is correct, men make $1.28 for every woman’s $1

A white man makes $1.34 for every dollar that a black man makes

A white man makes $1.52 for every dollar that a latino man makes

A white man makes $1.24 for every dollar that a white woman makes

A white man makes $1.44 for every dollar that a black woman makes

A white man makes $1.67 for every dollar that a latina woman makes

That’s some bullshit right there.

Let’s take it a step further. For every hour a white man works, a black woman has to work 86 minutes to earn as much money. 57.6 hours a week compared to the white man’s 40.

Take it another step further. Assuming a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job, from Thursday 12:45pm through Friday end of business, a white man gets paid for his work, a black woman is, by comparison, working for free.

(via quentintortellini)

THE LAST LINE

(via covenesque)

This. I am tired of seing this numbers without thinking about woc. (via arobynsong)

and now, imagine the number for a Black Latina. i struggle w/even attempting to make that math work out b/c i think i’m trying to protect myself from what kind of harm that may bring to me at this moment, as an unemployed LatiNegra in the US.

(via latinosexuality)

(Source: fliponymous, via vegan-head)

I follow you because we share the same philosophy about veganism. And I secretly think we could be friends.

Asked by Anonymous

Oh my god we should be friends. Why aren’t we friends? FRIEND ME. 

For real though, I’ve decided that we are friends. Even if you are anon :P

Hey, I'm just curious on how you feel about feeding reptiles? I own snakes and I breed my own mice/rats to feed. But, I raise and care for the feeder critters as if they were my pets and I humanely euthanize them before feeding/storage. I've gotten quite a bit of hostility from Vegans/vegetarians from it before. So I'm just curious on what your view on it is. I love your blog and you really seem to have great opinions and facts. (I'm trying to go Vegetarian myself, your blog is so helpful!)

Asked by creamwolf

This is a very interesting question, thank you!

So heres the thing: I really don’t think reptiles should be kept as companions. Nor birds. And yes, I have birds! What I am saying is that while I don’t agree with it, I readily admit that these animals are in captivity now, it wont go away, and we must do our best to care for them. I advocate for adoption of exotics (provided they are going into an appropriate home) and I am 100% against breeding. 

Snakes need to eat. It’s true, and I would never want anyone to deny them of food. I am VERY uncomfortable with the idea of feeding mice or rats…I have two companion rats. I totally appreciate that you keep your feeder animals healthy and safe, and that you do not feed live animals. May I ask how you euthanize them?

Basically, I am not really ok with it. But they need to eat. I just don’t want to see it, or hear about it. I love my ratties, and the thought of them being fed to snakes is terrible (thats why I have them, they were feeders). I only ask that your mice and rats have proper nutrition, housing and enrichment while they are in your care. Rodents, rats especially, are very intelligent and emotional creatures. Much more so than what we give them credit for. And please consider adoption for your next reptile if you haven’t already. :)