Are Los Angeles Shelter Dogs Going Vegan?
Are Los Angeles shelter dogs leading the way in veganism?
Los Angeles might soon become home to more than 33,000 vegan dogs. The pooches in question are the dogs that end up in the city’s six shelters every year, who are usually fed the traditional kibble made of mostly turkey chicken and lamb byproducts that are deemed not fit for human consumption.
The Los Angeles City Board of Animal Services Commissioners has proposed that the Los Angeles shelter dog’s dinners be swapped out for a plant-based meal. If the motion passes it means the city’s shelter system would be the first one in the nation to feed it’s residents a vegan diet, according to the shelter’s veterinarian. Commissioner Roger Wolfson, a Hollywood screenwriter, cited research which he believes shows vegan diets can eliminate many health problems in dogs, which are omnivores.
Wolfson said rethinking the dogs’ meals is about far bigger matters than people think of at first. There is the negative environmental impact the meat industry creates while producing the main ingredients in most dog foods, and also the ethics of feeding animals to animals. “We have to face the fact that the raising and killing of animals for food purposes must only be done if we have absolutely no other choice,” Wolfson said at a board meeting last month, according to minutes from the meeting published on a county website. “This is about the long-term survival of every man, woman, and child.”
Supporters of the movement include musician and animal activist Moby and feminist lawyer Lisa Bloom. They say making the Los Angeles shelter dogs the face of the movement is one of the biggest selling points. At the board meeting last month Moby stated: “If we adopt this, it’s one more thing that proves to the world that Los Angeles really is the progressive capital”.
More and more companies nowadays are pushing “all meat” or grain free foods for dogs, with some suggesting that they are more suited for their diets since they are descended from wolves. However, many veterinarians dismiss this statement as a ‘marketing ploy’ that is not supported by science. They note that dogs stomachs have evolved to digest starch better than their wild descendants. Many veterinary nutritionists also say that while dogs can do well on a vegetarian or vegan diet, the commercial products haven’t been widely tested as of yet.
Will we be seeing an increase of vegan diets in shelter dogs in the future? If the support keeps growing we might see it sooner than you think.
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