Arte explores the boundary between animal cruelty and environmental behavior

With My dog ​​is vegan, ARTE’s “Regards” program gives an anthill kick by tackling an inevitably controversial topic: vegan food for dogs. Animal cruelty or the ethical commitment for the planet? The show asked the question without giving a definite answer. Because despite advancing initiatives, scientific studies have not proven that a 100% vegan diet is beneficial for dogs ’health. However, some people do not wait for this evidence to disappear. Avant-garde or enlightened? The debate has already begun.

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Like Yvonne, owner of Sky. Vegetarian for over a decade, this German vegan for a few months. He wanted to remove the meat from his dog’s diet. For this, this mother of a family called a veterinarian who advised her on a six -week program: mix her dog’s meat croquettes with vegetable croquettes and gradually reduce the dose of meat, until it is completely gone. All this while carefully monitoring Sky’s health, dirt and mood.

“I don’t understand people who say they love animals, who harm their dog (…) and who buy him the cheapest meat. Except that he comes from another animal that is just as intelligent, sociable and loving as their dog ”justifies Yvonne in front of ARTE cameras, thus referring to the pig. “Pigs can answer their name when called. They are curious animals willingly exploring something new introduced around them ”recalled the association of L214 at its site.

Beyond the ethical question, Yvonne also gathers a major argument about her desire to ban meat in her home, even in the bowl of her four -legged companion: the impact of reproduction on nature.

180 kilos of meat are consumed annually

According to figures reported by ARTE, the number of dogs in Germany increased significantly between 2000 and 2020, from 5 to 10.7 million. In France, there will be 7.5 million dogs by 2020. The small dog will consume an average of 180 kilos of meat per year … compared to an average of 55 kilos per person. Are dogs responsible for climate change or, at the very least, do they have a role to play in the struggle to preserve nature and biodiversity?

For Frank, owner of two poodles, the answer is clear: he will continue to feed meat to his pets. “The dog is a carnivorous animal, this is his nature”he stated in the report before presenting the pieces he gave to his doggies: pork belly and lungs or deer ears. “Of course I was thinking about climate change but I had no hesitation about feeding meat to my dogs, because the pieces I gave them were inedible products. I don’t see why. that I would not give it to my dogs, unless it be thrown away or burned. ”

This point of view, Frank even defends this professional: former owner of a pet store, he opened a butcher shop for dogs and cats. There, people can buy anything they don’t want to eat and feed it to their pets. Isn’t this business a response to the excessive food waste that results from slaughtering animals or eliminating male chicks, for example (which cats seem to like, according to Frank)?

Dogs victims of violence?

Tessa (former architect) and Valérie (veterinarian) disagree. The co-founders of German start-up Vegdog, which specializes in making and selling vegan food for dogs, have spoken themselves to vegan owners as well or whose dogs have digestion problems due to meat. They work on their recipes with professionals and place great importance on using organic and good quality products. On their pâté menu? Soy, flax seeds, zucchini, cabbage or even chia seeds … A ingredient adapted to the metabolism of wolf breeds, whose livelihood in humans influences its tolerance to certain foods. But not 100% according to one last veterinarian, ARTE interviewed.

For him, the ideal is a mixed vegetable and animal diet. As for cats, it is better to adopt a rabbit because, for him, completely depriving them of meat is just “animal cruelty”. This argument comes in the full report or in the comments left on ARTE’s YouTube channel. Is depriving your pet of meat cruel, even if it stays healthy? And what about animals that are raised to eat, in living conditions that no human can tolerate? A reality left out however deserves to be considered in this reflection as being as complex and as it is interesting.

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