Look, I’m not a vegan, and I don’t intend to be one, but I do understand where they’re coming from.

It’s just… bacon butties.

Now I know that’s extremely close-minded and that all that, but it’s really not my fault – blame thousands of years of evolution telling me to enjoy delicious, meaty foods.

What I will say, however, is that I do think veganism is a genuine and viable dietary alternative for the future; once vegan ‘meat’ looks the same as normal meat, tastes the same as normal meat, and perhaps most importantly of all, costs the same as normal meat, then I don’t see why you’d choose to eat an animal over that.

Until then, though, consider me a certified burger-lovin’ carnivore – a non vegan, if you will.

In this day and age – 2018 in case you’d forgotten – vegans get a bad press, and mostly it’s because of a select few who ruin it for the majority.

Having said that, people who force their veganism on actual pets – specifically cats – have, in my opinion, lost the plot.

And it seems I’m not the only one who thinks it, because according to the Telegraph, owners risk breaking the law if they force their pets into veganism.

The RSPCA are said to be supporters of the change, as cats can become seriously ill if given exclusively plant-based diets.

A spokesman said while dogs were omnivores and could theoretically survive on a vegetarian diet, cats were carnivores and needed meat.

They pointed out:

“Under the Animal Welfare Act, the law requires an owner to take reasonable steps to ensure that all the pet’s needs are met. 

“This includes a healthy diet, as well as providing suitable living conditions, ability to behave normally, appropriate company and protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease.”

Furthermore, according to Feline Nutrition Foundation, felines ‘must eat meat’ and that it is ‘an absolute biological necessity.’

Guidelines say owners could be slapped with a huge fine or even a jail sentence if convicted under the Animal Welfare Act if the animal is malnourished.

The warning comes after the National Pet Show in Birmingham earlier this month showcased the latest in vegan pet food and non-meat alternatives, as owners look to spread their ethical diets onto their pets too.

These products use vegetable protein derived from soya, wheat, maize, rice and beet pulp substituted with synthetic vitamins and amino acids naturally found in meat.

A spokesman for the RSPCA added:

“Cats are strict carnivores and depend on some very specific nutrients that are found in meat including taurine, vitamin A and arachidonic acid so can become seriously ill if they are fed a vegetarian or vegan diet.

To be honest, I think the whole pets as vegans thing is ridiculous anyway; it’s a bit like asking a dog to start walking on two feet rather than all four or asking a snake to be less gross.

These animals have been conditioned to act and behave in a certain way for millennia – just because we’ve suddenly come to the conclusion that meat is bad doesn’t mean animals adhere to the same ideology.

Now start giving your cat it’s proper food and let’s draw a line under the whole nonsense.

If you can’t, get a tortoise instead.

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