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Are Pets Vegan? Dog-matic Vegans Say No | +What Pets Can You Feed Vegan?!

I’m like in today after many requests pets specifically is the concept of pets vegan are we just farming them for an oxytocin rush and then telling ourselves they’re having a good time or are they key to the human experience and help people empathize with animals and finally can cats and dogs be fed a vegan diet this topic is a hard one for vegans because we generally love animals and love being around them a lot probably too much from a selfish perspective we get a lot of benefits from having pets less anxiety more comfort and happiness and as this one study concluded they can even help you better recover from rejection but what about from the animals perspective let’s just jump right into the big philosophical question does having a pet get in the way of veganism and the idea of not exploiting not controlling and not inducing suffering upon animals from a purist perspective of animal suffering prevention it would be easy to say no sure in a vacuum may be a great way to reduce pet suffering is to not have pets at all you won’t be taking away the reproductive abilities by castrating or neutering them there’s no chance of you neglecting them and you’re not taking any animals out of their natural habitat well these are valid points I don’t think it is constructive to integrate these viewpoints into wider vegan thinking not only because it depends on the animal species but because there are already so many things that vegans can’t do which prevents people from becoming vegan in the first place there are things you can’t eat things you can’t wear and those are pretty clear-cut and shouldn’t be compromised but to say that you can a pets is a little much especially when in the US for example 60% of people have some type of pet to get a really good answer on this we’d essentially have to calculate the impossible which would be figuring out how much animal death and suffering would be prevented by vegans spreading a no pet message versus how much animal death and suffering would not be prevented if we scare everybody away by presenting ourselves as an anti pet cult one thing is for sure though pets play an undeniable role in connecting humans with animals and making them empathize with all animals including the ones that are regular for that reason and so many more I think pets are awesome and absolutely fit within a vegan ideology all of this being said vegans need to get their cruelty-free pet game on lock let’s do this firstly it is definitely not in line with basic vegan logic to buy from a breeder the commodification of animals was in the breeding industry the cruelty and all the forestry production it just goes too deep and there’s really no justification with how many animals are available to rescue but what’s the point in rescuing a single animal if you end up feeding it hundreds of chickens and dozens of pigs and other animals over the next decade this is the most overlooked aspect of being a vegan pet owner the pet is unexcelled if you have a pet piranha for example every fish that you feed it you in a sense might as well be eating because you are adding to that animal footprint as the person who decided to get a piranha yes the animals that you feed your pet are not going directly into your body but you essentially need to draw a giant circle around you and whatever type of animal you have and take responsibility for the animals that are getting fed to either one of you and I know some of you are like ah but I already have a cat from before I went vegan and don’t worry we’ll take a good level head and look at how to solve that in a bit but first I’ve asked the question can you even own an animal are they even yours quick answer this idea is generally why vegans opt out of the idea of animal ownership and instead go for the companionship title let’s be honest though this is really not a two-way street there are certainly some animals that own their humans now I can’t go all the way through this video without asking the question are we still exploiting our pets even though we think we’re giving them a great life and that we view them as companions it’s a sort of an abstract idea but vegans don’t consume byproducts from animals to avoid animal exploitation but in a sense we do get byproducts from our pets albeit not physical but for example we do use them for oxytocin or joy or comfort and the truth is how do you really know how much comfort and joy and animals Tirion singh unless you have of course a thermal-imaging camera and a veterinary scientist then you know exactly what they’re feeling the point is because need to examine this and their implications for example you should not keep an animal alive past the point where it’s suffering just because it might make you feel good and because you love it you still have to look at it the level-headed way okay now to the logistical question Ken dogs or even cats be vegan we know they’re not herbivores but let’s start with dogs from pet MD dr. Jennifer Coates writes quote the answer is yes dogs can eat a vegetarian diet and thrive even veganism consuming a diet that does not include any animal products though a little trickier is possible for dogs of course what you can find people that will disagree with this there’s no denying that amazing results have been achieved I usually stay away from anecdotes but this one from a statistical perspective is undeniable bramble the vegan border collie set the Guinness Book of World Records in 2002 for the oldest living dog at 27 years old 14 years later bramble is still number five given the minut fraction of vegan dogs across the world that is an undeniable fact about how vegan dogs can thrive and I also happen to live with a 16 year old vegan dog named Milo and let’s just say he’s doing a heck of a lot better than most 16 year old dogs which are dead he’s a little special but then again he’s always been a little special like any doggie diet a vegan diet can be done wrong it’s best to give your dog a supplement with or food with l-carnitine and taurine to cover the bases though they can make their own taurine with enough protein in their diet which happens to be 25 or more grams per 1000 calories so don’t feed them a high carb fruitarian diet back to dr. Coates quote the right balance of different plant-based sources of protein example beans corn soy and whole grains can still provide the needed amino since there’s plenty of vegan dog foods out there that need the Association of American feed control officials guidelines but yes you should definitely still take your dog for regular checkups final point there seems to be a nun proportional shaming toward vegans that feed their dogs a vegan diet sure if you feed them a crappy vegan diet will shorten their life span but so will being overweight like forty five percent of the dogs in the US but no one seems to be telling the literally tens of millions of people that have an overweight dog in their home hey did you know you may be literally killing your pet with kindness but kibbles mom’s food is not an excuse to kill your dog prematurely I also find evilly hazard is to be regularly feeding your dog the diseased and hormone pumped not fit for consumption animal parts as well as the processed foods that go into standard dog food when it comes to cats though the pushback is even stronger and understandably so cats are obligate carnivores meaning they require certain nutrients from animals for example they cannot make taurine at all unlike dogs along with a lot of other nutrients that are only found in animals to the point where most experts definitely advise against it in the words of Lou Olsen PhD and author on the subject quote trying to feed a cat a vegan diet would be like me feeding my horses meat you’re taking a whole species of animal and trying to force it to eat something that it is not designed to handle but does that mean it can’t be done without inflicting suffering well this certainly hasn’t stopped countless numbers of people from putting their cats on a vegan diet with the several different types of vegan cat food available some of which like many products in the u.s. failed to meet their advertised level of nutrients how old is a vegan cat food that meets guidelines fare well in this year-long study though none of the cats reached a taurine deficiency status three out of the seventeen or about eighteen percent of them ended up with low taurine levels all of the cats b12 indicator levels remained fine but they didn’t test for everything that a cat needs being a vegan if the cat also puts you in between a rock and a hard place litter in the sense that the low pH of a vegan diet can lead to blockages in the urethra of your cat this is more of an issue for male pads than female cats the pH of your cat’s urine must be monitored and you can also add acidifier like vitamin C to your cat’s water I think it’s important to tackle this with a level head if you are a vegan you do not want to be exploiting animals or supporting the livestock industry by buying pet food but you also don’t want to be causing suffering for your cat this presents two options number one feed your cat a vegan diet monitor them regularly with their pH and take them for check-ups and possibly put them at a higher risk of some issues or number two figure out a way to get meat without increasing animal suffering or supporting the livestock industry one solution that is work for people is talking to a local restaurant and getting their meat based waste but oh wait you’re a cat person so you’re probably an introvert other options could be be a free game for your cat and dumpster-dive for meat or you can go the roadkill route which is pretty gross all of these things I would be against a human doing for health and ethical reasons but a cat that might be suffering otherwise go for it and finally again there is no criticism of the widespread poor dietary practices for cats for example it’s yeah it’s not natural to feed them no meat but it’s also not natural to feed them a fish that is 10 to 100 times their size and loaded with mercury aka tuna in this study cats that ate the tuna diet too not just have elevated levels of mercury they also walk blessed vocalize less and played less yes played less now I can’t cover every species here but the final point is that most animals are not gonna do that well as pets we’ve had a symbiotic relationship with dogs for sixteen to thirty two thousand years which means they are quite well adjusted some scientists even say that we have yet to fully domesticate cats and they’ve only been living in and around humans for about nine thousand years which is why if you die in your home they we’ll eat you man’s best friend of me for you in conclusion give me ten million dollars to create the most well tested best vegan cat food ever made no one all seriousness is probably better if you don’t get a new indoor cat if you already have one just do your best to reduce animal suffering on all counts and if you have a dog just make sure you have a certified food that does it in terms of nutritional value and get regular checkups and maybe they will reach sixteen like Milo currently is or 27 like Brambleton as for rescuing other species just be aware of the animals needs make sure you have year-round outdoor space and make sure you start an Instagram account showing people how awesome your baby pig goat or whatever is so they stop eating as many animals alright that’s it for today feel free to let me know down below if you agree or disagree with any of my pet philosophies alright thank you for watching you

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Beginner’s Guide to Going VEGAN 🍠🌿

So, you want to go vegan or maybe you’re already vegan but you don’t feel like you’ve gotten the hang of it yet or maybe you’re thinking about it you’re not sure yet you want to learn a little bit more well in this video I’m gonna share with you all the vegan essentials you need to have a healthy happy and delicious vegan lifestyle there are a lot of different ways to eat as a vegan you can be fully raw you can be a fruitarian high carb low fat you can actually just eat Oreos and still be a vegan because they’re vegan as well but the healthiest way in the easiest way to eat is simply to eat Whole Foods vegan diet meaning you’re eating plenty of whole grains legumes fruits vegetables healthy seeds nuts and all those things and by eating that way you’ll get all the nutrients you need all the protein all the healthy fats all the fiber nutrients like minerals and vitamins and amino acids all of that and also make sure that you’re cooking at home for yourself most of the time so that you know what’s in your food and of course that will help you stay healthy one nutrient that I do recommend supplementing is b12 it’s very important for your nervous system and whether or not you’re vegan you should probably be taking a b12 supplement now there’s a lot of information about b12 so I’m gonna link to some of that below so you can learn more and figure out how much you should be taking I’m an ambassador for mega food a supplement company and I take quite a few of their supplements not on a regular basis but for example zinc this is a supplement that I take whenever I feel like I might be getting a cold or something but zinc you can also get from your food it’s just nice to have a little bit of a boost certain times of the year I also have the blood Builder supplement from mega food which is an iron Supplement now I don’t take this often because I’ve never had a deficiency with iron because I get all the iron I need from my food iron comes from greens whole grains legumes another thing that helps absorb iron is vitamin C so if you’re eating a healthy vegan diet you’re gonna get all of that however some people do need to supplement iron maybe you had a baby recently maybe you’re losing a lot of blood with your period this blood filter iron supplement is really wonderful to take and if you don’t get enough sunshine you might want to think about supplementing with vitamin D super important just make sure that the vitamin D you take is vegan another thing to keep in mind is that when you’re eating a healthy whole food vegan diet you can eat more volume than if you’re eating a standard American diet so that’s one thing a lot of people get confused about because I know we’re so often taught that if you’re gonna be healthy then we should have smaller portions of food not the case when you’re eating vegetables and fruits and all these things so make sure you eat a bounty of food eat as much as you need to feel full to feel energized because food is your fuel eat as much as you need to be alive to be happy to feel energized if you’re feeling tired if you’re feeling hungry then that probably means that you should be eating more of the good food I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me that they want to go vegan but can’t because can’t afford it or simply don’t have enough time but the truth is eating a healthy delicious colorful vegan diet does not have to be expensive and if you manage your time well it doesn’t have to take a lot of time either the essentials of a vegan diet are actually very inexpensive it’s only when you spend money on the specialty items like spirulina and maca powder and goji berries and all that that it gets crazy but you don’t need all that to be healthy it just needs the basic necessities okay but what about organic verses can if you can’t afford organic food then more power to you but it’s most important to make sure that you’re eating a vegan diet even if it’s kind of internal produce the best way to get around all this to get rid of all the confusion as long as you live in a place where you have access to it it’s the shop at a farmers market oftentimes the farmers at the farmers market can’t afford the organic USDA certification but if you talk to them and ask them is this grown-up pesticides e is x y&z on this produce then they will tell you yes or no by shopping in the farmers market you can save money and better know exactly what you’re getting planning out your meals in advance can really help you save time and money follow a meal plan so that you know what you’re gonna be eating every single day throughout the week I also like to do the meal prep at the beginning of the week so that my refrigerator is stopped I spent a little time usually about an hour and a half to two and a half hours prepping all my food for the week it’s all in the refrigerator so all I have to do is take it out when I want to eat it and my meal it’s done so much time safe that’s also a great way to save money because you’re less likely to be eating out at restaurants I have so many videos about saving time and saving money as a vegan so make sure you check those videos out as well I’m gonna link them below if you have a little bit more money but not enough time then you can always buy pre-prepped vegetables canned beans and things like that to help you save time in the kitchen one thing I love to use or mushrooms mushrooms tend to be a little pricier but cooking them is a breeze all you have to do is toss them with a little olive oil and salt and put them in the oven or do a quick saute hardly any prep work involved at first when you’re starting out it can be a challenge to do healthy and fast all together but it can be done eventually it becomes second nature the challenge is gone it’s easy and I’ve got a lot of resources to help you and I know that you can do this so if you want to eat a healthy delicious vegan diet you should make sure that your kitchen is always well stocked in your kitchen you should always keep whole grains that includes brown rice quinoa Oh Sparrow freak that also make sure you have legumes like beans lentils and peas always almost every meal I have includes whole grains and legumes in my kitchen I also always keep greens greens like kale collard greens spinach arugula there’s so many different greens in so many different ways to eat them all so you guys know I’m su potato Sol and I love sweet potatoes so I always have plenty of sweet potatoes and others starchy vegetables you can use these in almost any type of dish I also love keeping fruit in my house because it’s a super easy delicious sweet and healthy snack also nuts and seeds are great snacks and they make your meals so much tastier and add so much more texture so make sure you always have those in your kitchen too and of course when you’re putting together a meal it’s super important to have plenty of spices so I have a whole spice cabinet full of spices and I also like to make my own sauces like my dressings tomato sauces curry sauces and I always make sure they have the ingredients to make them on hand however if you don’t have time to make your own sauces make sure that you buy premade sauces at the store and keep them in your fridge or in your kitchen whole foods taste great on their own however spicing up your food is really what takes it to the next level makes it delicious makes you want to continue eating this way forever and ever now if you’re just transitioning to a vegan diet for the very time you might be craving some of your old foods or even if you haven’t started transitioning you might feel like I would go vegan but I can’t give up cheese or chicken well there are vegan alternatives for cheese and chicken and they’re super tasty the technology has come a long way you can trick people with this stuff and you can trick yourself too and you can go vegan too so make sure you try all of these delicious vegan alternatives to animal products especially if you don’t think that you can do a vegan diet because you can’t give those things up I promise you you can give those things up by eating the vegan alternative to them so I understand that in social situations it might be tricky and some people feel like I don’t know if I can go vegan because my whole family is not vegan and I don’t have any vegan friends but it is 2018 you can go vegan and your friends and family will respect you and you can live your life so say for instance you’re going out to eat with your friends or family and you guys are not going to a vegan restaurant first of all I recommend calling ahead obviously you could just look on their website first but if you don’t see anything that stands out if you call ahead oftentimes the chef will offer to make you a vegan meal it’s happened to me multiple times and that vegan meal that the chef made especially for you is usually even better than what everybody else is eating if you’re going to a social event where you’re afraid that there won’t be food say like a potluck or a party you can always bring your own food with you of course bring enough to share with everybody because once they see your vegan food they’re gonna want to try it as well I’ve been vegan for almost 7 years and I cannot tell you how much it’s changed since I first went vegan nowadays non vegans are often the first ones to want to try it your vegan dish and if you’re really going somewhere where you cannot eat anything cannot bring your own food make sure you eat ahead of and if you can’t bring your own snacks with you if you’re concerned that being vegan is gonna be difficult for you because of your cultural and traditional foods don’t worry you can actually make your traditional foods vegan so I’m from the south and I grew up eating soul food but instead of just never eating soul food again or saying that I can’t be vegan I worked to veganize all of my favorite traditional foods everything from chicken and waffles to super to the pie two pound cake I have veganized it all and you can do that from whatever culture you’re from I also really recommend looking into the history of your traditional foods a lot of our traditional foods from all around the world are plant-based in origin and it isn’t until much more recently that animal products started becoming like a big part of it traditions are always changing so it makes a lot of sense to me that you could simply take your culture back to its plant-based route I wrote a lot about this in my cookbook actually which is coming out you can order it now there are so many awesome vegan cookbooks that explore different types of cuisine so Indian vegan soul food vegan African vegan Caribbean vegan Thai vegan Chinese vegan there are also a lot of restaurants that are devoted to all different types of vegan cuisine I went to a cuban vegan restaurant the other day one of my favorite restaurants here in LA is a thai vegan restaurant there’s a an amazing ethiopian vegan restaurant here anything can be veganized in a super delicious and authentic way so don’t let that hold you back it’s also super important to make sure that you have your vegan crew your support group so I understand that a lot of people don’t have vegan friends already most of my friends and family members are vegan so it’s important to get some vegan friends in your life you can join a meetup group of course online there are so many opportunities to connect with other vegans whether it be reddit groups or Facebook or here on YouTube whatever it takes make sure you get at least one vegan friend so that you guys can be vegan buddies and support each other lastly it’s super important to remember why you started this vegan diet and also to stay motivated while you’re living this lifestyle especially at the very beginning because like once you’re a few years in like me there’s no motivation required this is just the way you live so I recommend watching movies reading books and just generally learning more about why it’s so important to be vegan why it’s important for you your health animals and also the environment I recommend things like Cal Spira see what the health which you’ve probably already seen also books like Skinny Bitch the vegan is a fro ism diet for a new America there’s so much and there’s so many cookbooks mine is coming out soon make sure you preorder link below but yeah I just wanted to make sure that you remember to stay motivated and if you follow the tips from this video make my recipes follow the meal plan then you’ll be totally fine and you’ll be so so happy that you chose the vegan lifestyle and if you have any questions make sure you leave them in the comment section below and if you’re already vegan a seasoned vegan like me make sure that you look at the comments give some help give some advices people who need it thanks for watching guys make sure you hit the like button subscribe to my channel and hit the notifications button so you know when I release a new video I’ll see you guys next time [Music] you [Music]