A Short Overview Of Vegan Cat Ethics

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The following thoughts were posted in the group Healthy Vegan Cats (you need to join to see the posts but if you have cats in your home, it’s worth it) by my friend Peter Csere. He’s an authority on anything Vegan cat-related and a lot of other things about Veganism to boot:

Feeding farmed animal products to domesticated felines is not a humane or vegan option since we are enslaving + murdering one species to feed another which we find prettier and more preferable for companionship.

Letting cats “roam” and “hunt for themselves” is not a humane, vegan, or environmentally sound option since, according to numerous wildlife studies, human-subsidized domestic felines have a HUGE and disastrous impact on local wildlife populations. Domestic felines have singlehandedly caused the extinction of over 33 island species of mammal, reptile, bird, and amphibian, and the number one threat to many endangered songbird and rodent species is the domestic feline. The domestic feline is not even native to North America yet is the most populous feline predator on the continent, numbering over 150 million in the US alone (according to various estimates of “owned” cats and stray cat populations.)

Another important issue is that domestic felines compete for prey with natural/indigenous predator species such as mountain lions, cougars, panthers, and fisher cats. This food competition reduces the possible population of important natural predator species. Even cats that are fed by humans still kill many animals per instinct.

Feeding domestic cats laboratory-grown meat, organs, and bones modeled after their natural prey (insects and rodents) might be an excellent option for the future when laboratory-grown meat becomes economically feasible and in regular production. However, *this option is not currently available.*

I’ve noticed that some people parrot on and on about lab-grown meat but then seem to think that this constant parroting gives them license to continue purchasing real meat to feed to their domesticated cats in the meantime. By all means, donate to lab-grown meat entrepreneurial initiatives, tell your friends, advertise, get the word out and the projects started. But in the meantime, the other arguments regarding humans killing one animal to feed to another animal which they find preferable, still apply.

(Editor’s note: Feeding cats “In Vitro Meat” is a good solution when we’re dealing with the small portion of cats who physically can’t or won’t eat Vegan, this is not meant to endorse In Vitro Meat being fed to *all* cats. I also personally don’t support encouraging In Vitro Meat projects for human consumption whatsoever.)

Feeding cats a plant-based diet which has a sufficient nutritional profile to keep them healthy and happy for a similar lifespan to a domestic cat on a meat-based diet, could be presented as not humane or vegan, since technically it is not “natural” for the cat – but still, *it is the most humane and ethical of all currently available options.*

All these options are side-stepping the real issue, which is that humans are continually unnaturally subsidizing, in-breeding, domesticating, and enslaving an artificial species (the domestic feline) at the cost of much suffering to the cats, the local ecosystems that their inflated population affects, and the animals that they inbreed and enslave to feed the cats. As long as the domestic cat population continues to rise, feeding them vegan diets will help but still will only slow the suffering that results to all involved.

Humans need to learn that when they take an animal with desirable characteristics, and force it to only have sex with another animal with desirable characteristics, and do this generation after generation producing a species with inbred genetic health problems and dependency on humans, much suffering will result. Long-term solutions may or may not include a number of strategies, such as: slowly re-wilding and introducing wild genes back into the domestic cat species, relocating them to their natural habitat, wide-scale spaying and neutering, etc, among others, some of which may be controversial and some not so much.

None of these options can really be considered 100% ethical and humane, but a complete hands-off approach also results in much suffering, so in the meantime, while we struggle to find solutions that best meet the needs of all involved, to this ridiculous problem that only humans are stupid enough to create – we can feed properly-formulated plant foods to domesticated cats and stop enslaving other animals or decimating local ecosystems i.e. making a bad problem worse.

Hope this provides some insight ~ Peter Csere

Here are some more excellent resources on the solutions to the problem of being Vegan and keeping nonhumans in our homes:

https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/nonhuman-refugees

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.

To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman or human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Free Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.

How Veganism Can End The Massive Ecological Problems Of Exploiting Animals

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I’m making separate posts on individual issues related to Veganism, so that anyone who wants a handy reference guide to each issue won’t have to go through my entire link list to find it. The links included in each individual post may not be updated regularly, so the Master List will be the only place to find complete updates. These posts will be comprehensive enough to cover most or all questions related to each issue however.

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against exploitation of nonhuman and human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Out Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.

Veganism is a social justice movement and a philosophy of nonviolence towards all sentient beings. It’s an Animal Rights movement, not an environmental one. However, there are incidental benefits to consuming a plants-only diet and many of those are environmental. Here is all the info I’ve collected so far for The Master List on these issues.

Section 4:
Ecological (primarily):

Sub-Section 4A:
Video Section:

“Making the Connection – Why Vegan? PART 1”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnlVS3sw_-s

“Making the Connection – Why Vegan? PART 2”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmMMm2Vh8YQ

“Sustainability and Food Choice: Why Eating Local, “Less” Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fws0f9s4Bas

“Planet Earth Is You – Carlos Chavira”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PAe1pZAewE

“Green Gold” – Documentary by John D. Liu:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBLZmwlPa8A

“Forest Gardening with Robert Hart (Complete)”:

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Sub-Section 4B:
Text-Based Info (primarily):

Sub-Section 4B1:
Environmental Destruction (primarily):

Book Review: “Food Choice And Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, And Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work” by Dr. Richard Oppenlander:
http://www.ourhenhouse.org/2014/02/book-review-food-choice-and-sustainability-why-buying-local-eating-less-meat-and-taking-baby-steps-wont-work-by-dr-richard-oppenlander

“What Would Happen To All The Animals If Everyone Went Vegan?” by Will Tuttle:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/uncategorized/what-would-happen-to-all-the-animals-if-everyone-went-vegan

“Response to Criticism of Cowspiracy Facts”:
http://www.cowspiracy.com/blog/2015/11/23/response-to-criticism-of-cowspiracy-facts

“Number of Animals Killed to Produce One Million Calories in Eight Food Categories”:
http://www.animalvisuals.org/projects/data/1mc

“Livestock And Climate Change”:
http://www.worldwatch.org/files/pdf/Livestock%20and%20Climate%20Change.pdf

“Livestock Impacts On The Environment”:
http://www.fao.org/ag/magazine/0612sp1.htm

Peer-reviewed studies on livestock grazing impacts:
http://www.cof.orst.edu/hart/hartstudies.html#link%20to%20studies%20on%20livestock%20grazing%20impacts

“Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Green to Go Veggie”:
https://www.downtoearth.org/go-veggie/environment/top-10-reasons

“Food choices, health and environment: Effects of cutting Europe’s meat and dairy intake”:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378014000338

“Evaluating the environmental impact of various dietary patterns combined with different food production systems”:
http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v61/n2/full/1602522a.html

“Meeting the demand: An estimation of potential future greenhouse gas emissions from meat production”:
http://www.nathanfiala.com/Meeting%20the%20Demand.pdf

“Land”:
http://www.vegansociety.com/resources/environment/land.aspx

“Environment”:
http://www.woodstocksanctuary.org/learn-3/global-environment-issues/environment

What goes into a burger:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/06/27/155527365/visualizing-a-nation-of-meat-eaters

“Eco-Invasion: Laying out the facts about invasive species”:
http://eco-invasion.blogspot.com/2009/11/general-misconceptions.html

“Climate Change” July 2009:
According to Elke Stehfest, it is necessary to cut global GHG emissions by 2/3 before 2050 to not exceed a critical point of warming. This is estimated to cost $40 trillion USD. By drastically reducing animal consumption, we can cut the bill by 50% or $20 trillion dollars.
Study:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-008-9534-6
Report:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16573-eating-less-meat-could-cut-climate-costs.html

“International Journal of Climate Change” June 2012:
The World Preservation Foundation estimated that the savings were closer to 80% or $32 trillion USD.
Study:
http://ijc.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.185/prod.142
Report:
http://www.worldpreservationfoundation.org/blog/news/global-warming-can-be-kept-below-2c-affordably-through-steep-reductions-in-livestock-production

“Nature” July 2013:
A more recent estimation of the global cost of “battling” global warming is $60 trillion dollars- or $30 trillion for 50% reduction and $48 trillion for 80% if these reduction in costs are still applicable.
Study (note: this is behind a paywall):
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v499/n7459/full/499401a.html

WPF June 2013:
“So there we have it – what’s killing the Great Barrier Reef is cattle.”
“…72% of the reef’s hard coral has died since the 1960’s…”
“…Fine silt (the major coral killer), over 75% of which comes from grazing lands… Nitrogen pollution, mostly particulate, from sediment erosion of grazing lands… Phosphorous pollution, mostly particulate, from sediment erosion of grazing lands…”
Study:
http://www.reefplan.qld.gov.au/about/scientific-consensus-statement/sources-of-pollutants.aspx
Report:
http://www.worldpreservationfoundation.org/blog/news/cattle-not-climate-change-killing-the-great-barrier-reef
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Sub-Section 4B2:
Sustainable (Veganic) Farming And Communities:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock-free_agriculture

“Robert Hart”:
http://www.veganpeace.com/famousvegans/profiles/robert_hart.htm

Posts on this issue by Anders Branderud:

http://bloganders.blogspot.no/2014/04/vegan-permaculture-vegan-ecological-and.html

“Terra Frutis”:
http://www.terrafrutis.com

“Vegan Agriculture Network”:
http://www.goveganic.net/rubrique22.html

“Vegan Organic Network”:
http://veganorganic.net

“Veganic Gardening and Farming Resources” on Gentleworld:
http://gentleworld.org/veganic-gardening-and-farming-resources

“Club Veg’s website for Veganic Farming resources”:
https://clubveg.org/veganic-farming

“The Vegan Book of Permaculture: Recipes for Healthy Eating and Earthright Living by Graham Burnett”:
http://permanentpublications.co.uk/port/the-vegan-book-of-permaculture-recipes-for-healthy-eating-and-earthright-living-by-graham-burnett

“Spiral Seed”:
http://spiralseed.co.uk

“Stockfree Organic Services”:
http://www.stockfreeorganic.net

“One Path to Veganic Permaculture: From Organic to Veganic and Beyond….”:
http://veganicpermaculture.com

“Sunizona Family Farms”:
http://m.sunizonafamilyfarms.com

“My Vegan Corner of the World”:
http://thevegantruth.blogspot.com/2015/03/my-vegan-corner-of-world-by-long-term.html

“Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening”:
http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/build-underground-greenhouse-garden-year-round.html

“Veganic Gardening At Home”:
http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2014/07/veganic-gardening-at-home

“No, Cows Don’T Make Fertilizer”:
http://appliedmythology.blogspot.com/2013/03/no-cows-dont-make-fertilizer.html

“Impressions from the 3rd Grade Farming Field Trip”:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/stephen-augustine/impressions-from-the-3rd-grade-farming-field-trip/4782848227858

Sub-Section 4B3:
GMOs:

Sub-Section 4B3a:
Videos:

“Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives”:
https://archive.org/details/GeneticRouletteTheGambleOfOurLives

“Daniel Bissonnette, at March against Monsanto, Vancouver”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGhRuO0JMzY

Sub-Section 4B3b:
Text-Based Links:

“How GMOs Unleashed a Pesticide Gusher”:
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/10/how-gmos-ramped-us-pesticide-use

“Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. – the first sixteen years”:
http://www.enveurope.com/content/24/1/24/abstract

“USDA downplays own scientist’s research on ill effects of Monsanto herbicide”:
http://grist.org/article/usda-downplays-own-scientists-research-on-danger-of-roundup

“Too many stacked crop trait genes?”:
http://westernfarmpress.com/management/too-many-stacked-crop-trait-genes

“Are GMOs Worth The Trouble?”:
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/525931/are-gmos-worth-the-trouble

“37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Large GMO Corn Field Was Planted”:
http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/37-million-bees-found-dead-after-large-gmo-corn-field-planted

“StarLink corn recall”:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StarLink_corn_recall

“An overview of the last 10 years of genetically engineered crop safety research “:http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Nicolia-20131.pdf

Non-GMO Shopping Guide:
http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com
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Sub-Section 4B4:
Updated info for images you can print and hand out as flyers:

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Sub-Section 4B4:
Other Environmental Solutions:

Recycling water:
http://greywateraction.org

“Garbage Warrior – Full Length Documentary”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNYFlcV9R1w

Intermarché – “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2nSECWq_PE

“Local food, food miles and carbon emissions: A comparison of farm shop and mass distribution approaches”:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306919208000997

“The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan”:
http://inhabitat.com/the-worlds-largest-indoor-farm-produces-10000-heads-of-lettuce-a-day-in-japan

“Edible film made from essential oils can protect foods better than plastic”:

Edible film made from essential oils can protect foods better than plastic

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Sub-Section 4B6:
Environmental Lists:

Another link list on Veganism and ecology:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/vegan-philosophy-forum/environment-note-by-rudy-steffen/229266517259531

This Section Of The Master List On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/squeezeplay/posts/10202628212679707

This Section Of The Master List On my blog:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/ecological-problems-of-exploiting-animals

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.

To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info:
https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/master-list-of-vegan-info