Owners are starting to favor vegan diets for their pets, believing that it is healthier for them and sales are reflecting the increasing popularity of the trend.
Eric Weisman, CEO of vegan petfood company Evolution Diet , says his sales have increased 20% in the past year, despite the recession and the high cost of his food, according to the Colombia News Service .
However, veterinarians argue that forcing animals that naturally hunt to give up meat as a main source of protein is unhealthy and impractical.
company veterinarian Al Townshend insists that a meatless
diet for meat-eating animals is not only difficult for humans
to properly maintain, but may be dangerous because it relies on
a diet of grains and carbohydrates, which is unnatural and can
deprive animals of necessary nutrients.
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.