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Should vegans “own pets”?

MIRANDA LARBI: ‘One question that comes up time and again, within and outside the vegan community, is where vegans should stand on getting pets. Veganism, to some degree or other, is the refusal to consume any animal products. That means eating meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and not buying leather, suede and any other animal hides for fashion or interior purposes. Why?

Well, because animal production is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gases on this earth. Many of us believe that eating meat and dairy is positively bad for our health. And crucially, the slaughter and artificial insemination of animals for our benefit is morally wrong. We have enslaved animals so that we can feast. But are our pets also slaves? Are we incarcerating cats and dogs and birds and fish who just want to be free?’ SOURCE…

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