Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Philosophy of Dog Food
If you want to get a laugh out of people, just say "vegan dog food." Most people think it's really funny. Is it funny? I'm not sure.
In any event, the Humane Society is starting to sell a plant-based dog food. It's natural, organic, and made out of vegetables. Well, but it's not natural for the dogs! Probably not, but plant-based dog food spares the cattle (etc) who would otherwise be eaten. Presumably the Humane Society thinks that's a good thing.
In fact, their dog food isn't quite vegan--the vitamins in it are animal-based. A lot fewer animals were harmed in the making of the product, but not none. They must have reasoned that dogs need their vitamins, and consumers need reasonably priced dog food. So, they struck a compromise.
What do you think?
(A) Humane Choice is bad, because bad for dogs. In taste tests, surely dogs (being carnivores and all) do prefer meat-based food. Should that extra pleasure be taken away from them? Should their preferences, their autonomy, their natural tendencies, all be violated?
(B) Humane Choice is bad, because bad for cows, chicken. fish, etc. Of course, a lot fewer had to be killed to make this brand, so that's progress. But it could have been none. If you're going to stop dogs from eating animals, you should go all the way.
(C) Humane Choice is good enough. Life is all about compromises. The Humane Society has found the perfect compromise between what's best for dogs, what's best for cows (chickens, fish, etc.), and what's best for people.
(D) Don't be ridiculous. There's no such thing as the philosophy of dog food.
I haven't decided. The poll (LEFT) will be up for a week.