Extinction Rebellion supporter sparks outrage after forcing dog to become vegan
15 October 2019, 09:36
An Extinction Rebellion supporter has sparked fury online after boasting she made her dog become a vegan.
Suzannah Pearce posted a picture of the dog wearing a jacket with a sign saying: "If I can be a vegan, so can you! #vdog".
The polarising post garnered more than 5,200 replies before it was deleted.
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan and former football player Peter Crouch were among those to be outraged at what was happening.
Mr Morgan said: "Never seen a sadder looking dog, give it some meat."
And Mr Crouch seemed to be equally horrified, and replied to Mr Morgan's tweet saying: "He looks like he'd love a sausage."
Some claimed they had reported the post.
Lynn English said: "It has been reported by several people. I do think it's cruel to expect a dog to be vegan.
"Poor little mite."
Tony Mills also jumped into the debate, saying the dietary choice was "hypocrisy of the highest order".
He said: "These people choose to be vegan because of a dislike for their interpretation of cruelty to animals then turn around and deny an animal his natural diet? Hypocrisy of the highest order."
But not everyone disagreed with Ms Preacher, with Andy Platt saying: "'This is animal abuse because the dog hasn't chosen to be vegan' Does everyone just give their dogs whatever they want then?
"Because mine would choose to eat 17 packs of custard creams if I let him."
Some dogs may thrive on a vegetarian diet, but according to Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University, it is "difficult, if not impossible" for canines to obtain key proteins like collagen, elastin and keratin, unless they eat animal products.
If an owner does decided to feed their dog a vegan diet, it can only be done under the supervision of a veterinarian to avoid the dog suffering from malnutrition.