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A meaty problem

Shannon Falconer explains why animal-based pet foods are a problem, and looks at the future of alternatives for our furry friends.

Animals have always been a huge part of my life and that’s why I stopped eating meat in my early teens; I couldn’t bear the idea that an animal was being slaughtered for me to eat it. However, while I don’t support the meat industry to feed myself, the principle when applied to my pets, specifically my cats, presents a real conundrum.

Although animal welfare was what initially drove me to stop eating meat several decades ago, another hugely significant impetus to remove animals from the supply chain has since become evident – and that reason relates not only to farmed animals, but to the entire Earth and all animals inhabiting it, including us humans.

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