The point, Shannon, is that many of us have serious ethical concerns about what we feed our pets that extend toward other animals besides our pets. How many animals are tortured and slaughtered inhumanely to feed my dogs each week? How do I rate those deaths? Were those animals more valuable than the lives of my pets?
You make the argument that children can survive on lucky charms if they *have* to. If human rights were being violated and people were being killed for my child's nutritional needs, I would feed her Lucky Charms, if that was the only humane option, until I found something more humane. Meaning that until I figure out a system to feed my pets and family without supporting the factory farming industry that so inhumanely slaughters millions of animals each year I'm not going to.
I don't believe that feeding my domesticated dog that should not have even been bred the highest quality raw meats so that he can have the absolute best diet takes precedence over the larger issue, which is that millions of animals feel pain and suffer so that a bunch of rich white guys can get richer.
And if that were to shorten the lifespan of my cat a few years, or my dog a few years, at least those were happy, fun years that they spent. How many other animals were not in agony during those years? I will impose my beliefs on my dogs. Just like we all impose our beliefs on our children. I don't think it's healthy for children to drink cow's milk. Children can survive on it and even appear to thrive on it. Hell, in the 70s some docs told mothers to breastfeed with only nonfat cow's milk and those kids grew up to be *just fine* Milk increases the of diabetes, amongst other things, and it is not a natural part of the human diet. We should not be eating it. And yet I am guessing that you and others who share your opinion don't think twice about feeding your children milk and milk products. As long as it's raw, right?
So yeah, I agree that your perspective is harsh, but I also think it's one sided. You're not seeing a bigger picture that exists for those of us who love all animals and not just domesticated dogs and cats.
I think that saying feeding domesticated pets a meat diet at the expense of factory farmed animals could be compared to saying that the absolute best foods ever in my own diet are worth the livelihood of other families. I don't agree with that, which is why I buy fair trade, family farmed whenever possible, which is most of the time. If those things were not as available I would make sacrifices, yes. And I have.