Going vegan isn't just a dietary preference -- as we know, making the switch to a cruelty-free lifestyle has far-reaching benefits for our environment and the animals we share it with. Switching your pup to a nutritionally complete vegan diet helps us get one step closer to a sustainable future.
Animal Agriculture's Toll on the Planet
Due to the carbon dioxide and methane emissions associated with raising, processing, transporting, and storing animal products, animal agriculture is a massive contributor to climate change...not to mention deforestation, pollution, water consumption, and biodiversity loss. Ouch.
The majority of the agricultural land in the US is devoted to raising livestock and growing grain to feed them, and 80-90% of our water usage goes towards meat, dairy, and egg production. Meanwhile, people (and pets!) around the world suffer without these basic necessities.
Arable land and fresh water are both finite resources, and we're consuming them at an alarming rate. From a sustainability standpoint, our planet isn't able to accommodate the strain of the 70 billion land animals raised annually for our consumption.
According to the United Nations, “[animal agriculture is] one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”
The Environmental Benefits of Veganism
Switching to a vegan diet can make a world of difference. When you choose not to consume meat, eggs, and dairy, you are preventing animal suffering and greatly reducing the depletion of natural resources.
From a land use perspective, it requires 1/6 of an acre to feed a vegan for a year, versus 3 acres to feed a meat-eater. That's 18 times more land required when you choose to eat animal products. On top of that, going vegan saves an incredible amount of water, minimizes energy needs, and reduces waste. Learn more here.
Hooray for Vegan Dogs!
Plant-based diets are clearly a more sustainable choice for us, and we now know the same is true for our canine companions. Last year in the US alone, 89.7 million dogs lived in households as pets, and that doesn’t account for the millions of stray dogs that enter shelters every year.
Despite all the positives we find in vegan lifestyle, we continue to feed the vast majority of our dogs food that is loaded with animal products. As guardians, we make all kinds of choices for our pups, including where they run and play, who they interact with, and, of course, what they eat. The more we shift our pets towards vegan diets, the less harm we inflict on the planet. Your pup can make a huge difference, one bowl of vegan kibble at a time.
V-dog is a California-based company that offers healthy, complete and balanced dog food for your pup. Our mission is to provide environmentally and ethically conscious products that you can feel good about...and that your pup will love! We make animal products without animal products -- a win-win for our pooches and the planet.