Vet nurse makes case for veganism in profession
A veterinary nurse has written an article published by the BVA suggesting those employed in the profession should go vegan.
The article by Leanne Dalton is headlined, ‘Do we have a moral obligation to be vegan?’ and argues that saving the lives of pets and then eating other animals could be seen as “contradictory”.
It states: ‘”e are expected to treat all our patients equally, but equality should extend to animals beyond those in our care. Is it not contradictory to perform life-saving surgery on one animal and then eat a chicken sandwich straight after?”
Mrs Dalton, who works at Vets4Pets in Loughborough argued that studies in farm animals “demonstrate a wide range of cognitive abilities equal to, and in some cases superior than, the small animals [pets] that many of us [veterinary workers] see in practice.”
The BVA does not have an official stance on whether vets should eat meat.
Mrs Dalton concludes: “Studies in farm animals, decapods and cephalopods have shown that they are able to demonstrate a wide range of cognitive abilities equal to, and in some cases superior than, the small animals that many of us see in practice.
“If we are against cruelty to animals, we should stop contributing to harming them and collectively adopt veganism.”