ANIMAL JUSTICE ACADEMY LUNCHTIME LIVE:
Can Dogs and Cats Eat Plant-Based?
with Andrew Knight
With meat consumption being one of the biggest contributors to climate change, land and water use, and biodiversity loss, as well as the widespread ethical concerns of the treatment of animals in industrialized farming, many humans are opting to eat plant-based. Many of those same people, however, still feel obligated to buy animal products to feed their cats and dogs.
Unfortunately, with almost a billion canine and feline animal companions in the world, the ethical and environmental impacts of the traditional dog and cat food industry are staggering, with estimates of it being responsible for 2-5% of global greenhouse gases.
Luckily, very recent large-scale studies into cats and dogs on vegan diets are showing very promising results.
Is it possible that cats and dogs not only can be healthy and happy on a nutritionally-sound plant-based diet, but that they could have even better health than their counterparts eating conventional pet food??
Dr. Andrew Knight has been conducting research in this field for years and will join us to break down the key findings of these new studies, including an extensive one he recently conducted.
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About Andrew Knight:
Andrew Knight is Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, and Founding Director of the University of Winchester Centre for Animal Welfare, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University, Queensland.
An experienced cat and dog veterinarian, he’s also a European, American, New Zealand and RCVS- recognized Veterinary Specialist in animal welfare and related fields. He has around 150 academic and 80 popular publications, and an extensive series of social media videos and several websites (including sustainablepetfood.info), on vegan companion animal diets, climate change and the livestock sector, invasive animal research, educational animal use, humane clinical and surgical skills training, and other animal welfare issues.
He regularly works with animal welfare charities to advocate for animals, and is frequently interviewed by the media. He has received over 20 awards and research grants for this work.