A question I received:
“You promote and apparently use to some extent commercial vegan dog foods that are made by companies that make animal products. Why don’t you advise that people make their own vegan dog foods?”
“It is simply fantasy to think that we can live in this society and avoid all commercial transactions that benefit animal exploiters. If you make your own vegan dog food by combining grains, vegetables, etc., the ingredients that you use are often and usually sold by corporations that also sell animal products. This morning, I am making our dogs a blend of broccoli, peas, lentils, and rice. The vegetables were purchased at Whole Foods and are Whole Foods’ own brand. Whole Foods is a big corporate promoter of animal exploitation. The rice and lentils were purchased at a conventional market, which sells tons of animal foods. And the rice and lentils are probably produced by a non-vegan corporation.
Even if you buy everything from a local, non-corporate producer, the chances of the producer and all of the workers being vegan is about zero so you are, under all circumstances, putting money in the pockets of animal exploiters.
We simply cannot avoid these sorts of connections and I think that we waste time and energy when we think we can. It reminds me of years ago, being at the University of Richmond giving a talk about why welfare reform does not work. Several people who were in attendance from a well-known welfare organization, and who apparently had nothing else to say, pointed out that I was drinking bottled water that was produced by some evil corporation. And is there bottled water that is free of any taint? Of course not.
So feed your dogs vegan and if you want to make the food yourself, great. If you buy a canned vegan food, don’t sweat it. There is no such thing as clean money.
I hope this addresses your concern.”