Fennec foxes eat a typical carnivore diet – rodents, insects, birds, rabbits, and eggs, but this one doesn’t. For years, vegan blogger Sonia Sae has been raising her fennec fox pet Jumanji on a vegan diet, and it has developed all sorts of health problems. Recently, however, a few people worked hard to spread the word about this behavior they call animal cruelty, and the internet is infuriated.
According to experts, a fennec’s diet in the wild is comprised of about 90% animals and insects while the remaining 10% consists of various plants they dig up. Naturally, they need a lot of protein when living in captivity as well. Forcing her omnivore Jumanji on a vegan menu only, Sae has probably messed up its entire nutrition. For example, fennecs need calcium and taurine. The latter is an organic compound that’s widely distributed in animal tissues. Without it, these big-eared creatures will probably develop reproductive and heart problems. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Sae has already admitted that Jumanji is half blind, suffers from spontaneous convulsions and a severe skin condition. However, she refuses to believe that this is because of what do foxes eat. “They use the word ‘abuse’ to describe the act of feeding [it] food that no animal had to die for. Despite the obvious oxymoron, any other non-vegan alternative DOES involve abuse by default,” she said in a Facebook post.
For years, vegan blogger Sonia Sae has been raising her pet fox Jumanji on a vegan diet ’cause she thinks that all species are equals
This was brought to the internet’s attention after one concerned woman posted a message on Facebook
This is how the fox looked like when Sonia Sae bought it:
Later, however, more and more people began thinking its appearance was deteriorating
Alice tried to explain why the owner shouldn’t feed him a vegan diet
While Sonia kept sharing her pet’s photos with very concerning descriptions
Alice also pointed out that Jumanji was experiencing some serious health issues
But Sonia refused to believe what ‘haters’ were saying
In the photos that she kept posting on Instagram, commenters pointed out that the fox appears to have gotten much thinner
Not only that, they thought the fur was thinning and severe skin conditions were developing
Damian Eadie, who runs a business selling vegan pet food, says it’s possible to raise a fox on such a diet
“A reasonable thing to say to Sonia would be – how are you sure this is safe for the fox? Does she know the nutritional requirements of the fox and can she formulate a suitable diet?”
This is what the owner had to say about the accusations people made online
Someone e-mailed animal rights authorities trying to consult what could be done with this and here’s what they had to say
For comparison, here are some photos of healthy fennec foxes
Image credits: Kitty Terwolbeck
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