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The Vegan, Pokemon Go, and Animal Cruelty. For Real

While Pokemon Go is the biggest thing around right now, it’s inevitable it would have detractors.  Most of those detractors tend to make arguments that approach…oh, I don’t know, sanity maybe?  However, a Facebook post on a page called I’m A Vegan takes it to a whole new level.

Now, there’s a very real potential that this is satire.  Poe’s Law is a thing for a reason, after all.  However, if it’s not it wouldn’t be the first time vegans have taken aim at a game with pretending critters.  The reality is, a lot of vegans actually do take issue with Pokemon and have for at least a few years.

With that out of the way, let’s look at the meat of this argument (any pun is fully intended).

Say NO to Pokemon GO.
There is nothing okay about teaching children that it’s acceptable to keep animals as slaves.

Apparently, someone has a warped idea of slavery.  After all, it feels like I’m at my cat’s beck and call, and every pet I’ve ever had — be it dog or cat — has felt the same way.  If these pets are slaves, then maybe freedom is overrated.

Of course, when one also makes the case that animals aren’t here to do our work, or provide amusement — and since it’s a vegan page, we have to assume this individual believes they’re not here to eat — then we have to wonder if they’re playing with a full deck anyway.

As they say on late night infomercials, but wait, there’s more:

I’ve made it clear in the past how I feel about keeping animals such as dogs and cats as pets, ESPECIALLY when you don’t feed them a proper vegan diet.

A “proper vegan diet” for pets?  There are three words there.  Pick two.  You can have a proper diet for a cat or dog, or you can have a vegan one.  The two are mutually exclusive.  Both are obligate carnivores.  They have to eat meat to survive.

You’d think someone purporting to love animals would understand that this is animal cruelty.  You know, the same thing they’re basically accusing Pokemon players of doing.

Again, this might be satire, but based on the page as a whole, I doubt it.  There’s just too much stupidity that’s been said by vegans previously to assume that’s what it is.  As such, it should be mocked.  A lot.

I just hope most other vegans have more sense than this.  I’m not holding my breath, however.