Vegan YouTuber faces furious backlash after forcing her fox to eat a vegan diet
The old adage goes: How do you know that somebody is vegan? They tell you. Of course, this is a joke and it's - predominantly - not true. However, people like Sonia Sae do nothing to help change the often negative and facetious portrayal of vegans in society.
For those of you who - like me until 10 minutes ago - are unaware of who Sonia Sae is, she is a popular Youtuber and animal activist, who also happens to be vegan.
Sae has a pet fox called Jumanji who she has placed on a strict vegan diet. Obviously, seeing as Jumanji is used to eating mice and human trash on the regular, he has been left with a series of health problems since being put on the diet. The fox has difficulty with his vision, convulsions and has lost a lot of his fur. He's also massively underweight and is struggling with skin difficulties.
Sae claims that the hair loss is purely seasonal and has claimed that a lot of the other issues are a result of his allergies. However, others aren't convinced, with one campaigner posting online about the fox and Sae's behaviour. In the post, which has gone viral on Facebook, Alice Moore said:
"It was recently also discovered Jumanji is partially blind already, no doubt due to taurine deficiency from his diet of vegan cat food.
"He is experiencing hair loss (which she claims is an allergy), appears underweight, and from the videos provided on her Instagram last week, he is also lethargic for a fennec."
"[Sae] also claims he sheds his winter and summer coats... fennec foxes are a desert dwelling animal and do not have seasonal coats that they 'shed'...meanwhile hair loss is a very common symptom of malnutrition.
"Sonia has refused to listen to experts who are all appalled at her treatment of Jumanji and have contacted her regarding the health of her fennec fox. Among these are a few sanctuaries, fox rescues, and exotic vet techs.
"The police are now currently investigating and hopefully some progress will be made in getting Jumanji the care he needs."
Despite the claims made by other people, Sae has disputed that Jumanji's declining health is down to her.
"Thank you for being concerned about his health on this subject. He is in good shape, his blood tests are fine, he's healthy, playful and hasn't shown any signs of malnutrition for around 3 years."
In another post, she said:
"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.
"I am preparing a video to explain everything, debunking all the lies that some people have spread about this whole situation, putting updated blood tests, explaining his story etc."
Don't get me wrong here, I'm all for people being vegan and, in all honesty, there is no argument against it. But forcefully making an animal change its natural diet is cruelty and should be stopped if it is indeed happening.