In a world that is trying to be more and more eco-friendly, many people are becoming vegan in the hopes of protecting nature to a degree. However, this one person may have taken it a bit too far.
A Youtuber, blogger, and an animal rights activist named Sonia Sae is keeping a Fennec fox named Jumanji as her pet. She claims to have rescued the fox from a breeder in 2014 and has been taking care of it since. Fennec foxes are known to eat insects, mealworms, birds, rabbits, rodents, and eggs. However, this particular fox has been eating nothing but vegan food. Since Jumanji started to have many health problems, people on the internet started to call this act of putting the animal on a vegan diet as abusive.
Experts say that 90% of a Fennec fox’s diet is based on other animals and insects which meets their high need of protein. Without eating meat, a Fennec fox would face problems related to heart and reproductivity. Therefore, it has raised concerns in the sense that the vegan diet might have put the animal’s balance completely off. It has been stated by Sae that Jumanji already suffers from hair and weight loss, sore skin as well as partial blindness. The animal appears to be extremely thin and lethargic on the photos shared by Sae. However, she insists that the hair loss is an allergic reaction and does not accept being called abusive: “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.”
Not only the diet but also the condition the fox is living in raises concerns. Dr. Heather Rally, a supervising veterinarian for PETA states “Fennec foxes are sensitive, vulnerable nocturnal animals who are naturally frightened of humans and should never be kept as companion animals. PETA is urging Ms. Sae to send this displaced fox to a sanctuary that can meet his complex needs and to visit her local animal shelter, where a lovable dog or cat has been waiting for her.” Many people have already reported Sae to authorities for abuse.
We genuinely hope that Sae realizes that she may be putting the fox’s life in danger and does what is ultimately best for Jumanji.