One of the top names in Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton may be facing off-track problems for an unusual reason, to say the least. A vegetarian since 2017, Pilot also offers his dog, Roscoe, a plant-based diet. And this could result in a law violation according to the ‘Blue Cross’, an animal welfare institution in the UK.
The offender could face a fine of £20,000 (R$155 thousand) and up to 51 weeks in prison. According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Daniela dos Santos, president of the British Veterinary Association, spoke about the matter last year.
“In the UK, under the Animal Welfare Act, the owner has an obligation to feed the animal an appropriate diet. If your personal belief system means you don’t want to eat any animal protein, that’s fine, but that diet is designed to It is not done to meet your pet’s welfare standards. It is theoretically possible to feed a dog a vegetarian diet, but it is much easier to do it wrong than to do it right,” he said at the time.
The “Daily Mail” also reports that a highly respected veterinarian, Scott Miller, warned that a vegan diet ‘can be extremely dangerous for dogs’.
“Dogs and cats have sharp teeth for eating meat. When it comes to our pets, it makes sense for you to be a vegetarian,” Miller said.
Roscoe, an English Bulldog, also has an Instagram account and is successful on social media. Lewis Hamilton’s dog profile says, “I’m a vegetarian Bulldog who loves to travel, play ball, and get the attention of all the girls.”
Hamilton defended his dog’s vegetarian diet, writing, “He always had bad breath, which meant he could never walk away and his joints were sore. He also had skin allergies.”