Lewis Hamilton sparks backlash as he boasts about his dog’s planet-saving vegan diet – while sitting on a private jet
- The F1 champion’s bulldog Roscoe has been on a plant-based diet for two years
- Fellow vegan Hamilton, 36, photographed his pet on the jet with a plate of fruit
- Next to it was also a packed bowl of vegetables including broccoli and beans
Lewis Hamilton has sparked a furious backlash on social media after boasting about his dog’s planet-saving vegan diet – while sitting on a gas-guzzling private jet.
The F1 champion’s bulldog Roscoe has been on a plant-based diet for the last two years.
Fellow vegan Hamilton, 36, photographed his pet on the plane with a plate of fruit including strawberries, pineapple and kiwis.
Next to it was also a packed bowl of vegetables including broccoli, peppers and green beans.
Lewis Hamilton posted a picture of his bulldog Roscoe enjoying a plate of fruit on a private jet
Hamilton shared a snap of Roscoe from the pet’s Instagram account – which has 374,000 follows
Many vegans adopt the diet because it is deemed healthier but also because it is said to help the planet.
Cutting out meat and dairy products is thought to reduce the eater’s carbon footprint by reducing greenhouse gases from cattle.
But the issue sparked discussion last year, with animal nutritionists warning meat-free food for dogs can be deficient in vital vitamins.
Nicole Paley, of the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, said: ‘We advise that vegan diets – with no animal products – are carefully checked by a vet or animal nutritionist.’
And television vet Dr Scott Miller, who has appeared as an expert on BBC’s Crufts, said a vegan diet could be ‘extremely dangerous’ for dogs, and often removing meat from them was purely due to the preference of the owner.
He said: ‘Dogs and cats have sharper teeth for catching meat. As much as it makes sense for you to be a vegan, when it comes to our pets it’s going to prove problematic.’
The Formula 1 star, pictured trackside with his beloved pet, has been mocked for the post on social media
Hamilton shared a snap of Roscoe from the pet’s Instagram account – which has 374,000 follows.
Speaking as the pooch, he said: ‘I loves beings a vegans. I gets all the vegetables ands fruits I wants.
‘My favs are watermelons ands pineapples. I’ve lost 5kgs ands feels betters thans evers.’
But private jets have huge carbon footprints due to them having fewer people flying on them.
Fan George Drake ranted: ‘Talks about saving the environment whilst flying his dogs around first class/on private jets.
‘If everyone had a carbon footprint as big as Lewis Hamilton we wouldn’t have an earth left.’
Jonas Tillmann fumed: ‘He’s flying with a private jet and telling everybody that he would live so consistently. Excuse me?’
Alex Caprowski joked: ‘Doesn’t eats meat, flies on a jet.’ Others questioned feeding the dog a meat-free diet.
One – called – Avniq – said: ‘What do you feed for protein?’ Another said: ‘Dogs are carnivores.’
Hamilton put Roscoe on a meat-free diet to help cure his ailments. His other bulldog Coco died of heart problems, and the breed naturally suffers from breathing issues.
Hamilton has been approached for comment.