Making vegetarian fat balls?

I want to make some fat balls to feed the birds with a group of children of whom at least one is Hindu, I believe some may be Muslim and one or two others are vegetarian.

While being vegetarian does not necessarily prevent you from handling meat or giving it to animals, I'd rather not argue the toss with small children who may be a bit wary of what their parents will say; in any case Hindus believe cows should not be killed (so I could not use beef suet) and Muslims would have a serious problem handling pig meat (so I could not use lard).

Can I use the type of vegetable fat that is for making pastry e.g. Trex, Cookeen? I believe it is the saturated fat that birds need, and these are about 50% saturated fat.

 

Thanks!

  • HI Katie,

    I don't know the answer to your question, and if no one else does before morning, I will bump this back up, one of the moderators will know, but they only work office hours.

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  • In reply to Guy:

    kerry g said:
    not sure why the birds need sugar in that recipe though :/

    Indeed! I would leave it out!

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  •  Hi Katie

     surely the kids have to learn that birds aren't religious or vegatarian.

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  • In reply to Barnsley lad:

    Sorry I can't answer but the link mentioned above seems good.

    Barnsley lad said:
    surely the kids have to learn that birds aren't religious or vegatarian.

    Good point, I think children would probably understand that but you wouldn't want any complaints from the parents :)

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  • In reply to Barnsley lad:

    Barnsley lad said:

     Hi Katie

     surely the kids have to learn that birds aren't religious or vegatarian.

       Ray

     

    Have to say i agree with Ray..............We as humans make choices, but we must also understand that birds etc live a natural life and some do need nutrition from those sources mentioned.We may not like it but it is part and parcel of life..... Children really need to be taught the true facts.As a child i understood the difference between myself and birds etc etc etc and birds often eat worms...a small thing but  no different to any other meat ...........or is it?.

     

     

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  • In reply to Sheena:

    would a garden bird eat beef or pork as part of its natural diet?

    I think a vegetarian option isn't such a bad thing... no point in forcing people to do something that goes beyond their beliefs if it can be avoided... 

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  • In reply to Guy:

    kerry g said:

    would a garden bird eat beef or pork as part of its natural diet?

    I think a vegetarian option isn't such a bad thing... no point in forcing people to do something that goes beyond their beliefs if it can be avoided... 

    Well, this was my thought. Birds eat worms, and bugs, which they kill. But a garden bird cannot kill a cow or a pig and render its fat! So a human has to do that. And since believing humans shouldn't do that, and providing a healthy diet for garden birds, don't seem to be incompatible, I'll steer clear of telling children their parents' religious or ethical beliefs are wrong, for the moment. Not my job!

  • In reply to katie:

    Sorry Katie

         But this is democracy gone mad.

       Its nothing to do with religion or ethical beliefs   its wild life.

      I respect all cultures but do they feed birds vegatarian food in their original countries.

     Why not send a note out to parents asking their opinion.

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  • In reply to Barnsley lad:

    Barnsley lad said:

     Why not send a note out to parents asking their opinion.

     

    Very slightly closer to "my job", but why bother, if I can make vegetarian bird food, without writing a load of notes, collecting the answers, chasing parents who haven't replied, and then almost certainly ending up at the same situation - parents who don't believe certain animals should be killed/used by people?

     

    I'll stick with the vegetarian option, thanks!