Firstly, they weren't saying that the table scraps need to be meat, they were saying cats need to eat meat (I don't know about "attack," but this certainly is saying that cats should not be on vegan diets).
Secondly, if talking about whether or not meat should be included in the diet is appropriate in this thread, then there's no reason to find fault with anyone--pro-meat or pro-vegan--for taking part in such a discussion.
Thirdly, I took perfectly seriously the "cats need meat" idea, which I believed for many years. Only after seeing sufficient evidence to the contrary did my thoughts on the matter change. I was not "brainwashed" or any such thing from birth to believe that cats can be vegan "just because." I don't believe anything "just because," actually. Nor do I feel the need to hold my tongue only because my thoughts may be unpopular.
Fourthly, I can agree completely with your last sentence, unless one considers that I care not only about the cats that live with me, but all sentient beings. This is why Robin came from a shelter, not a pet store, for example--irresponsible breeding for profit is not something I'd support, even if one of the kittens was healthy and cute enough for me to want to bring home. This is also why I encourage others to spay and neuter--it doesn't affect Kitty or Robin in the least if some other cat is fixed or not, but it does affect future generations. Kitty and Robin don't benefit from my volunteering at the local shelter, either. This concern for other sentient beings was what led me to vegan cat diets; I only realized the health benefits after looking into it.
If anyone wants to know, there's no need to worry about Kitty and Robin. Although they aren't actually my
cats, I do insist they have a high quality of life. We set aside money for them, so we'll never be out of funds when we need to pay the vet. Our feline-only hospital was found after contacting AVAR, because we were disgusted with vets who advertised kitten packages of sterilizations, vaccinations, and partial toe amputations. We don't feed them vegan food because it's cheap--we order it online from the cheapest retailer, the kibble usually in 8 pound bags of 17.50 with 6.95 shipping. We use World's Best litter because I was concerned about silica dust and ingested clumping clay, however unlikely it was to affect our kitties. We buy it in 43 pound bags; Kitty is large and can't move or dig as he'd like to in regular litterboxes, so we got a big underbed storage thing for him to use. When Kitty had a bald spot on his hock, we did ask for all the tests to make sure he didn't have ringworm, any fungus, etc (all came back negative btw, and the fur's growing back--the vet thinks something temporarily stressed him, or he pulled something that got better, and that's what caused the licking). And as I mentioned before, as slim as the chances were that he'd be having urinary tract problems, we asked that they check his urine sample. They're fed four times a day (my friend gets up every morning at 6:30 am to keep to the schedule), along with digestive enzymes and a yeast specifically designed for cats and dogs. The scratching post was 59.50 with 12.50 shipping; we thought Robin would most like that kind. We grow them cat grass in a mixture of vermiculite and peat moss, guaranteed sterile, pest free, fungus free, etc. I think I have better things to do than to keep going (trying to justify keeping our cats lol, which I certainly don't think should be necessary), but hopefully typing this up will save me from having to do it later :P I'm not tossing them vegetables because it's easiest for me and I don't care about them.
^If people won't read that, I don't know how to get it through their heads
Can we just get along and be friends now?
P.S. Because it seems humans are likely to take things the wrong way...my description of our efforts to do what's best for the cats is NOT saying we take better care of them than anyone else takes care of theirs. There, a disclaimer ^^