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Ardashir
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@QueenCold  
As for hanging out with a sapient species that eats meat, humans do that all the time. It’s probably a rule — either written or unwritten — that sapient creatures don’t eat creatures they can have an intelligent conversation with, and those who would break that rule are social outcasts.
 
This reminds me of something I read from Islamic history/legend. Once some Badawin nomads told a qadi (Islamic judge/interpreter of Quranic law) about the time they ate some mythical creatures called the Nisnas, who have the power of speech. They were hungry, but in retrospect, they wondered - was it properly Islamic to eat something that could beg you not to in proper Arabic?
 
The qadi’s response in unrecorded.
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Spike is not the first dragon to be depicted eating precious stone or metal.
As for the show ever addressing that he eats meat. They sort of already did that with Spike eating worms. I know that’s not quite what we’re talking about here, but I still don’t think it would be as big a deal as people think. Remember, some of the mane six keep carnivorous animals as pets and we’ve seen Fluttershy feed animals other animals on screen.
Maybe that is why they keep pigs. To feed carnivorous pets and other animals. Also leather and natural fertilizers from waste food.
Someone asked Faust why the Apples kept pigs. Her reply: “They needed a home. Plus— truffles!!”
 
Enough for the kids to understand… without going too grimdark.
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@Background Pony #C8B7
Spike is not the first dragon to be depicted eating precious stone or metal.
As for the show ever addressing that he eats meat. They sort of already did that with Spike eating worms. I know that’s not quite what we’re talking about here, but I still don’t think it would be as big a deal as people think. Remember, some of the mane six keep carnivorous animals as pets and we’ve seen Fluttershy feed animals other animals on screen.
Maybe that is why they keep pigs. To feed carnivorous pets and other animals. Also leather and natural fertilizers from waste food.
 
Someone asked Faust why the Apples kept pigs. Her reply: “They needed a home. Plus— truffles!!”
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@QueenCold  
Though given how little we know about Chimera society we don’t know if that particular one was an outcast or an average example of their species.
 
(If there even is more than one/three of them anyways.)
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@SeraphimDawn  
Pigs are also good at finding truffles.
 
@Background Pony #C8B7  
@QueenCold
Its one thing for them to know there’s animals that eat meat, and another for them to hang around a sapient species that does. Though I guess the subject must’ve been touched upon when they first met Griffins, so they’re likely used to it.
 
I keep feeling that most fans of the show don’t give ponies enough credit in terms of what they can stomach. They aren’t that squeamish. As for hanging out with a sapient species that eats meat, humans do that all the time. It’s probably a rule - either written or unwritten - that sapient creatures don’t eat creatures they can have an intelligent conversation with, and those who would break that rule are social outcasts.  
I don’t think Spike eating meat would be an issue in the show, because the ponies would understand he wouldn’t eat his friends. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they already knew he does. Like you said, it is very likely that griffins eat meat and ponies do associate with them. It wouldn’t be any different in Spike’s case.  
I also don’t think the writers are actively avoiding it. Showing Spike eating meat has just never been essential to the plot, so there’s no point in making him do so. The anatomy of dragons screams “I am a predator”, so it really doesn’t need to be spelled out anyway.
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@QueenCold  
I know he’s not the first one, but in most media they mainly eat meat and gems are secondary. Or an alternate diet or something like that. The point is dragons are usually depicted as carnivores and I believe in the show they focused on the gems mainly to avoid that with one of their main characters. And even though I agree it would probably not be a big deal, I don’t think its fair to compare him to their pets. Its one thing for them to know there’s animals that eat meat, and another for them to hang around a sapient species that does. Though I guess the subject must’ve been touched upon when they first met Griffins, so they’re likely used to it.