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Pet dogs as bad for planet as driving 4x4s, book claims

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Owners should consider doing without, downsizing or even eating their pets to help save the planet, according to a new book. It claims that the carbon footprint left by domesticated animals is out …
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
Owners should consider doing without, downsizing or even eating their pets to help save the planet, according to a new book.

It claims that the carbon footprint left by domesticated animals is out of proportion to the size of their paws.

A medium-sized dog has the same impact as a Toyota Land Cruiser driven 6,000 miles a year, while a cat is equivalent to a Volkswagen Golf.

But rabbits and chickens are eco-friendly because they provide meat for their owners while a canary or a goldfish has little effect on the environment.

At the same time a pair of hamsters do the same damage as running a plasma television, suggests the book Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living.

New Zealand-based authors Robert and Brenda Vale base their findings on the amount of land needed to grow food for pets ranging from budgerigars to cats and dogs.

They say an average Collie eats 164kg of meat and 95kg of cereals a year, giving it a high impact on the planet.

But a pair of rabbits can produce 36 young annually, which would provide 72kg of meat and help decrease the owner's carbon footprint.

Mr Vale, an architect who specialises in sustainable living, said: "There are no recipes in the book. We're not actually saying it is time to eat the dog.

"We're just saying that we need to think about and know the (ecological) impact of some of the things we do and that we take for granted."

He explained that sustainability issues require us to make choices which are "as difficult as eating your dog".

Mr Vale added: "Once you see where cats and dogs fit in your overall balance of things, you might decide to have the cat but not also to have the two cars and the three bathrooms and be a meat-eater yourself."
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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[mod]#2
Hmmmmmm..............downsizing pets.

brb...........chopping the dogs legs off.
#3
Kill everything. Kill everyone. Save the planet. Obvious:roll:
#4
I have a couple of staffies who i feed leftover meat and veg to thus reducing my household waste. All the time i spend walking them reduces time in house with heating, lights and appliances on. Walking them also keeps me fit reducing my need to use medical services and encouraging me to walk with them to shops rather than driving down.

And by letting them share my bed i further reduce the need to have heating on at night.:whistling:
banned#5
stevieglesga

And by letting them share my bed i further reduce the need to have heating on at night.:whistling:


Nice poo stains too :shock:
#6
lumoruk
Nice poo stains too :shock:


Where?:?
#7
stevieglesga
I have a couple of staffies who i feed leftover meat and veg to thus reducing my household waste. All the time i spend walking them reduces time in house with heating, lights and appliances on. Walking them also keeps me fit reducing my need to use medical services and encouraging me to walk with them to shops rather than driving down.

And by letting them share my bed i further reduce the need to have heating on at night.:whistling:


Lol:-D +1 Except for the bed bit, but they do warm the house in other ways:whistling:
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stevieglesga;6672656
I have a couple of staffies who i feed leftover meat and veg to thus reducing my household waste. All the time i spend walking them reduces time in house with heating, lights and appliances on. Walking them also keeps me fit reducing my need to use medical services and encouraging me to walk with them to shops rather than driving down.

And by letting them share my bed i further reduce the need to have heating on at night.:whistling:

With you all the way.....and the bed bit.....well until i moved and went all house proud lol!
#9
thats ok ive only got yorkies cats are bigger then them
#10
Applying this logic then I presume people shouldn't have any children either?

John
#11
stevieglesga
I have a couple of staffies who i feed leftover meat and veg to thus reducing my household waste. All the time i spend walking them reduces time in house with heating, lights and appliances on. Walking them also keeps me fit reducing my need to use medical services and encouraging me to walk with them to shops rather than driving down.

And by letting them share my bed i further reduce the need to have heating on at night.:whistling:


my staffy sleeps in our bed too used to work nights when i got her and she used to cry all day in cage so let her in my bed for some peace 8 years on she's still there every night :p wife still aint chuffed but feck her
#12
lumoruk
Nice poo stains too :shock:


Him or the dog?
#13
I suppose it also says in the book to kill all old people and people that are sick or can't/won't work?? - whoever wrote that book is cracked in the head.
#14
didnt we have a thread same as this on cows the other day?

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/37/125950315_7216733f9e.jpg
#15
Johnmcl7;6673494
Applying this logic then I presume people shouldn't have any children either?

John

not unless breeding them for food...no.
#16
awoodhall2003
not unless breeding them for food...no.


made me laugh.. :)
#17
jamstaruk1972
my staffy sleeps in our bed too used to work nights when i got her and she used to cry all day in cage so let her in my bed for some peace 8 years on she's still there every night :p wife still aint chuffed but feck her


I had to go out and buy a super king size bed and they still sleep wedged between me and the wife. But wouldn't have it any other way. They are also allowed to snuggle up to me on the couch and generally rest their heads on either knee.

And just as an aside. Do you take your staffy to the staffy rescue events in glasgow?

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