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Save The Earth, Eat Fluffy !

by @ 12:02 pm on October 22, 2009. Filed under Dumbasses, Global Warming


Two environmentalists from New Zealand want to blame global warming on your puppy:

The eco-pawprint of a pet dog is twice that of a 4.6-litre Land Cruiser driven 10,000 kilometres a year, researchers have found.

Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialise in sustainable living, say pet owners should swap cats and dogs for creatures they can eat, such as chickens or rabbits, in their provocative new book Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living.

The couple have assessed the carbon emissions created by popular pets, taking into account the ingredients of pet food and the land needed to create them.

“If you have a German shepherd or similar-sized dog, for example, its impact every year is exactly the same as driving a large car around,” Brenda Vale said.

“A lot of people worry about having SUVs but they don’t worry about having Alsatians and what we are saying is, well, maybe you should be because the environmental impact … is comparable.”

In a study published in New Scientist, they calculated a medium dog eats 164 kilograms of meat and 95kg of cereals every year. It takes 43.3 square metres of land to produce 1kg of chicken a year. This means it takes 0.84 hectares to feed Fido.

They compared this with the footprint of a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven 10,000km a year, which uses 55.1 gigajoules (the energy used to build and fuel it). One hectare of land can produce 135 gigajoules a year, which means the vehicle’s eco-footprint is 0.41ha – less than half of the dog’s.

They found cats have an eco-footprint of 0.15ha – slightly less than a Volkswagen Golf. Hamsters have a footprint of 0.014ha – keeping two of them is equivalent to owning a plasma TV.

Professor Vale says the title of the book is meant to shock, but the couple, who do not have a cat or dog, believe the reintroduction of non-carnivorous pets into urban areas would help slow down global warming.

“The title of the book is a little bit of a shock tactic, I think, but though we are not advocating eating anyone’s pet cat or dog there is certainly some truth in the fact that if we have edible pets like chickens for their eggs and meat, and rabbits and pigs, we will be compensating for the impact of other things on our environment.”

I can hear the conversation now:

“No Susie, we can’t have a puppy. But here’s a chicken for you. We’ll be eating him next Sunday.”

8 Responses to “Save The Earth, Eat Fluffy !”

  1. You know what would be even more eco-friendly? Eating your children.

  2. Never mind the global warming aspect. Climate change is much more likely to be caused by solar variation. However, we may be able to mitigate the effects of the solar variations by adjusting our emissions here on earth, but that is still just a theory.

    Pet ownership has been pushed heavily in America, to the point that even single adults believe that they have an obligation to keep a dog. It doesn’t seem to register with these dopes that living in a tiny efficiency is not conducive to raising a pit bull.

    Dog owners have a terrible environmental impact. Dogs dump about 88 MILLION tons of shit on our American landscape annually (based on US Pet Food Industry Association estimates). Forget the global warming aspect, 88 MILLION tons of untreated shit, going into our water supply, is a MAJOR health hazard.

    One anecdote that appeared in a New York paper a few years ago: Soil had to be removed from Central Park because it had become so saturated with fecal coliform bacteria and dog worm larvae. The removed soil had to be treated as hazardous waste.

    Where I live, adjacent to a golf course, dog owners who do not even live in the community bring their dogs here to shit; most do not clean-up after their four-legged shit dispensers.

    Dogs are lovable and to many, are like a part of the family, but dogs who leave shit-piles all over the place are harming our water supply, and the turds are like bait for roaches, rats and other vermin.

    Contrary to the TV stereotype, dog owners are not good citizens. Would anyone consider a neighbor who allowed their four year-old child to come over to your house and shit on your lawn every day, and whose kid shouted out of the window of their house at all hours of the night to be, good citizens? Of course not, yet some dog owners actually expect the rest of us to ignore their dog’s piles of shit and the constant yalping of their ill-trained animals.

    Our population has become concentrated in urban areas. The time has come for dog (and other pet) ownership to be discouraged with very large taxes and fees, as well as heavy fines for pet owners who do not clean up their dog’s shit.

  3. tfr says:

    Lame. Even back when we were all living like the Amish (and emitting very little non-renewable carbon), everyone had a dog.

  4. carla jean says:

    I guess the other countries that eat their dogs are way ahead of us.

    But to let you know, global warming/climate change is just a crock. Those of us who appreciate what our pets do for us wouldn’t/couldn’t even think of life without our furry friends. Most of them are lifesavers in one way or another. Just ask anyone who has a pet. Maybe we should start eating those who write books about eating fluffy first!!! That would start eliminating carbon footprints and wasteful use of paper.

  5. Cargosquid says:

    Soylent Green is puppies!

    Just think how much CO2 could be prevented if all of these foolish people would just hold their breath for about 10 minutes…..

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