Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Decide: Pets Or Your SUV

Polluting pets: the devastating impact of man's best friend

PARIS (AFP) – Man's best friend could be one of the environment's worst enemies, according to a new study which says the carbon pawprint of a pet dog is more than double that of a gas-guzzling sports utility vehicle.

But the revelation in the book "Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living" by New Zealanders Robert and Brenda Vale has angered pet owners who feel they are being singled out as troublemakers.

The Vales, specialists in sustainable living at Victoria University of Wellington, analysed popular brands of pet food and calculated that a medium-sized dog eats around 164 kilos (360 pounds) of meat and 95 kilos of cereal a year.

Combine the land required to generate its food and a "medium" sized dog has an annual footprint of 0.84 hectares (2.07 acres) -- around twice the 0.41 hectares required by a 4x4 driving 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles) a year, including energy to build the car.

To confirm the results, the New Scientist magazine asked John Barrett at the Stockholm Environment Institute in York, Britain, to calculate eco-pawprints based on his own data. The results were essentially the same.

"Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the carbon footprint of meat," Barrett said.

Other animals aren't much better for the environment, the Vales say.

Cats have an eco-footprint of about 0.15 hectares, slightly less than driving a Volkswagen Golf for a year, while two hamsters equates to a plasma television and even the humble goldfish burns energy equivalent to two mobile telephones.


They would really not like me, we have 3 cats, a goldfish, and an SUV.

Basically though, this is just one more example of how silly global warming, and the entire ideology of the left for that matter, has gotten.

Finally, I'm not much of an animal person but this is just sick "Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living". Just more insanity from the left.


LASunsett said...

I don't have an SUV, but I have a full sized 5.7L engine pickup truck and two dogs.

Let them come for the truck or the dogs. It will turn out to be a major miscalculation on their part.

Miss T.C. Shore said...

Wouldn't it be better, environmentally speaking, if we fed dogs a steady diet of liberals? It removes the cost of farming, it takes more humans out of the environment, and, by my calculation, the hot air that comes out of liberals seems to be a major source of carbon emissions.

It's a win-win.

Chuck said...

LA, agreed.

TC, LMAO. I've always said that if they want to reduce the world's population, they are more than welcome to start with themselves.

DaBlade said...

They can't have my lab Ally. She'd be way too gristly. I like my pig Roast idea better.

Always On Watch said...


The idiocy of environmentalists knows no bounds.

I like Miss T.C. Shore's idea:

Wouldn't it be better, environmentally speaking, if we fed dogs a steady diet of liberals?


Brooke said...

How utterly ridiculous.

I agree with Miss T.C. If they want to reduce their carbon footprint for good, why not feed the dog?


I'm a huge offender. I've got two dogs; one a 45lb pit bull, the other a 110lb great dane. Considering they eat about nine cups of dog food per day, their carbon pawprint must be at least that of Al Gore's, according to this idiot math.

Brooke said...

Merry Christmas, Chuck!

cube said...

I say we eat the Vales ;-)

Not really. They would taste like the idiotic, pedantic poops that they are.

We have 3 cats, 1 dog, 2 SUVs, and 2 pick up trucks and we're not going to get rid of any of them unless we feel like it.

Chuck said...

DaBlade, let the lab eat them???

AOW, TC nailed it

Brooke, have you read the Hitchhiker series? There was a rock band that was supposed to be the loudest ever in history. They were so loud environmentalists would protest every time they played. The band's manager took some environmentalists out to lunch to reason with them. When he couldn't he had them shot. One of the funniest environmental scenes I've seen in a book.

Cube, agreed. I just drove home on bad roads, they can pry my 4 wheel drive SUV out of my dead fingers.

Larry Durham said...

Miss TC has the solution...but that smacks of animal cruelty! Excuse me but I need to walk my what did I do with my Gore scooper?

Merry Christmas Chuck and readers!

Brooke said...

Chuck: Douglas Adams rawks!!!

Have you ever read the Dirk Genltly stuff? It's great.

Chuck said...

Loved them.

He died way too young