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Ditching dogs for the planet not an option
The Timaru Herald ^ | 10-23-09 | FLEUR COGLE

Posted on 10/22/2009 3:32:05 PM PDT by Brandonmark

Linda Finlay will not be giving up her dogs any time soon – despite a call from researchers to swap dogs and cats for pets they can eat, like rabbits or chickens.

A longtime dog lover and dog training club member, Mrs Findlay couldn't imagine a life without Thomas, Zarah and Zoe – even if the Bernese Mountain Dog crosses and Alsatian labrador cross do have a carbon pawprint bigger than a Land Cruiser.

"They're like part of the family," Mrs Findlay said.

Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialise in sustainable living, have recommended pet owners consider what impact their animals have on the environment in their book Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living.

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

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 the dog.

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 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.

But the researchers did not factor in the emotional value of the pets, Mrs Findlay said.

Mrs Findlay said she and partner Phil Burton never intended to have three large dogs. "When you have got dogs ... you don't just get rid of them. They are friends."

As far as the environment went, Mrs Findlay said she tried to do her bit to preserve it, and to minimise the dogs' impact on it. Thomas, Zarah and Zoe are mainly fed dog biscuits and only get meat occasionally.

"What the dogs give back to me is probably equal to what the environment gives me – but probably on a more emotional level."

And as for swapping pets, she already has a cat, two budgies, one horse, six sheep, chickens and a huge bullock steer


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: doomsday; environment; greenieweenies; napl; soylentgreen; starkravingsocialism
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Wow!
1 posted on 10/22/2009 3:32:06 PM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

Psychos! I will NEVER give up my dogs. I’d butcher my husband first. ;)


2 posted on 10/22/2009 3:33:23 PM PDT by publana (Obama, you will not intimidate me into not voicing my opinions.)
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To: Brandonmark

Woof!


3 posted on 10/22/2009 3:33:33 PM PDT by Ralph the Hun
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To: Brandonmark

Mao had periodic pogroms against dogs. Communism sooner or later devolves into insanity. Like night follows day. People really are going off the deep end and it ain’t a pretty sight.


4 posted on 10/22/2009 3:35:52 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Brandonmark

Oh my GOD that is SO SICK! OK, so these perverts think the planet would be better off with not only humans gone but also the species that like humans the best. What species IS permitted to survive, according to the econazis?


5 posted on 10/22/2009 3:36:30 PM PDT by ichabod1 ( I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet.)
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To: Brandonmark

What did they use, dog math?


6 posted on 10/22/2009 3:37:07 PM PDT by razorback-bert (We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.)
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To: Brandonmark

A dog is TWICE the eco-footprint of a Toyota Land Cruiser!!!! Bwahahahahahah!! Too Rich! ... If any of the liberal twits get to have their pooches, then I get TWO Land Cruisers!! Awesome!


7 posted on 10/22/2009 3:37:23 PM PDT by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: Brandonmark
...a call from researchers to swap dogs and cats for pets they can eat, like rabbits or chickens.

Obviously not Korean researchers. :)

8 posted on 10/22/2009 3:38:23 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("If you cannot pick it up and run with it, you don't really own it." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: Brandonmark

You don’t butcher your pets. What is it with some people?


9 posted on 10/22/2009 3:38:37 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Without the Constitution, there is no America!)
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To: All

My dog loves libtard eco-nazis.

He thinks they’re delicious.


10 posted on 10/22/2009 3:38:49 PM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: publana

Tell you what - let’s ahve animal rights activists over for dinner. They’d go well with an amusing claret and a Caesar salad, don’t you think?


11 posted on 10/22/2009 3:39:32 PM PDT by Noumenon (Work that AQT - turn ammunition into skill. No tyrant can maintain a 300 yard perimeter forever.)
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To: Brandonmark
Our dogs are here to stay until the Good Lords takes them.
Some people are just soooooooooo out of it.Maybe it time to get rid of them.
12 posted on 10/22/2009 3:40:10 PM PDT by ezcritter
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To: Brandonmark
“pets they can eat,”

That says everything you need to know about the mentality of these “researchers”.

13 posted on 10/22/2009 3:40:18 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA ( Not the one in Oz)
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To: Brandonmark

My dog is Green! It $hits Green! Spits up Green! What more do you want????


14 posted on 10/22/2009 3:40:48 PM PDT by classified
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To: Brandonmark

I am not giving up my SUV. Too emotionally attached! LOL!


15 posted on 10/22/2009 3:41:17 PM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 (Best thing about Cash for Clunkers is that 90% of the Obama bumper stickers are now off the road.)
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To: Brandonmark
Our dogs are here to stay until the Good Lords takes them.
Some people are just soooooooooo out of it.Maybe it time to get rid of them.
16 posted on 10/22/2009 3:41:30 PM PDT by ezcritter
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To: Brandonmark

They’ve jumped the shark. This will make any otherwise rational fence-sitter see how evil these “planet-loving” bastards are.


17 posted on 10/22/2009 3:42:02 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (This tagline excerpted. To read more, click on MyOverratedBlog.com)
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To: Brandonmark

How about we keep our dogs and get rid of leftists instead?


18 posted on 10/22/2009 3:42:03 PM PDT by doug from upland (10+ million views of HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: publana

The good news is the psychopathic enviros make new enemies with every new effort to highlight their cause. i.e. my wife is fairly apolitical (but thankfully votes conservative) however if someone talks bad about dogs she will eviscerate him (her).


19 posted on 10/22/2009 3:42:09 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: Brandonmark
What you talkin' 'bout, Willis??


20 posted on 10/22/2009 3:43:34 PM PDT by WVKayaker (www.wherezobama.org / Obama's Excellent Adventure ...)
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To: Brandonmark
Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale

Demons.
21 posted on 10/22/2009 3:44:59 PM PDT by Since 2009-07-21
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To: Brandonmark
This is so stupid on so many levels...


22 posted on 10/22/2009 3:45:53 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
You don’t butcher your pets. What is it with some people?

That's why we raise wiener dogs.

23 posted on 10/22/2009 3:46:10 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (Eat right...exercise...die anyway.)
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To: Brandonmark

“...despite a call from researchers to swap dogs and cats for pets they can eat, like rabbits or chickens.”

I always used to tell my dog we were keeping her fat just in case times got hard, but she didn’t care.


24 posted on 10/22/2009 3:48:24 PM PDT by PLMerite (Speak Truth to Stupid.)
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To: Brandonmark

If these econuts really want to establish their creds, they need to just off themselves and save the carbon footprint. After all, humans are the big polluters, right?


25 posted on 10/22/2009 3:49:24 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Eschew Socialism!)
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To: Brandonmark

Someone has WAAAAY too much time on their hands, sitting around figuring out pet carbon footprints! (Or would that be pawprints?) I wonder what my horse and two Great Danes contribute? (Like I care!)


26 posted on 10/22/2009 3:50:40 PM PDT by GWMcClintock ("When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Ps.11:3)
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To: Brandonmark

You can eat a dog. Review the Lewis and Clark Expedition journals.


27 posted on 10/22/2009 3:50:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Noumenon

Or perhaps a nice chianti and some fava beans.


28 posted on 10/22/2009 3:52:18 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (Eat right...exercise...die anyway.)
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To: Molon Labbie

“He thinks they’re delicious.”

Do they taste like chicken?


29 posted on 10/22/2009 3:52:27 PM PDT by GWMcClintock ("When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Ps.11:3)
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To: Brandonmark

Hey “Scientists” .. . . leave my dogs alone

All in all you’re just another pr*** in the wall


30 posted on 10/22/2009 3:53:23 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: darkwing104
I wonder how they calculate their numbers. Why not 100-thousand tons.
What the heck, lets just make it an even 1-million tons of guilt.
31 posted on 10/22/2009 3:53:32 PM PDT by MaxMax (Obama can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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To: Brandonmark
Linda Finlay will not be giving up her dogs any time soon – despite a call from researchers to swap dogs and cats

Neither will I...and the only thing I'll be swapping is LEAD with anybody who interferes with my critters.

32 posted on 10/22/2009 3:54:13 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: MaxMax
I wounder how many innocent trees were murdered for their lousy book?


33 posted on 10/22/2009 3:55:40 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Brandonmark

(Makes you wonder where PETA is on this one!)

Save the planet: time to eat dog? :

http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/2987848/Save-the-planet-time-to-eat-dog


34 posted on 10/22/2009 3:56:33 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: Brandonmark

Time to eliminate the carbon footprint caused by psycho environmentalists.

My dogs are far more valuable than these useless eaters.


35 posted on 10/22/2009 3:56:47 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: TASMANIANRED
My dogs are far more valuable than these useless eaters.

Absolutely.

36 posted on 10/22/2009 3:58:44 PM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: Brandonmark
I think more of my dog than I do most people.

Here's a much better idea: "ditch politicians for the planet". They are completely expendable and there will be few complaints.

37 posted on 10/22/2009 3:59:43 PM PDT by Czar (Life Member -- NRA)
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To: Brandonmark

Joke?


38 posted on 10/22/2009 4:00:34 PM PDT by Anima Mundi (The trouble with trouble is it starts out as Utopia)
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To: TexGuy
If any of the liberal twits get to have their pooches, then I get TWO Land Cruisers!! Awesome!

That's two Land Cruisers PER LIBERAL'S DOG.

Sweet. I've always wanted an FJ40.

39 posted on 10/22/2009 4:01:21 PM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Brandonmark
cats have an eco-footprint of 0.15ha – slightly less than a Volkswagen Golf

Yep,let's get rid of cats...won't take long before the mice population will explode and have a eco-footprint the size of a eco-greenies ego. That could be the end of earth as we know it.

40 posted on 10/22/2009 4:03:37 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" LINCOLN)
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To: Anima Mundi

I am afraid it is not a joke in the funny sense!


41 posted on 10/22/2009 4:03:47 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: Brandonmark

Self-ping.


42 posted on 10/22/2009 4:04:26 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: publana

Dog and cat owners should pay $50 per pound per year to off set their carbon footprint.

Yeah and the same for people with fish tanks.


43 posted on 10/22/2009 4:06:09 PM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: OpeEdMunkey

Fava beans. Do I have any fava beans at home? Must check. The red wine side of the cellar’s in good shape. I’m going to have to look to the whites here pretty soon. I’m down to a single bottle of Far Niente chardonnay that I’m saving for a special occasion.

No true patriot would leave his wine cellar unguarded in times like these!


44 posted on 10/22/2009 4:07:44 PM PDT by Noumenon (Work that AQT - turn ammunition into skill. No tyrant can maintain a 300 yard perimeter forever.)
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To: maine-iac7

Yeah, save a mouse, eat a..um ah, well the rest ain’t family safe.


45 posted on 10/22/2009 4:07:57 PM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: Brandonmark
If they come to my house trying to peddle this crap, my attack dachschund will take off an ankle. Maybe TWO!!!
46 posted on 10/22/2009 4:10:01 PM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: OpeEdMunkey

Hmmm...seems like we are gonna find out what vegetarians, animal rights activists, democrats, mao-ists, ACORN employees, United Nations employees, RINOS, and many other various america haters taste like real soon.

I’m not going to starve when they destroy my country.

There’s plenty of food walking around.


47 posted on 10/22/2009 4:12:05 PM PDT by chris37
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To: Brandonmark
With my dog counting as one landcruiser, guess that means I've got three.

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48 posted on 10/22/2009 4:12:16 PM PDT by SiVisPacemParaBellum (Peace through superior firepower!)
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To: willgolfforfood
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49 posted on 10/22/2009 4:12:18 PM PDT by digger48
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To: maine-iac7

I think Europe got rid of cats once before.

Plague was the result.


50 posted on 10/22/2009 4:19:20 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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